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Convicted Terrorist Worked As Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

Illinois woman's certification revoked shortly after her arrest last fall, reports National Review Online.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh | From the documentar "Women in Struggle"
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh | From the documentar "Women in Struggle"
By Dennis Robaugh

CHICAGO — A convicted terrorist who was arrested on suspicion that she hid her past to obtain U.S. citizenship was working in Illinois as an Obamacare navigator, reports the National Review Online in a story published Feb. 26.

Authorities were unaware of Rasmieh Yousef Odeh's conviction for her involvement in a deadly 1969 grocery store bombing in Israel and two other attacks when she entered the country.

She was arrested by federal agents at her Evergreen Park home in October 2013 and pleaded not guilty to the charges in November.

Health insurance marketplace navigators help people prepare their applications to establish eligibility for enrollment for health coverage. On Nov. 24, 2013, the Illinois Department of Insurance revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor, reports Jillian Kay Melchior in the National Review Online.

Reports Melchior:

The Illinois DOI conducts background checks on navigators. National Review Online obtained the comprehensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background report for Odeh, which does not note any past criminal offenses.

According to the director of insurance’s ... revocation letter, the Department of Insurance found out about Odeh’s history after the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Michigan, notified the public about her prior convictions.

Odeh was the subject of a 2004 documentary, Women in Struggle. The documentary recounts how Odeh and two other women became active in the national fight for Palestinian independence.

In 1969, Odeh was convicted of placing bombs in a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem. The bomb in the supermarket detonated, killing two people and injuring others. The second bomb caused structural damage to the consulate building, according to a federal indictment.

Odeh was convicted in an Israeli military court and sentenced to life in prison. During her incarceration, Odeh, as well as the film’s other female subjects, allege that they were beaten, tortured and raped into giving up information about Palestinian liberation groups.

After 10 years in prison, Odeh was released and transferred to Lebanon in a prisoner swap.

The documentary shows Odeh as unrepentant about her actions.

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REVMAN February 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Safety first--I can not believe AMERICA has become a country of LIARS and the liberals keep sticking up for ALL of them. Well guess what liberals YOUR CHILDREN ARE LISTENING and they think LYING is OK.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM
we bring back hanging for terrorists yet?
Shirley Dicktor February 28, 2014 at 01:01 PM
THIS IS NOT LOCAL TO SO. CALIF.! When should I even think about STUFF going in in Ill. we have enough of our own STUFF!
Just saying February 28, 2014 at 02:13 PM
By the time he's is done, we will be 20T, yes trillion, in debt. I knew we were doomed when he went to pick the Homeland Security Director. Did he pick maybe an ex-military general? Nope. Did he pick maybe a former CIA director? Nope. Instead he picked the governor of Arizona who let more people cross the border from Mexico than probably any other governor. She even didn;t want the words "illegal aliens" used any more.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 02:29 PM
can use just illegals is fine
nobody February 28, 2014 at 03:39 PM
OMG... you people are unbelievable. I don't know why I keep reading this. Kind of masochistic.
Vindaloo February 28, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Her arrest was 45 f'n years ago. Blame the Michigan District Court and the FBI for not calling her out. 9 aliases. But what cracks me up is all the comments about this. Anything to blame OC. It's always Obama's fault. Now we're just acting desperate. Grabbing at anything. The woman worked for a short time and was discovered. That is a very dangerous situation, but..........These people are all over the world and work for a lot of organizations. You've probable gotten a call from them at one time or another. And....talk about security with OC. Do you people actually think your info isn't already out there. How do you think you can check your credit score with just your social security number? Get a grip. Stop this tabloid bullshit. That is exactly why this only shows up on propaganda websites. I doubt it to be accurate. Can't find any other info on it but the same repeated article on every site. What a waste of time.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 07:21 PM
hanging?
John Santaella February 28, 2014 at 07:30 PM
@ nobody, I said at the beginning of this thread that it was all headline and no story. The comments are mostly comical. Bushco gave us two wars that will cost us 4 TRILLION dollars and these yahoos are blaming Obama. They're FOX washed.
nobody February 28, 2014 at 07:48 PM
My friend said that "this is basically rage porn for racists. No one here is reading, they are just shouting at the black guy"
John Santaella February 28, 2014 at 08:03 PM
'rage porn for racists' Love it.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 08:14 PM
bush obuma, who effin cares when you numbnuts realise they are all on the team give me wake up. or keep arguing like lil fuking girls until we get nuked.
Chip Long February 28, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Obama is the most unqualified President this country has ever had. In his extremely short time as a Senator, his record shows that he never voted on an issue, except to say present. And now the country is suffering for his lack of experience. We have the largest debt this country has ever had, more people are on welfare and government aid than ever before, Obamcare is going to be a financial disaster with over 6 million people having lost their medical insurance, and this does not count the untold number that have to now pay a higher premium. He does not have the skills to bring people together and has surrounded himself with "yes" people with little business experience. His wife is an extreme racists and if you don't believe that read her Princeton senior thesis, I have read it. Obama was elected solely because he is black.
Ana Ham February 28, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Seems like everyone connected to Owebamacare lies. hmm
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:53 AM
dumbakrauts, wait till hillary gets in for the next 8
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 07:39 AM
good luck trying to throw out the first woman prezzie
sandy bottom March 01, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Republiklansmen
roger hawrylicz March 01, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Have to wonder about the people that are defending this bitch in a veiled way.
maizenbluedoc March 01, 2014 at 11:03 AM
This appears to be SOP for the Obama ruling class.
Hitchens! March 01, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Where are the editors of this site anymore. Lauren Traut, why are you not deleting this flood of racist remarks on the site? These boards should be shuttered until the out of town trolls go away. Keep this a family and community site!
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:24 PM
maybe the russians took it over.
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:41 PM
oh yea sorry they made me vote dem in the mil. didnt have choice was in boot they make you vote who they want also does that with donations. can i get a witness?
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:42 PM
they said was gonna be a new gayer military and how I should thank obama for it.
John Santaella March 01, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Steven W. you are so full of it. I doubt you even served in the military.
John Santaella March 01, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Not so fast , I don't know where you are but I agree with you. So much racist crap here. It's not much different on other sites though. BTW, I didn't vote for Obama but it had nothing to do with race. There is so much hatred in this country. And, as I said in the beginning of this thread: there is no story here.
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mm3264 March 02, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Why should we treat this terrorist different than any American born one. WE could start with Reagan, Daddy Bush, Ollie North and most of their administrations for selling weapons to terrorists in Iran
Steve Wade March 03, 2014 at 08:29 PM
ever since gunpowder was made u.s been selling weapons so what the red or blue bs doesnt mean anything when commies park subs in the gulf. And when hillary gets it by a landslide by idiotic voters lost the m.e allies as well idiot.
yourusmcboyelvises March 03, 2014 at 08:35 PM
you all better nut up befours those ruskies gobble them pubics hars and turn you all into ladies.

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