Readers of my columns in TAC and at antiwar might recall that I have been inquiring about the status of Israeli spy Ben-Ami Kadish, who was arrested in April and has since fallen into a black hole, with no record of any continuing judicial process and no mention in the MSM.  I suggested that those who spy for Israel appear to have a “get out of jail free” card as there is seldom any aggressive prosecution of their cases.  I have recently learned that Kadish, who is free on bail in spite of the considerable risk that he would flee to Israel, had been granted a number of delays by the presiding judge.  Yesterday he appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the single charge of failing to register as an agent of Israel.  The charges of espionage and obstruction of justice were dismissed and the prosecution has indicated that it will not oppose a no-prison time punishment when Kadish is actually sentenced next month.  Kadish’s lawyer expressed his pleasure with the outcome and added “…we hope that Mr. Kadish can go on and spend the golden years of his life with his lovely wife, Doris.”  Kadish personally wished everyone a happy new year as he left the courtroom.  Kadish has admitted that he provided hundreds of classified documents relating to American ballistic technology to Israel while he was employed as an engineer at New Jersey’s Pickatinny Arsenal.

The Wash Post reported the story and also another one relating to Iraqi-born Maryland resident Mouyad Mahmoud Darwish, who was arrested on December 24th.  Darwish allegedly provided information to Saddam Hussein’s government in 2000 while working “as a restaurant cook in Laurel and doing odd jobs at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington.”  He has not been granted bail and faces five years in prison if convicted.  It was not clear what information he provided to Saddam given his access as a cook in suburban Maryland.

Duh?