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The Hooded Man from Abu Ghraib: The Rest of the Story
Laura Mansfield and Vienna Die Presse ^ | December 27, 2005

Posted on 12/27/2005 5:39:10 AM PST by Calpernia

The Hooded Man from Abu Ghraib: The Rest of the Story

by Laura Mansfield

Do you remember this image? (See attached PDF file for image)

The hooded man is Haj Ali al Qaisi.

Haj Ali is known throughout the world because of this photograph showing him with a black hood over his head, standing on a box, with electric cords on his hands. The photo came to represent torture in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq at the hands of the American military.

Haj Ali, who now lives in Jordan and heads a group called the "Organization of Victims of US Occupation Prisons." He claims to continue to have nightmares and panic attacks, and claims that his hand still hurts from the “torture” that the photo illustrates.

In fact, Haj Ali wants to go on the international speaking circuit, and has tried to obtain visas to visit Austria and Italy. His visa applications have been denied.

When this story first broke, many pointed out that those treated in this manner were not likely to be petty criminals but were very likely to be suspect of more serious crimes.

It seems that in the case of Haj Ali, these suspicions are warranted, and are the reason that he has been denied visas to enter Italy and Austria.

The German publication Die Presse reported this morning that the Austrian Interior ministry claims that “Haj Ali al-Qaisi shows up in the Schengen database. The entry comes from Germany, and it involves matters from the Saddam Husayn period."

According to Die Presse, the ministry refused to divulge further details.

They report that before fall of Saddam Hussein’s government, Haj Ali was an official of Saddam's Ba'ath Party and acted as Mukhtar (village governor) in al-Madifai, a small village near Abu Ghraib.

Die Press says that Haj Ali claims that he did not do anything wrong during that time.

However, the publication cites reports from former Iraqi exiles which detail atrocities allegedly committed by Haj Ali.

Die Presse quotes an Iraqi named Ali al Zahid, currently living in Vienna and Munich, who says "Haj Ali was a secret service henchman. During his time as local governor, 38 persons were executed. Another 17 are still missing." Al Zahid claims that he and his entire family were maltreated for several months in one of Saddam's prisons.

According to Die Presse, al Zahid cites the case of a 17-year-old from al-Madifai, who was murdered by the regime in 1998. Al Zayid us quoted as statingL "I spoke with the victim's mother. She told me that her son had been taken away by Haj Ali and secret service agents. Twenty-eight days after the arrest, Haj Ali personally dropped off the 17-year-old's blood-soaked shirt with the words, ‘He cried like a girl.’ “

A translation of the article from Die Presse follows:

Iraqi Exiles in Austria Claim Former Abu-Ghurayb Prisoner Was Saddam Henchman "The Secret of the Hooded Man" Die Presse

Haj Ali became a symbol of the Abu-Ghurayb torture scandal. Iraqis in exile now accuse the ill-treated man of having blood on his own hands as a henchman of Saddam.

Vienna -- He is marked by the mistreatment, allegedly has nightmares and panic attacks. His left hand still aches from the torture that was inflicted on him. Haj Ali al-Qaisi is a victim of torture -- one of the most prominent torture victims in the world. The picture of the Iraqi went around the world: A man with a black hood over his head stands on a box, with electric cords on his hands. Haj Ali is the symbol for the Abu-Ghurayb torture scandal.

Today, he lives in Jordan and heads the "Organization of Victims of US Occupation Prisons." He has made it his mission to report on what US soldiers did to him and other Iraqis. In numerous interviews with Western media, Haj Ali described his ordeal: how the US torturers in Abu Ghurayb stripped him naked and bound, mocked, and beat him. How he stopped being a human being and became prisoner number 151716.

Haj Ali had also wanted to come to Italy and Austria to inform the public there of his dreadful experiences -- on the ORF "Vera" broadcast, for instance. Both of these countries, however, have denied him entry.

"Haj Ali al-Qaisi shows up in the Schengen database," the interior ministry says, in response to an inquiry from. "The entry comes from Germany, and it involves matters from the Saddam Husayn period." The ministry refuses to divulge details about this. Haj Ali's life did not first begin with his arrest by US soldiers. Before the United States marched into Iraq, he was an official of Saddam's Ba'ath Party and Mukhtar -- village governor -- in al-Madifai, a small village near Abu-Ghurayb.

According to his own account, he did not do anything wrong during that time. Former Iraqi exiles see it differently, however: "Haj Ali was a secret service henchman. During his time as local governor, 38 persons were executed. Another 17 are still missing," reports Ali al-Zahid to. Because of critical statements by his father, al-Zahid and his entire family were maltreated for several months in one of Saddam's prisons. Today, the young man lives in Munich and Vienna. He is a leading member of the new "Iraquna" Austrian-Iraqi friendship society.

Al-Zahid says that in his investigations, for instance, he came across the case of a 17-year-old from al-Madifai, who was murdered by the regime in 1998. "I spoke with the victim's mother. She told me that her son had been taken away by Haj Ali and secret service agents." Twenty-eight days after the arrest, Haj Ali personally dropped off the 17-year-old's blood-soaked shirt with the words, "He cried like a girl." That, at least is what the abducted victim's mother says. Was Haj Ali then a victim, a perpetrator, or both? First a governor by the grace of Saddam and an alleged secret service informer, he was later himself a victim of torture. It is a fate that is contradictory and symptomatic for Iraq, two and a half years after Saddam's overthrow.

(Description of Source: Vienna Die Presse in German -- independent centrist daily)

-------------------------------------- For more translations and news on terrorism, visit http://www.lauramansfield.com


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abughraib; abughurayb; almadifai; austria; baathparty; hajali; hajalialqaisi; hoodedman; hoodman; iraq; iraquna; mukhtar; ngo; ngos; saddamhusayn; saddamhussein
These are the most vile words I've read in my entire life.

Al-Zahid says that in his investigations, for instance, he came across the case of a 17-year-old from al-Madifai, who was murdered by the regime in 1998. "I spoke with the victim's mother. She told me that her son had been taken away by Haj Ali and secret service agents." Twenty-eight days after the arrest, Haj Ali personally dropped off the 17-year-old's blood-soaked shirt with the words, "He cried like a girl." That, at least is what the abducted victim's mother says.

1 posted on 12/27/2005 5:39:13 AM PST by Calpernia
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

ping


2 posted on 12/27/2005 5:40:22 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

You can say that again (Oops, already done,...but seriously, outstanding info, a good bit of info to retort the next poster of alleged US atrocities,...commit to memory Haj Ali).


3 posted on 12/27/2005 5:46:44 AM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: Calpernia
Before the United States marched into Iraq, he was an official of Saddam's Ba'ath Party and Mukhtar -- village governor -- in al-Madifai, a small village near Abu-Ghurayb.

But if Al-zahid was instead, an Einsatzgruppenfurher, he would've been hunted down like Eichmann. But since he's Muslim, he's a victim, unlike the "poor Germans" of yesterday.

4 posted on 12/27/2005 5:47:29 AM PST by Old Sarge (In a Hole in the Ground, there Lived a Fobbit...)
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To: Old Sarge

Why is he free in Jordan?


5 posted on 12/27/2005 5:50:53 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Sure helps me understand what McCain's intent was in stopping 'torture'!!!! (Sarcasm)


6 posted on 12/27/2005 5:54:24 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Calpernia

If he isn't guilty of anything, why is he living in Jordan? Must be he's afraid of what his victims will do to him if he returned to Iraq. I wonder if he was a participant in the hotel bombings in Jordan.


7 posted on 12/27/2005 5:54:55 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Calpernia

8 posted on 12/27/2005 5:55:00 AM PST by Alouette (Happy Hanukkah FReepers!)
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To: Calpernia; Old Sarge; Arrowhead1952; txradioguy; Coop
how the US torturers in Abu Ghurayb stripped him naked and bound, mocked, and beat him. How he stopped being a human being and became prisoner number 151716.

But did they fart in his general direction? Gimme a break. This guy had this treatment - and worse - coming. He should be thankful that it was the US who got him instead of his own people. I'm sure that mama wouldn't have minded taking things quite a bit further. I know I wouldn't.

9 posted on 12/27/2005 5:55:15 AM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Just mythoughts

Torture? This excrement needs killing. I read this last night before bed and I couldn't get that quote in post 1 out of my head all night. I still have a haunted sensation from it. I wasn't as affected by the beheading videos as I was from this.


10 posted on 12/27/2005 5:57:54 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: StarCMC

I'll join you.


11 posted on 12/27/2005 5:58:44 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Alouette

Yeah, that pic needed to be here. I couldn't do it though. Thanks Alouette.


12 posted on 12/27/2005 5:59:15 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Alouette

I hear they made him sing "I'm a Little Teapot"


13 posted on 12/27/2005 5:59:27 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Calpernia
The story is indeed haunting, yet look at the direction our Congress took regarding 'Abu Ghraib'. How can we as a nation end terrorism when some of our own keep insisting upon fracturing and disabling those who are fighting against it?
14 posted on 12/27/2005 6:03:35 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts

That is why it is a War On Terrorism and not a declared war on a country.


15 posted on 12/27/2005 6:05:07 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: theDentist
they made him sing "I'm a Little Teapot"

They should have strung colored lights on him and made him sing "O Tannenbaum"

16 posted on 12/27/2005 6:06:47 AM PST by Alouette (Happy Hanukkah FReepers!)
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To: StarCMC

If the insurgents had gotten to him, he may had his head taken off, not just a hood put on him.


17 posted on 12/27/2005 6:07:41 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (I never got a job from a person on a government program.)
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To: Calpernia
Thanks! Bookmarking for afters.

prisoner6

18 posted on 12/27/2005 6:09:17 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out)
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To: Calpernia

He tortures and murders a 17 yo and then cries like a baby that he was mistreated? He can dish it out, but he can't take it. What a wuss.

Fox just reported another mass grave with 100s, including children. I have no sympathy for this guy.


19 posted on 12/27/2005 6:10:48 AM PST by tioga (Happy New Year!)
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To: Calpernia

"That is why it is a War On Terrorism and not a declared war on a country."

Yes it is like the 'final' clash to save civilized societies and some days liberalism appears to be the safe house of this man's mentality.


20 posted on 12/27/2005 6:14:27 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Calpernia
Twenty-eight days after the arrest, Haj Ali personally dropped off the 17-year-old's blood-soaked shirt with the words, "He cried like a girl."

Ladies and gentlemen, the poster boy for the Democrat Party.

21 posted on 12/27/2005 6:16:28 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: Calpernia; All

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Proof again that FREEDOM for Iraq is THE Answer.


Tran Blasts Dean: Calls for Solidarity in Iraq

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1536289/posts

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22 posted on 12/27/2005 6:18:13 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Calpernia
Why is he free in Jordan?

Does THIS answer your question?

Ted KenneDhimmi and his quisling cronies made "panties on the head" equal to what Haj Ali did under Saddam's Rule!

KenneDhimmi deplored the VERY same behaviour he his nephews do at the KenneDhimmi Compound with unwitting women over Easter Vacation (Right Willie KenneDhimmi-Smith?)!

I'm sure the "Rape Room" has a nicer name at the KenneDhimmi Compound...probably the "Rose Room".

23 posted on 12/27/2005 6:25:39 AM PST by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: tioga

>>>>Fox just reported another mass grave with 100s, including children. I have no sympathy for this guy.

Thread on that now:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1547488/posts


24 posted on 12/27/2005 6:26:38 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

re: not a declared war on a country

I don't understand for the life of me why Congress can't declare "war on terrorists" and as a result advise anyone, anywhere that they are our enemies if they seek to do us harm. It might not do much legally, but it sure would be a confidence builder for Americans to have the President say, out loud, the kind of people we consider our enemies and say, REAL LOUD, the countries that are hiding or otherwise protecting or encouraging them.


25 posted on 12/27/2005 6:27:22 AM PST by jwpjr
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To: jwpjr

>>>>but it sure would be a confidence builder for Americans to have the President say, out loud, the kind of people we consider our enemies and say, REAL LOUD, the countries that are hiding or otherwise protecting or encouraging them.

He has.


26 posted on 12/27/2005 6:29:46 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
How he stopped being a human being

That happened long before we got to Iraq.

27 posted on 12/27/2005 6:33:58 AM PST by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: tioga

Excellent. Where's his mother, I'd like her address, to tell HER that he cries like a baby. You know, I'd like to see and meet the mothers of THESE men.

I really feel the need to feel extremely blessed to be a free ma.

I would really like to have some of these women over for a good bitch slap.


28 posted on 12/27/2005 6:43:45 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-What fools they are who doubt the ability of liberty to triumph over despotism)
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To: Calpernia

"That is why it is a War On Terrorism and not a declared war on a country."

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It should be a declared war on Islam.
I'm no history scholar, but aside from the US prison system, has islam ever been spread by other means than the sword?


29 posted on 12/27/2005 6:49:30 AM PST by Roccus
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To: Calpernia

re: He has

I agree, but it's been a long time and I would like to see his new speech punctuated by him waving a Congressional declaration of war!

Sometimes I get the feeling that he's the ONLY one in Washington that understands what is needed to win this war.


30 posted on 12/27/2005 6:52:13 AM PST by jwpjr
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To: Roccus
It should be a declared war on Islam. I'm no history scholar, but aside from the US prison system, has islam ever been spread by other means than the sword?
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It isn't a declared war on Islam because our war isn't stopping at the terrorist flavor of Islam. Islam couldn't have reached our shores without the assistance of the terrorist flavor of the left. Our war is on them too.

Example:

The enemy is within.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1489385/posts
My Enemy's Enemy by George Crile

(snip)

It was only the beginning of the extraordinary maneuvers Wilson had to make to push this bill through a highly reluctant Congress. By then even his most reliable ally, John Murtha, the chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, wanted to end the CIA program. Murtha was appalled at reports of the mujahideen's drug trafficking, but in the end he stood with Charlie, and his support guaranteed the bill's passage in the House. It was passed in the Senate that fall. The secret appropriation was hidden in the $298 billion Defense bill for fiscal year 1992. When it was presented for a vote, no one but the interested few noticed the $200 million earmarked for the Afghans.

(snip)

He then did a big favor for then-Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. (D-Mass.). The chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee at the time, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), had been caught in the FBI's ABSCAM sting operation in which an agent disguised as a Saudi sheik offered members of Congress large cash bribes. O'Neill put Wilson on the Ethics Committee to save Murtha, which he did. In return, O'Neill assigned Wilson to the defense appropriations subcommittee and made him a life member of the governing board of the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, where he delighted in taking his young dates.

(snip)

Rep. John Murtha (PA)(1981) H. REP. NO. 97-1004, 97th Cong., 1st Sess., at 6 (1983) Bribery and conspiracy Preliminary inquiry voted (May 28, 1981); dismissed (July 28, 1981) (Special Counsel resigned) Resolutions to investigate (Oct. 2, 1980 and March 4, 1981) Rep. John Murtha (PA)(1981)

 

H. REP. NO. 97-1004, 97th Cong., 1st Sess., at 6 (1983)

Bribery and conspiracy

Preliminary inquiry voted (May 28, 1981); dismissed (July 28, 1981) (Special Counsel resigned)

Resolutions to investigate (Oct. 2, 1980 and March 4, 1981)

ABSCAM Investigation;  recused from ABSCAM-related investigations (member of Standards Comm.)

As for Islam, Arabic is our tool also. It doesn't translate word for word. It translates as per context. We are redefining the translations to support 'Islam Lite' in our rebuilding of Iraq.

31 posted on 12/27/2005 6:54:48 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: jwpjr

I agree. I, too, am very impatient for calling a spade a spade. I could never go into politics because I have no tolerance to wait for the other shoe to drop.


32 posted on 12/27/2005 6:56:19 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

I Bet he cried like a Girl /sarcasm off


33 posted on 12/27/2005 6:59:53 AM PST by Garvin (Semper Fi, Mac !)
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To: Calpernia

"We are redefining the translations to support "Islam Lite" in our rebuilding of Iraq."

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And it will bite us in the a$$! Islam and its supporters must be wiped from the face of the planet. As another FReper so aptly put it."I learned all I need to know about islam on 9/11."


34 posted on 12/27/2005 7:03:28 AM PST by Roccus
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To: Roccus

You are right, we have been bit in the ass before. Hopefully with staying the course this time, the rebuilding will be different.


I have a daily ping list of GNFI postings. They are inspiring and support the course we are taking.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=gnfi


I only learned about Islam on 9/11 myself. I not only saw it with my own eyes, I lost loved ones. I smelt that horror for months to follow. These are my pics, except for the first aerial shot.

http://www.newyorkcitycommunity.com/ground0.htm


35 posted on 12/27/2005 7:10:34 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: jan in Colorado; USF

Ping...don't know if you'd seen this.


36 posted on 12/27/2005 7:52:28 AM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Calpernia

Regarding that last link of yours...

My stomach hurts...


37 posted on 12/27/2005 7:55:03 AM PST by Old Sarge (In a Hole in the Ground, there Lived a Fobbit...)
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To: Alouette; Old Sarge
"Haj Ali was a secret service henchman. During his time as local governor, 38 persons were executed. Another 17 are still missing," reports Ali al-Zahid to.

Such a wonderful accomplishment from a totally innocent victim.

38 posted on 12/27/2005 8:01:10 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Calpernia

39 posted on 12/27/2005 6:50:33 PM PST by devolve (<-- (--in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohn--)
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To: Calpernia

BTTT


40 posted on 02/16/2006 11:54:35 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: Calpernia

Bump.


41 posted on 02/17/2006 12:09:29 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: BIGLOOK; ALOHA RONNIE; An Old Marine; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; KylaStarr; Cindy; ...

>>>>Haj Ali, who now lives in Jordan and heads a group called the "Organization of Victims of US Occupation Prisons."

The group is also called, Association of Victims of American Occupation Prisons AND it is funded by NGOs!


42 posted on 02/17/2006 4:18:42 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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