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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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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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