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Podcast: Attorney for Palestinian American Organizer Rasmea Odeh Discusses Significance of Her Conviction

Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh, who immigrated to the United States about twenty years ago, was convicted on November 10 of immigration fraud by a jury in Detroit. She immediately was taken into custody and jailed after the judge revoked her bond during an afternoon hearing.

Supporters of Odeh put out a statement after the verdict calling the result a “travesty of justice,” and adding, “Although there is real anger and disappointment in the jury’s verdict, it was known as early as October 27th that she would not get a full and fair trial.”

Michael Deutsch, who was the lead attorney for Odeh in the case, appeared on “Unauthorized Disclosure,” to talk about the verdict and what happened during trial. He explains how the judge gutted her defense, blocking her from being able to testify about how she was subjected to sexual torture by Israeli soldiers in 1969. The military coerced a confession out of her that she had been involved in bombings and then convicted her of terrorism. But she could not talk about this experience from the stand.

After the interview, Rania Khalek and I discuss the United Nations Committee Against Torture proceedings in which the US delegation was confronted on issues related to US torture. We highlight what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, as people prepare for the announcement on whether Officer Wilson will be indicted for killing Mike Brown. Khalek describes how journalists Max Blumenthal and David Sheen might be banned from German parliament. We also discuss Navy war games over national parks and a US Marshal’s Service dragnet spy program.

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Transcript after the jump.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."