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Human Events Online (Contributors) ^ | 11-22-2006 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 11/22/2006 2:59:00 PM PST by Vinny

Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether.

Witnesses said the imams stood to do their evening prayers in the terminal before boarding, chanting "Allah, Allah, Allah" -- coincidentally, the last words heard by hundreds of airline passengers on 9/11 before they died.

Witnesses also said that the imams were talking about Saddam Hussein, and denouncing America and the war in Iraq. About the only scary preflight ritual the imams didn't perform was the signing of last wills and testaments.

After boarding, the imams did not sit together and some asked for seat belt extensions, although none were morbidly obese. Three of the men had one-way tickets and no checked baggage.

Also they were Muslims.

The idea that a Muslim boycott against US Airways would hurt the airline proves that Arabs are utterly tone-deaf. This is roughly the equivalent of Cindy Sheehan taking a vow of silence. How can we hope to deal with people with no sense of irony? The next thing you know, New York City cab drivers will be threatening to bathe.

Come to think of it, the whole affair may have been a madcap advertising scheme cooked up by US Airways.

It worked with me. US Airways is my official airline now. Northwest, which eventually flew the Allah-spouting Muslims to their destinations, is off my list. You want to really hurt a U.S. air carrier's business? Have Muslims announce that it's their favorite airline.

The clerics had been attending an imam conference in Minneapolis (imam conference slogan: "What Happens in Minneapolis -- Actually, Nothing Happened in Minneapolis"). But instead of investigating the conference, the government is now investigating my favorite airline.

What threat could Muslims flying from Minnesota to Arizona be?

Three of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 received their flight training in Arizona. Long before the attacks, an FBI agent in Phoenix found it curious that so many Arabs were enrolled in flight school. But the FBI rebuffed his request for an investigation on the grounds that his suspicions were based on the same invidious racial profiling that has brought US Airways under investigation and into my good graces.

Lynne Stewart's client, the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, is serving life in prison in a maximum security lock-up in Minnesota. One of the six imams removed from the US Airways plane was blind, so Lynne Stewart was the one missing clue that would have sent all the passengers screaming from the plane.

Wholly apart from the issue of terrorism, don't we have a seller's market for new immigrants? How does a blind Muslim get to the top of the visa list? Is there a shortage of blind, fanatical clerics in this country that I haven't noticed? Couldn't we get some Burmese with leprosy instead? A 4-year-old could do a better job choosing visa applicants than the U.S. Department of Immigration.

One of the stunt-imams in US Airways' advertising scheme, Omar Shahin, complained about being removed from the plane, saying: "Six scholars in handcuffs. It's terrible."

Yes, especially when there was a whole conference of them! Six out of 150 is called "poor law enforcement." How did the other 144 "scholars" get off so easy?

Shahin's own "scholarship" consisted of continuing to deny Muslims were behind 9/11 nearly two months after the attacks. On Nov. 4, 2001, the Arizona Republic cited Shahin's "skepticism that Muslims or bin Laden carried out attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon." Shahin complained that the government was "focusing on the Arabs, the Muslims. And all the evidence shows that the Muslims are not involved in this terrorist act."

In case your memory of that time is hazy, within three days of the attack, the Justice Department had released the names of all 19 hijackers -- names like Majed Moqed, Ahmed Alghamdi, Mohand Alshehri, Ahmed Ibrahim A. Al Haznawi and Ahmed Alnami. The government had excluded all but 19 passengers as possible hijackers based on extensive interviews with friends and family of nearly every passenger on all four flights. Some of the hijackers' seat numbers had been called in by flight attendants on the planes.

By early October, bin Laden had produced a videotape claiming credit for the attacks. And by Nov. 4, 2001, the New York Times had run well over 100 articles on the connections between bin Laden and the hijackers -- even more detailed and sinister than the Times' flowcharts on neoconservatives!

Also, if I remember correctly, al Qaeda had taken out full-page ads in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter thanking their agents for the attacks.

But now, on the eve of the busiest travel day in America, these "scholars" have ginned up America's PC victim machinery to intimidate airlines and passengers from noticing six imams chanting "Allah" before boarding a commercial


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1 posted on 11/22/2006 2:59:03 PM PST by Vinny
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To: Vinny
Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline.

From now on, I'll only fly on US Airways.

2 posted on 11/22/2006 3:05:34 PM PST by rickmichaels (God Bless America, Land That I Love...)
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To: rickmichaels

I think this merits purchasing some stock of this wise airline.


3 posted on 11/22/2006 3:06:55 PM PST by rovenstinez (,)
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To: Vinny

"Three of the men had one-way tickets and no checked baggage."

An important and scary detail.


4 posted on 11/22/2006 3:07:04 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
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To: Vinny

5 posted on 11/22/2006 3:07:59 PM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: Vinny

"The idea that a Muslim boycott against US Airways would hurt the airline proves that Arabs are utterly tone-deaf. This is roughly the equivalent of Cindy Sheehan taking a vow of silence."

LMAO!!!!!


6 posted on 11/22/2006 3:08:11 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Send Lawyers, Guns And Money *Not Necessarily In That Order*)
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To: Vinny
Ya know...it's about time the Imams resort to a more traditional sky ride. Enviromentally friendly to appease the liberals too.


7 posted on 11/22/2006 3:08:28 PM PST by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Vinny
You know the rules.
8 posted on 11/22/2006 3:09:28 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: tflabo

Why in the world would they even consider flying on something that was invented by, developed by, and flown by INFIDELS???


9 posted on 11/22/2006 3:11:53 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Vinny
If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether.

Zinger of the year.

10 posted on 11/22/2006 3:14:06 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Vinny
And for your listening enjoyment. Be sure to turn the volume up; -- Strangers on my Flight
11 posted on 11/22/2006 3:14:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Vinny
If US Air is smart they'll get a marketing campaign started based on this development ASAP.
12 posted on 11/22/2006 3:15:18 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: stockstrader

Same reason they get Sh--tfaced drunk when they come to the US, and go to strip clubs.


13 posted on 11/22/2006 3:15:25 PM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: Vinny
Allahboard.

Sorry, I couldn't resist ...
14 posted on 11/22/2006 3:15:31 PM PST by John Lenin (The most dangerous place for a child in America is indeed in its mother's womb)
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To: Vinny

Sounds like these Imams were deliberately taunting the airline, and the system. When is the last time anyone here flew to a 'conference' without luggage, or with a one way ticket?


15 posted on 11/22/2006 3:15:48 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: Vinny

I sure won't be flying Northwest anytime soon. After they boarded this obvious security threat onto a flight. The radical Muslims belong in jail.

Anybody that denies bin Laden was behind 9/11 should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI. Just as Germany ultimately had to crack down on Holocaust deniers.


16 posted on 11/22/2006 3:16:04 PM PST by nj26 (Border Security=Homeland Security... Put Our Military on the Border! (Proud2BNRA))
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To: Vinny
US Airways stock (ticker symbol, LCC) was UP over $2/share today!!

Yep, the threat of a MUSLIM BOYCOTT sure hurt US Airways. /s

17 posted on 11/22/2006 3:16:21 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: mockingbyrd
An important and scary detail.

Indeed. Who flies one way from attending a conference? They took a bus one way from Phoenix to attend it?

18 posted on 11/22/2006 3:17:30 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Vinny

Personally, I'd fly exclusively on any airline that Muslims boycott, even if I had to fly a few thousand miles out of my way to do it.


19 posted on 11/22/2006 3:17:55 PM PST by stop_fascism
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To: Vinny
The idea that a Muslim boycott against US Airways would hurt the airline proves that Arabs are utterly tone-deaf.

I still berate US Scareways, but I'll happily fly'em now.

20 posted on 11/22/2006 3:19:00 PM PST by mhking (I make my livin' on the evening news....)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
The idea that a Muslim boycott against US Airways would hurt the airline proves that Arabs are utterly tone-deaf. This is roughly the equivalent of Cindy Sheehan taking a vow of silence. How can we hope to deal with people with no sense of irony? The next thing you know, New York City cab drivers will be threatening to bathe.

LOL ping.

21 posted on 11/22/2006 3:19:35 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: SandRat

ROTFL!


22 posted on 11/22/2006 3:19:54 PM PST by Vinny (Tolerance is a device used as a prelude to a new Intolerance)
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To: nj26

"The radical Muslims belong in jail. " No, they belong in the ground.


23 posted on 11/22/2006 3:21:21 PM PST by Gunny Gene
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To: Vinny
Also they were Muslims.

LOL.

24 posted on 11/22/2006 3:22:59 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: mhking

Their food is nauseating (even by airline standards) and they always lose your luggage, but hey, if the Muzzies don't want to fly them, they're my airline! I read that US Airways was making a hostile bid for Delta. I normally fly Delta, but after the takeover, I guess maybe I'll be lucky enough to be on a Muslim-free airline!


25 posted on 11/22/2006 3:24:54 PM PST by livius
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To: Vinny
the imams were talking about Saddam Hussein, and denouncing America and the war in Iraq.

If this were a perfect world, these "imams" would have not only been allowed to fly, they would have had preferential boarding.

Airlines extend you that courtesy when you're seriously injured and in a wheelchair.

26 posted on 11/22/2006 3:25:46 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: rickmichaels
"From now on, I'll only fly on US Airways."

A far cry from their Al-legheny Airlines days.


27 posted on 11/22/2006 3:26:21 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: radar101

fighting spirt?


28 posted on 11/22/2006 3:28:54 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Vinny

You can love her or you can hate her, but odds are that if you find her argument lacking, it probably means you are a pussy.


29 posted on 11/22/2006 3:30:35 PM PST by Pukin Dog (I will vote for Hillary Clinton for President, before I will vote for John McCain.)
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To: radar101

Ms. Coulter is a first class jerk, but even a blind bird find a worm once in a while. This time she's accurate and says it well.


30 posted on 11/22/2006 3:30:40 PM PST by middie
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To: Vinny
Don't be too quick to switch airlines Ann. Here's the email I got from them after I praised them for looking out for the safety of their passengers:

Dear Valued Customer:

Thank you for taking the time to contact Customer Relations at US Airways. Your comments and perception of US Airways are very important to us.

We are aware of the situation involving six customers on US Airways Flight 300 from Minneapolis to Phoenix on the evening of November 20th, and are diligently conducting our own investigation. We are debriefing crewmembers and ground personnel as well as working with local law enforcement. We will cooperate fully with all of the appropriate law enforcement officials to determine the facts surrounding this incident.

We are always concerned when passengers are inconvenienced and especially concerned when a situation occurs which causes customers to feel their dignity was compromised. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind and will continue to exhaust our internal investigation until we know the facts of this case and can provide answers for the employees and customers involved.

Thank you for sharing your comments and allowing us the opportunity to explain our position.

Sincerely,

Barbara Madgett US Airways Customer Relations
4000 E. Sky Harbor Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85034
1-800-363-2542

31 posted on 11/22/2006 3:32:33 PM PST by TopDog2 (Onward Christian soldiers...)
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To: Vinny
3 ways to stop Muslims from boarding airlines at all: Paint Porky Pig with wings on the nose of the plane. Only serve Pork on the flights. And, upholster all the seats with pig skin leather.
32 posted on 11/22/2006 3:33:45 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: nj26

It's just absurd to the point of hilarity, except it's not funny. The news at the top of the hour on the radio today was interviewing airline passengers dutifully reciting how many ounces of liquids they can carry they are authorized to carry on. If the slaughter of 9/11 can't get those in our government to wake up and cut out the PC nonsense, nothing will. I will never fly again, unless forced, as long as this absolute nonsense bullshit is being foisted on the good citizenry.


33 posted on 11/22/2006 3:33:45 PM PST by Freedom4US (u)
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To: Vinny
From www.nytimes.com:
...The six men detained, all imams, had attended a Minneapolis conference of the North American Imams Federation.

They were handcuffed by the police and led off the flight, bound for Phoenix, after reports from passengers and crew members of "unsettling" behavior, according to a police report.

One passenger had slipped a note to a flight attendant that began, "6 suspicious Arabic men on plane," the report said...

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...Detailed accounts of the incident varied. Witnesses, including a number of passengers and US Airways employees, said they heard some of the men making anti-American remarks and chanting "Allah," first as they boarded the plane and then when led off, Mr. Hogan said.

Others said the men behaved strangely once on board, with some asking for seat belt extensions, the police report said. "I did not see they actually needed them," one flight attendant wrote in a statement given to the police. "They were not overweight."

Dr. Shahin disagreed, saying the extensions were necessary for their "big bodies."

In another statement, a gate agent said some of the imams had been praying in Arabic in the gate area. "I was suspicious by the way they were praying very loud," the agent said.

A second imam, Ahmad Tafish Shqeirat, said that three of the six had prayed in the gate area, in the ritual of evening prayers, but had not meant to be disruptive and indeed had taken pains not to disturb other passengers.


34 posted on 11/22/2006 3:34:05 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Vinny

I have nothing against Muslims / Mullahs flying on an airplane that I am not on. Heck, "FIT IN OR FLY OUT."


35 posted on 11/22/2006 3:35:39 PM PST by Sam Ketcham (Amnesty means vote dilution, increased taxes to bring them UP to the Poverty Level!)
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To: Vinny

Bet you the boycott doesn't work.


36 posted on 11/22/2006 3:39:51 PM PST by Chewie84
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To: Vinny
Welcome Muslim Boycott Bump

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

37 posted on 11/22/2006 3:40:12 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: stop_fascism

Personally, I'd fly exclusively on any airline that Muslims boycott, even if I had to fly a few thousand miles out of my way to do it.

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Ditto...


38 posted on 11/22/2006 3:40:29 PM PST by cowdog77 ("Are there any brave men left in Washington or are they all cowards?")
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To: stop_fascism
I would fly from Phoenix to Chicago on US Air even if it meant flying west
39 posted on 11/22/2006 3:40:51 PM PST by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Vinny

Thank You US Airways!!!


40 posted on 11/22/2006 3:41:46 PM PST by ladyinred (RIP my precious Lamb Chop)
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To: Vinny

whatever happened to the 'flying carpet'?...


41 posted on 11/22/2006 3:41:59 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Vinny
If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether.

That's going to leave a mark.

5.56mm

42 posted on 11/22/2006 3:42:11 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Vinny

So why aren't we profiling? Obviously the people in charge would rather have thousands of people dead than be accused of "racism".
PC kills every time.


43 posted on 11/22/2006 3:42:23 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (PC kills every time it is applied)
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To: Vinny; billhilly; proud_yank; Diana in Wisconsin; george76

This article is well written.

I have always been an Ann Coulter fan, and this inceases my admiration.

Billhilly, I know you think she's poor lookin,' but since we ain't eatin' her it really don't matter.

Hope all my FR friends have a great Thanksgiving, filled with friends, family, good dogs (mine love this holiday, they get a few exxxtra special treats)good food, good health, and a wealth of all the good things we have to be thankful for.


44 posted on 11/22/2006 3:43:36 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: editor-surveyor

Exactly. These clowns should have been shot to death.


45 posted on 11/22/2006 3:44:46 PM PST by Levante
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To: rickmichaels

<< Vinny
Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline.

From now on, I'll fly only on US Airways. >>

Certainly just got moved off my 'Never Fly' list, too.

(NW, AA and UA stay on. For ever!)


46 posted on 11/22/2006 3:46:55 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Vinny
This is roughly the equivalent of Cindy Sheehan taking a vow of silence.

I love Ann Coulter. I wish I WERE Ann Coulter.

47 posted on 11/22/2006 3:49:17 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Vinny
One of the stunt-imams in US Airways' advertising scheme, Omar Shahin, complained about being removed from the plane, saying: "Six scholars in handcuffs. It's terrible."
See also, from Muslim Imams: The New Rosa Parks?:
“...I never felt bad in my life like that. I never. Six imams. Six leaders in this country. Six scholars in handcuffs. It’s terrible.”

So spoke Imam Omar Shahin, director of the Islamic Center of Tucson, after he and five other imams were removed from a Phoenix-bound US Airways flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. What were they doing to get removed from the flight?

Some reports suggested that they were merely praying.

However, there were indications that this was not a straightforward case of prejudice and profiling. Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport official Patrick Hogan said that “there were a number of things that gave the flight crew pause” about the imams...

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...Omar Shahin, meanwhile, was involved with the Islamic charity Kind Hearts, which has had its assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department because of its connections to the terrorist group Hamas.

And according to a September 2001 story in the Arizona Republic, Shahin “said members of the Tucson mosque may have helped bin Laden in the early 1990s...”


48 posted on 11/22/2006 3:49:18 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Vinny

I can't believe I'm going to agree publicly with Coulter, but this airline would have been idiots to not kick these guys off the flight.


49 posted on 11/22/2006 3:49:45 PM PST by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: mockingbyrd

They requested seat belt extension straps- the stewardess refused, saying they weren't heavy enough to need them.


50 posted on 11/22/2006 3:50:08 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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