Unauthorized Disclosure

Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek are joined by one of the attorneys for Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted of an immigration fraud offense in Detroit on November 10. She was immediately arrested and jailed after the judge revoked her bond and will be in detention until her sentencing on March 10. 

Deutsch provides background on who she is, why the government knew who she was and allowed her into the United States, how she was torture victim who had been abused by Israeli forces, how the judge gutted Odeh's defense and sought to protect Israel and how the prosecutors, in many ways, pursued this like a terrorism case. 

In the discussion portion after the interview, we discuss the UN Committee Against Torture proceedings with the US delegation, journalists Max Blumenthal and David Sheen possibly being banned from German parliament, a Navy war games exercise threatening national park land with electromagnetic radiation and a US Marshal's Service dragnet spy program intercepting phone communications.

 

 

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Nathan Patches Pim, a Food Not Bombs volunteer, joins the podcast to highlight what has been happening in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with people resisting a sharing ban against feeding the homeless. He recaps several arrests that happened in the past week and then discusses what is behind the city pushing laws to criminalize the homeless. 

During the discussion portion, the show's hosts, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola, discuss the outcome of the midterm elections, the Pentagon learning from Israeli about how to prevent civilian deaths, the coup leader in Burkina Faso having US military training and a school in Huntsville, Alabama, placing its students under dragnet surveillance and expelling mostly black children. 

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Page May, organizer with We Charge Genocide, joins "Unauthorized Disclosure" this week to talk about the group's "shadow report" to the UN Committee Against Torture on Chicago police violence and the process of putting it together. She discusses police militarization, sexual assault by police, mass detention and harassment in the context of a system with a history that goes all the way back to the days of slavery in the United States. She also addresses where the name comes from, its historical basis and how it helps frame the group's organizing efforts in Chicago.

In the discussion portion, we discuss Israel closing the Al Aqsa mosque, US military plans to deploy "advisers" to the Anbar province in Iraq and the FBI impersonating repairmen and media organization, accused cop killer Eric Frein's capture, and Josh Rogin and Eli Lake's new job with Bloomberg. 

 

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Hosts Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek are joined by journalist and author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, Max Blumenthal. He also shares his experiences in Israel and Gaza in the midst and aftermath of Israel's summer assault, which killed over two thousand Palestinians and damaged infrastructure more severely than Israel's two previous wars on Gaza.

He also talks about the fanatical protesters he encountered when he went to the Lincoln Center on the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera's "Death of Klinghoffer" and how Jewish people are perpetuating the "spirit of the Holocaust" to maintain their status in the world and preserve Israeli military occupation of Palestinians. 

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This week on the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast the guest is Cori Crider, a director for Reprieve and a counsel representing Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab. She describes the kind of treatment Dhiab has suffered in Guantanamo while he has been on hunger strike and why he decided to bring a lawsuit against the United States government. She highlights the significance of 32 videos of Dhiab's force-feeding and forced removal from his cell, which a federal judge has ordered be released (although the government is appealing). She also discusses the critical role she plays as an attorney who can publicly advocate for Dhiab while he remains in indefinite detention.

During the discussion portion, hosts Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek debrief and reflect on "Ferguson October," since they were both there in St. Louis last weekend to cover the "weekend of resistance." Then, the show highlights plans by the Obama administration to build a new rebel force for battle in Syria, a bill that passed in Pennsylvania which will make it possible for inmates and former offenders to be silenced if they want to engage in speech and a report that only 4% of US drone strike victims in Pakistan have been al Qaeda.

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*NOT AN EPISODE OF "UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE"*

This is a special upload and recording of Steven Salaita speaking at Columbia College Chicago. He has been touring colleges and universities in Chicago to speak about academic freedom and his case, where the University of Illinois fired him for tweets he sent about Israel's assault on Gaza. 

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Hosts Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek are joined by Montague Simmons, chair of Organization for Black Struggle (OBS). He provides an update on aggressive action by police against protestors. He talks about helping community residents feel they will be secure when they participate in actions and how "jail support" is being handled. He also offers a preview of an upcoming weekend of resistance, "Ferguson October," that will take place October 10-13. 

During the discussion portion, Gosztola and Khalek talk a bit about Ebola (they don't have it). Then, the war in Syria and Iraq is highlighted, particularly how Obama has abandoned the "near-certainty" standard, which was developed to prevent civilian casualties in the administration's covert drone war. We talk NSA spying and how the government has its own definition of "collection" that does not mean what you might think. And the show wraps with Khalek reflecting on a hashtag she and journalist Max Blumenthal started, which garnered quite a bit of attention: #JSIL. 

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Hosts Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek are joined by Peter Hart, the activism director for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). Hart discusses some of the myths in media coverage of the escalated war in Iraq and Syria. He talks about Obama being treated as a "reluctant warrior" and the effect that has on news reports. He also highlights fear mongering that has been ongoing. 

In the discussion segment, Gosztola talks about Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation and how Holder presided over a Justice Department that is still investigating antiwar activists. He then gets into how an Alabama judge suspended the First Amendment for a little over a week and what is happening in Ferguson with an escalation in police targeting community organizers.

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Hosts Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek are joined by retired Army colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright, who resigned from the State Department in 2003 in protest against the Iraq War. She discusses her organizing with CODEPINK, which spent the past week demonstrating in hearings on Capitol Hill on the Obama administration's plans to combat ISIS. She reacts to Secretary of State John Kerry calling out CODEPINK and also discusses an op-ed written by Chelsea Manning on what the US should do to fight ISIS. 

During the discussion portion of the show, we acknowledge the votes in Congress giving Obama the go-ahead to train and arm Syrian rebels. Khalek highlights a story she wrote this week on an Israeli drone conference. We talk about Israel's NSA scandal with Unit 8200 members blowing the whistle on spying against innocent Palestinians. Then, we move on to the Justice Department invoking the state secrets privilege to protect an anti-Iran advocacy group and wrap up our show covering the US response to the spread of Ebola in north African countries. 

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Hosts Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek interview Shane Bauer, who is a reporter for Mother Jones and recently attended the massive "Urban Shield" police meet-up and training exercise in Oakland, California. He had many following his reporting on the event on Twitter, and he interviewed vendors and snapped many amazing, if not also disturbing, photos of what was happening. And, before the five-day meet-up was over, Bauer had his media badge taken by police and he was booted.

During the discussion portion, we talk about going to President Barack Obama's announcement that America is going to war against ISIS—and how the Obama administration won't call it a a war on ISIS. Khalek highlights a report she did on a religious zealot Israeli general, who ordered an Israeli soldier to be killed by friendly fire rather than captured by Hamas. The episode concludes with some talk about District Attorney Sam Sutter. Sutter stunned environmental activists this past week when he had criminal charges against two men who engaged in direct action dropped because he sympathizes with their view that climate change is a serious crisis. 

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