U.S. Punishment for Whistle Blowers

The Wall Street Journal has provided a fresh outlook on the latest Iraqi crisis through the perspective of the Jonathan Pollard affair. An August 6th article by Boston University Prof. Angelo Codevilla, a former senior staff member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, shows that although what Pollard did was undeniably against the law, it should now be realized that he did not hurt Washington's intelligence operations per se, but only "subverted U.S. policy in the Middle East." Codevilla then goes on to show exactly what that policy was: the building of an "important" and "fruitful" relationship with Saddam Hussein, which later led directly to the Gulf War and the ensuing crises. Codevilla writes that Pollard's sin was "blowing the whistle on an embarrassing policy." By doing so, he embarrassed administration officials such as then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and then-Deputy CIA Director Bobby Ray Inman, leading to Pollard's being sentenced to life instead of the more appropriate sentence of four years.

Prof. Codevilla writes, "Some senior officials of the U.S. government had decided that Israel should not have certain information about Iraq and other Arab countries because the officials did not like what Israel was doing with it... Some senior U.S. officials were angry at Israel for getting in the way of their Middle East policy. In 1981, shortly after Israel had bombed the Osirak reactor that had been the centerpiece of Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program, Inman went to Capitol Hill to criticize the Israelis, who had used U.S. satellite pictures to plan the bombing. Mr. Inman said they had harmed sophisticated U.S. efforts to build an important relationship with Saddam... [He] reported to incredulous senators in 1982 that U.S.intelligence no longer supported the conclusion that Iraq was a major sponsor of terrorism. High-level officials dismissed concerns about Baghdad's purchase of a chemical facility that became the centerpiece of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons program, and during the 1980s these officials provided Saddam with U.S. weapons and intelligence. These officials also knew about - and failed to hinder - the transfer of German technology to the Saad 16 missile factory in northern Iraq. This policy, vigorously pursued by Washington until the very eve of the Gulf War, turned Iraq into a danger to mankind. This policy helped supply the technologies that killed U.S. soldiers in the Gulf War - the technologies for which inspectors now are searching fruitlessly and that may well kill other Americans in the future."

Arutz Sheva News Service Monday, August 10, 1998




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