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A Rahm Bomb for Jane Harman?
The American Thinker ^ | April 20, 2009 | James Lewis

Posted on 04/20/2009 9:45:31 AM PDT by Scanian

Congressional Quarterly just reported a highly secret National Security Agency wiretap report on Rep. Jane Harman.

Wait.

Before we get to the content of the wiretap, all you ACLU types should be hitting the ceiling in rage. Because NSA wiretaps are the most carefully protected, super-secret operations carried on by the Federal government. Even during the Bush Administration, when the CIA carried on an unconcealed war on the Bush policy in the War on Terror through selective and politically damaging leaks to the New York Times, no wiretap recordings were released. Wiretaps of Members of Congress are even more sensitive, especially prominent Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

Keep that in mind as we go on.

The news report quotes three or four sources (it's hard to tell). But the release of an NSA wiretap transcript, in the absence of a court order or public court proceeding, is unprecedented.

So this leak has to come from the top. If these sources are to avoid prosecution and/or loss of their jobs, they must have been assured that the Obama administration explicitly authorized it, and that Attorney General Holder would not prosecute. NSA presumably will not even complain about this leak of its top national security means, content and procedures. Without that top-level assurance, everybody involved in this report has to fear an instant subpoena from the Justice Department and from the House Intelligence Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: albertogonzales; emanuel; harman; israeliintelligence; janeharman; nancypelosi; nsawiretap; rahm; rahmemanuel; senateintelligence; wiretaps
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1 posted on 04/20/2009 9:45:31 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

I’m sure the msm will howl as loudly about this as they did during the Valerie Plame fiasco...not.


2 posted on 04/20/2009 9:48:04 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Scanian
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Chicago Political machine has been handed the most powerful weapons with which to destroy political opponents. Obama must be sharing experiences in this area with Chavez. It is the one area our President is truly qualified in.
3 posted on 04/20/2009 9:52:45 AM PDT by Ben Mugged ("You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom".)
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To: Scanian

Prediction: 0 will have to issue a blanket pardon for Rahmbo well before his term is up.


4 posted on 04/20/2009 9:53:53 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Scanian
There are no bounds to the hypocrisy of these people....

nor the stupidity of the people who think that their Dems are as clean and pure as fresh snow...

5 posted on 04/20/2009 9:54:06 AM PDT by misterrob (FUBO----Just say it, Foooooooooooooo Bohhhhhhhhh. Smooth)
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To: kittymyrib

Un-believable! Obviously,a hit was done on Harman.


6 posted on 04/20/2009 9:54:13 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Scanian
I hate to say this BUT

This is what is going to happen time and time again! The Liberal Jews voted for this POS administration and now it is going to come home to roost! If they had cared one bit for Israel and our brothers and sisters over there, they would not have elected these tyrants.

7 posted on 04/20/2009 9:56:20 AM PDT by oswegodeee ((Obama 08'-Pres. of the US--Obama 2012 President of the World) (This is what he wants).)
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To: Scanian

This is Rahm Emanuel's 'dead fish' to Jane Harman. He is a corrupt jerk.

8 posted on 04/20/2009 9:57:57 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Scanian

Having read the CQ article though it looks like Harmon was given a pass by Bush administration in order to get her support on their wire tapping.

Obama’s team leaked the information for some form of political payback though.


9 posted on 04/20/2009 10:01:22 AM PDT by misterrob (FUBO----Just say it, Foooooooooooooo Bohhhhhhhhh. Smooth)
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To: Scanian

10 posted on 04/20/2009 10:02:12 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Scanian

11 posted on 04/20/2009 10:04:20 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kittymyrib

The MSM will cover for these jerks - the MSM has one standard: right or wrong - when the Dems say it’s news, it’s news. When the dems say it’s NOT news, it’s NOT news. eff ‘em. (If we’re wrong - they’ll yell about this - I hear crickets.)


12 posted on 04/20/2009 10:04:46 AM PDT by GOPJ (If Obama had been king of England, the Globe wouldn't have covered the American Revolution-Graham)
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To: kcvl


Don't worry Nancy, the Republicans are themselves destroying Sarah, she will never be president when they are done with her, you are sure to acend to the thrown as the first women president. Yes, and then, we can hunt down the few constitutionalists left, it will be great sport my dear. They will cry out as if society will come to their defense, it will be worth a lifetime of climbing to the top to see thier faces when nobody comes to their aid ...
13 posted on 04/20/2009 10:06:33 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: kcvl
One is a ruthless, vindictive and aging drama queen who spends a considerable amount of time on their knees...

The other is Nancy Pelosi.

14 posted on 04/20/2009 10:07:15 AM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: misterrob

I had the same impression, misterrob. This could be just as much about going after Bush, Gonzales, etc., as much as going after Harman.


15 posted on 04/20/2009 10:08:03 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: kcvl; SortaBichy

“Take it all, B*tch....all of it!”


16 posted on 04/20/2009 10:08:49 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Real "arrogance" is enslaving MY grandkids for Zero's utopia)
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To: Big_Monkey
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17 posted on 04/20/2009 10:09:29 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Scanian

Rahm Emanuel's 'landlord'.

The house where Rahm Emanuel sleeps on Capitol Hill (for the last five years) is also owned by DeLauro's husband, Stan Greenberg, chairman of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a pollster who got paid $4.5 million to do polling and strategy work for the Clinton Administration. DeLauro has said she and Emanuel are friends, and House ethics rules allow gifts, such as free lodging, on the basis of personal friendship. However, gifts over $250 in value require the advance, written approval from the Standards Committee. If such a ruling exists, DeLauro and Emanuel just need to produce it.

So, Emanuel crashed with DeLauro and Greenberg for five years for free.

18 posted on 04/20/2009 10:09:44 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: misterrob
You may want to look at Nancy Pelosi. Harmon was the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee and held in high regard by both parties and the intelligence community for being non-partisan and being able to keep secrets. However, she does not get along with pelosi so when the Dem's took control of the house in 2006 Pelosi tried to appoint Murtha as committee chair. The intelligence community uniformly said NO. The position was finally given to a Latino congressman from Texas who did not kno there was a difference between Sunni and Shia muslins.
19 posted on 04/20/2009 10:11:39 AM PDT by ozdragon
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To: Scanian

She’s a Democrat though. What did she do to draw White House fire?


20 posted on 04/20/2009 10:16:32 AM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: kcvl

So....is that Delauro or Greenberg?


21 posted on 04/20/2009 10:19:47 AM PDT by WVNan (Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.: Sun Tzu)
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To: Woebama

From the article:

“Does the fact that Jane Harman agreed with the Bush Administration in significant ways come into this?

I’ll bet it does.”


22 posted on 04/20/2009 10:21:58 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: kcvl

Looks like a pretty good free-loader to me. Lots of liberals are.


23 posted on 04/20/2009 10:23:29 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: kcvl

Now THAT’s kinky!


24 posted on 04/20/2009 10:24:18 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: kcvl

He’s a little short for the role but he seems to aspire to what the old Jewish people call a starker. A strong-arm guy.


25 posted on 04/20/2009 10:26:49 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian
Rep. Jane Harman (ho also happens to be the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee)

WORST TYPO EVER!

26 posted on 04/20/2009 10:27:08 AM PDT by sportutegrl (If liberals could do math, they would be conservatives.)
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To: Woebama
She’s a Democrat though. What did she do to draw White House fire?

RATS consider Harman way too moderate for their lefty agenda.

27 posted on 04/20/2009 10:28:51 AM PDT by freespirited (Is this a nation of laws or a nation of Democrats? -- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: oswegodeee

That is why I give props to Alan Dershowitz for his militant support of Israel, in spite of his liberal politics. Too many of the Palm Beach and Broward County-type Jewish Americans see Israel as so out of sight and out of mind. They conveniently forget that the 9/11 gang trained and prepared right there in their South Florida midst.


28 posted on 04/20/2009 10:33:43 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Woebama
She’s a Democrat though. What did she do to draw White House fire?

1. Harman supported Bush in the War on Terror.
2. She enjoys the non-partisan respect of the intelligence community whom she helps oversee.
3. She also is a supporter of Israel. Not a popular thing to be in the Obama administration.
4. She is the enemy of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (something about Queen Bee status among California female politicians).

In other words, "The Politics of Personal Destruction" are now being brought to bear on an elected representative of the people by the apparatchnik of the state.

There will be more of this...

29 posted on 04/20/2009 10:33:51 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAItNSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: sportutegrl

It sure is. And the Obots may view her that way, though she is in fact one of the more responsible Dems.


30 posted on 04/20/2009 10:35:56 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian

Bump for later reading


31 posted on 04/20/2009 10:47:03 AM PDT by SuziQ
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32 posted on 04/20/2009 10:47:52 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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To: Woebama

To harm Israel.

The story meme: evil Israel seeks influence in the USA.

It’s step one in casting Israel as an evil that must be put down.


33 posted on 04/20/2009 10:52:23 AM PDT by Jewbacca (Yes, I am very hairy and good with small arms.)
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34 posted on 04/20/2009 11:08:34 AM PDT by TexasBeth
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To: Scanian

For those who may not know, Jane Harman is one of the few patriotic Democrats left in congress. She is on a key committee, and the Dems threatened to remove her until the stink caused them to refrain.

No question that they’d like to discredit her and replace her with a certified moonbat.

Lieberman is known as a patriot in matters of national defense. My impression of Jane Harman is that, if anything, she is more admirable than Lieberman.


35 posted on 04/20/2009 11:34:46 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

I always liked her on talk shows—she seems to be from the Scoop Jackson school. And, though she’s getting on in age, she was once a rather nice-looking lady, especially for a congress critter.


36 posted on 04/20/2009 11:42:15 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scythian
Don't worry Nancy, the Republicans are themselves destroying Sarah, she will never be president when they are done with her, you are sure to acend to the thrown as the first women president. Yes, and then, we can hunt down the few constitutionalists left, it will be great sport my dear. They will cry out as if society will come to their defense, it will be worth a lifetime of climbing to the top to see thier faces when nobody comes to their aid...

That's one possible future.

37 posted on 04/20/2009 11:55:01 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: Scanian

House web site bio
http://www.house.gov/harman/

bluedog dem

36th District
http://www.house.gov/harman/district/

a Michelle Malkin link

The Harman-AIPAC wiretaps
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/20/the-harman-aipac-wiretaps/

If even half of what’s in Jeff Stein’s CQ exclusive is true, this is a blockbuster scandal of historic proportions. It makes all of the pay-to-play scandals to date look like kindergarten games. Here’s the upshot:

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”

—snip—


38 posted on 04/20/2009 1:00:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Cicero

“Jane Harman is one of the few patriotic Democrats left in congress.”

Which is why Pelosi and the Democrat leaders *HAD* to remove her from a position of responsibility.

UGGGGH!


39 posted on 04/20/2009 3:16:59 PM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: kcvl
PuLEAZE!

This is a "family-friendly" website!!!

40 posted on 04/20/2009 3:33:05 PM PDT by happygrl (It's time to Party like it's 1773.)
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To: okie01
In other words, "The Politics of Personal Destruction" are now being brought to bear on an elected representative of the people by the apparatchnik of the state.

There will be more of this...

Well said.

We haven't seen nothin' yet!

They may out do the Clintons.

41 posted on 04/20/2009 3:36:55 PM PDT by happygrl (It's time to Party like it's 1773.)
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To: happygrl

Isn’t that just about the most disgusting display for so-called professionals that you have ever seen?! They should really get a room!


42 posted on 04/20/2009 3:37:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Scythian

Sickening. It would be funny if it were not true.


43 posted on 04/20/2009 3:59:29 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: kcvl

Have you no sense of decency?


44 posted on 04/20/2009 4:02:15 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Scanian

The messiah hath cometh....

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of God appears

Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!


45 posted on 04/20/2009 4:15:27 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: WVNan

Her husband is the dim poller, Stan Greenberg.


46 posted on 04/20/2009 7:22:12 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Scanian; NormsRevenge; penelopesire; BulletBobCo; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; ..
This IS bombshell ....a game changer, if they're playing this dirty with Jane Harman, and bodes badly for how low they'll go. It's jaw dropping.

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"So this leak has to come from the top. If these sources are to avoid prosecution and/or loss of their jobs, they must have been assured that the Obama administration explicitly authorized it, and that Attorney General Holder would not prosecute.

NSA presumably will not even complain about this leak of its top national security means, content and procedures. Without that top-level assurance, everybody involved in this report has to fear an instant subpoena from the Justice Department and from the House Intelligence Committee.

*snip*

Who would have authorized it? If I had to bet, it would be the President or his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, or the National Security Advisor.

Why was the leak dropped at this moment in time? Because the anti-Israel forces are rising to power in the Obama Administration. They are dropping this Rahm Bomb to discredit pro-Israel members of Congress in general, and Rep. Jane Harman in particular.

But Jane Harman was one of the few Members of Congress who seemed genuinely upset about the wholesale leaking against the Bush Administration by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

This is payback.

It has to come from the top.

It is politically timed.

It's a Rahm Bomb. Last week Rahm Emanuel came out in the press, telling the media that Israel would have to withdraw from Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to get US cooperation on the Iranian nuke threat.

That was a direct threat to the new government in Israel, putting the cart before the horse.

It makes no strategic sense, because all of Iran's neighbors, including the Saudis, are shaking in their sandals about Tehran's forthcoming nukes.

All these events are closely related. The NSA leak bears the power-loving stamp of the radical Left, which could not care less about wiretaps, violations of privacy, and the super-secret status of the NSA.

Shades of J. Edgar Hoover. We're back to the FBI dropping political bombs to strong-arm LBJ.

Civil liberties advocates take note. This is only the first such leak. There will be more.

Combined with the DHS attack on "rightwing extremists" last week, it bodes ill for this administration's respect for the rule of law, not to mention personal privacy."

~~~~

Related:

Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC

*snip*

"Allegations that Harman intervened in this case in an effort to win the spot as chair of the Intelligence Committee have been widespread since 2006, but an FBI investigation into Harman was dropped for “lack of evidence.” As CQ Politics reports:

What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.

And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.

When Justice Department officials reviewed the transcript of the wiretaps on Rep. Harman, its attorneys determined she had committed a “completed crime,” which, according to CQ Politics is “a legal term meaning that there was evidence that she had attempted to complete it.”

The Justice Department attorneys wanted to open a case on her, but they needed the green light from top intel officials to confirm it rightly constituted a national security investigation. Porter Goss, who was then the CIA director reportedly approved the investigation and was preparing to notify then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker Dennis Hastert and, through them, Harman herself:

But that’s when, according to knowledgeable officials, Attorney General Gonzales intervened."

~~~~~~~~~~

This is a vicious, evil group, and I don't know who's more brutal and cold-blooded: 0 or Rahm. And if they'll do this to their own ..............................

This should be in Breaking, in my opinion... it's HUGE.

47 posted on 04/20/2009 7:47:24 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

This should be in Breaking, in my opinion... it’s HUGE.

IT’ll get there..

developing

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/harman/index


48 posted on 04/20/2009 7:52:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Scanian

Just getting started on the thread. What was it Obama said? He was taking names. Add to that: Nancy Pelosi would love nothing better than to neutralize Harman.

Crap. I thought for sure when they started destroying their own the dems will speak up. We shall see.


49 posted on 04/20/2009 9:10:16 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (Americans Bow to No One; Obama Bows to Saudi KINGS and Lies about it.)
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To: STARWISE
I wonder how long before the Chicago version of Arkancide starts???
50 posted on 04/20/2009 9:13:10 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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