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Did Iran Have a Hand in Benghazi?
dianawest.net ^ | Friday, October 26, 2012 6:41 AM | Diana West

Posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:17 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Frank Gaffney neatly recaps a slew of breaking reports by Catherine Herridge, Aaron Klein and Clare Lopez concerning what might have drawn the late Amb. Christopher Stevens to Benghazi on September 10 and 11. The diferent strands of this developing story indicate that Stevens may have been there to oversee or inspect an ongoing covert CIA operation to supply weapons and men to the jihadist-dominated "rebels" fighting Syria's Assad. Stevens' last meeting, after all, was with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin. Turkey, of course, with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, is a leading supporter of the "rebels" fighting to ovethrow Assad.

Gaffney writes:

Fox News has chronicled how the Al Entisar, a Libyan-flagged vessel carrying 400 tons of cargo, docked on Sept. 6 in the Turkish port of Iskenderun. It reportedly supplied both humanitarian assistance and arms — including deadly SA-7 man-portable surface-to-air missiles — apparently destined for Islamists, again including al Qaeda elements, in Syria.

What cries out for further investigation — and debate in the remaining days of this presidential election — is whether this shipment was part of a larger covert Obama effort to transfer weapons to our enemies that could make the Iran-Contra scandal, to say nothing of Operation Fast and Furious, pale by comparison.

But there may be a deeper, more secret layer of dirt to unearth. Last night on the John Batchelor Show, Larry Johnson introduced a possible new player into this most dangerous game: Iran. With the sacking and destruction  of both the US compound and "secret annex" or base for CIA operations in Benghazi, he asked, who stands to benefit? If the US was covertly supplying anti-Assad forces from Benghazi, and Iran is an ally of Assad, the answer is Iran, not to mention Assad.

At his website No Quarter, Johnson writes:

Iran, who supports Syria’s Assad, has a very effective intelligence organization. Once they learned that Libya was supplying fighters in Syria, do you think there is any chance that they (the Iranians) would want to shutdown that operation? Iran and Libya do have a history. Iran, for example, is believed to have paid Libya to carry out the bombing of Pan Am 103. Iran still has intel operators on the ground in Libya.

Here are some interesting questions.

1. Did Iran infiltrate the fighters being trained by the United States and, in the process, gather intel that they subsequently used to target both the “Consulate” and the CIA Annex?

2. Did Iran prepare a cover for action and plant information on Facebook and other social media sites claiming credit for the attack in the name of Ansar Al Sharia?

This much is certain–the attack on 9-11 was pre-planned and pre-ordained. The results? The U.S. mission and intelligence operation in Benghazi was destroyed in total. A logical question to ask–whose interest was served? While we cannot rule out a Sunni-jihadi strike, there is a plausible case to be made that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards pulled off an absolutely brilliant strike and kicked our American ass.

To be sure, the notion of Iranian involvement introduces a discernible strategic rationale for the attack. It also gives us something else to think about. If the Obama administration is considering this possibility as well, does a potential Iranian role in Benghazi in any way account for the selection of Thomas Pickering, an Iranian apologist,  to conduct the State Department's official Benghazi investigation?   

Then again, you would think Iran would prefer Obama to Romney in the election. Would Iran launch a covert, pre-election strike that, any way you cut it, shakes Obama's standing?

Then again, a friend notes, perhaps we focus too much on our own electoral politics when issues like a weapons pipeline to Syria and AQ consolidating power in Libya matter much more to them.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; benghaziiran; iran; johnbrennan; katechon; lebanon; shadowwars; threatmatrix
Saw this article referenced on a few threads and thought with the detail on the ship and iran it should be captured although it may have other less than current information.
1 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:23 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; onyx; SunkenCiv

fyi


2 posted on 11/01/2012 11:15:18 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Because if all had gone according to plan, Israel would have been blamed for this ‘uprising’. Everybody happy.


3 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:27 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

A question posed to me recently:

This is from the very beginning of the “Arab Spring revolt” in Libya:
FEBRUARY 2011 : (IRELAND : LIBYAN MAHDI AL HARATI LEAVES FOR LIBYA AT THE OUTSET OF THE LIBYAN “ARAB SPRING” -——— See GAZA FLOTILLA / MAVI MARMARA) Prior to the Libyan rebellion against Qaddafi, al-Harati was living in exile in Ireland. He is reported to have returned to Libya in February, at the very outset of the uprising. On his own account, barely eight months earlier he participated in the “Free Gaza” flotilla aboard the Mavi Marmara. -———Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara, nationalreview.com ^ | 12-28-11 | John Rosenthal , http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2826083/posts, Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 6:27:23 PM by bayouranger

This “Libyan rebel commander” was on the very boat whose “peaceful” passengers attacked israeli commandoes as they came aboard to search for blockade busting items such as weapons destined for Hamas.

Just for the record, the most of the perps who launched the attack on the Israelis on board this vessel belonged to the group IHH. The IHH is a Turkish terror group that bombed some historic sites in Turkey associated with Ataturk and worked against the previous secular government, before Obama’s buddy Erdogan came to power. Edogan as we know has arrested a number of secular Turkish generals and officers.

Also on board that vessel were Obama’s friends from Code Pink.

The Obama admin’s terrorist denial syndrome is getting old.


4 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:58 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Things are getting very deep.


5 posted on 11/01/2012 11:24:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m finally calling it a day E.. I’m passing on your latest news revelations. Take care.


6 posted on 11/01/2012 11:29:03 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv
Herridge On Cable Month Before Benghazi Attack: "Smoking Gun Warning Here"

There was no surprise about the attack. There was no 'failure of intel.' The attack was predicted in precise detail a month before it occurred. The draw down of security had to be intentional.

CIA Sources: Obama ordered military not to help Ambassador Stevens

The failure to approve a rescue had to be intentional.

Sources: Key task force not convened during Benghazi consulate attack

Keeping the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) in the dark about the attack had to be intentional.

Tweeting apologies for the 'anti-Muhammed video' beginning early that morning, repeatedly blaming all the violence at all of our embassies on the 'video' and making an apology video to air in Pakistan had to be intentional.

Stevens presence in Benghazi on 9-11 had to be intentional.

7 posted on 11/01/2012 11:40:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigerClaws

Glad to see someone else is connecting the dots.


8 posted on 11/01/2012 11:41:24 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: TigerClaws; piasa

That’s from piasa and I was also pinged.


9 posted on 11/01/2012 11:56:58 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Larry Johnson. I really can't stand him. Johnson is Congressman John Conyer's toy which he employed at mock congressional hearings for the pleasure of the press.

Larry Johnson claimed he trained with the legendary Valerie Plame, the "deep cover" pregnant wonderwoman wife of the tea swilling US Ambassador to Gabon Joe Wilson. Joe Wilson, the guy who says he dined with Saddam Hussein's Paris arms dealer on the eve of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the diplomat also known for "rescuing" Saddam Hussein's hostages [hmmm], being really really COZY with the wealth mideastern Alamoudi clan, one of whom was caught up in a plot to assassinate some Saudi on behalf of Qadaffi. I'm not surprised to see Larry pop up after leftwing heavyweight Michael Moore came out the other day. Here's Larry's pals:

LARRY JOHNSON See : MICHAEL MOORE | VALERIE PLAME | VIPS a/k/a COUNTERPUNCH {see THE NATION'S ALEXANDER COCKBURN} | GRIMALDI | CIA | STATE DEPT | WILLIAM WAGNER {SEE Palisades Security, VIPS}| DAN ELLESBURG {ACLU, PENTAGON PAPERS COAUTHOR AND THIEF} | DENNIS KUCINICH | RAY MCGOVERN {VIPS, LYNDON LAROUCHE, AMBASSADOR JOE WILSON & VALERIE PLAME , TTP} | SCOTT RITTER {see UNSCOM, AL KHAFAGI, IRAQ OIL FOR FOOD VOUCHERS} This is the VIPS crowd which spent more time trying to undermine our troops than any other single group out there, which served the red daiper babies of the democrat party; they advocated federal employees with classified information leak it to the press without regard to the consequences to their fellow Americans- SEALS, CIA or otherwise- who might be killed or captured as a result of individuals leaking on a whim for political purposes.

10 posted on 11/01/2012 11:57:09 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; penelopesire; maggief; Nachum; SE Mom; hoosiermama; crosslink; thouworm; ...

I’m retiring for the night, but not without passing on some pings. Thanks much, sweet you, for all the fabulous work you do and you’ve done today! We all need to pray that something big breaks later today that the lamestream can’t ignore. The election clock is ticking and although I think the Marxist will be defeated, I would love to see him exposed on Benghazi well before Tuesday.

Good night, God bless and keep you all and everyone you love.


11 posted on 11/02/2012 12:03:48 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; kristinn; Dog Gone; Sam Hill
If Larry Johnson is involved things are also going to get cluttered up with a little fact mixed with tons of progressive liberal stinkbait. He is a mythmaker.

The Democrat defense is to start putting out so much crap the real issues get drowned and then it ALL gets ridiculed. Larry's with berg-associates.com and in the good old days before 9/11 he was advocating we get rid of things like spies and informants and go with the granny frisking airline security we have today instead, perhaps because he's a partner is a "security" company.]

* A quote from the brilliant Larry Johnson :
"Although high-profile incidents have fostered the perception that terrorism is becoming more lethal, the numbers say otherwise, and early signs suggest that the decade beginning in 2000 will continue the downward trend. A major reason for the decline is the current reluctance of countries like Iraq, Syria and Libya, which once eagerly backed terrorist groups, to provide safe havens, funding and training." -------- Larry Johnson, former CIA analyst

* Larry C. Johnson : The 10 former intelligence officers who signed the letter include respected intelligence analysts and retired case officers, including at least two, John McCavitt and William Wagner, who were C.I.A. station chiefs overseas. The former analysts include Larry C. Johnson, a former analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department's intelligence branch, and Ray Close and Ray McGovern, former C.I.A. analysts in the agency's Near East division. ---- "Ex-C.I.A. Aides Ask Inquiry by Congress Over Leak of Name," by DOUGLAS JEHL, NY Times, 1/22/04 , http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158404/posts
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Now, if these were Republicans or conservatives, I'll bet a nickle that the NY Times would have made some effort to mention whether any partisan motivation could be behind this. But all I see is silence. Weird. 2 posted on 01/21/2004 8:14:53 PM PST by Dog Gone
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Curious that the NY Times wouldn't name the group that sent this letter:Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. 6 posted on 01/21/2004 8:43:19 PM PST by kristinn

* Larry Johnson : ...Flashback: "Intelligence Analyst" Larry C. Johnson: "The Declining Terrorist Threat (July 10, 2001) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1447248/posts
Ex CIA Larry Johnson: Terrorism Isn't A Threat, But Big Tobacco Is! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1448666/posts
58 posted on 07/23/2005 9:46:09 AM PDT by Sam Hill | To 20

12 posted on 11/02/2012 12:14:38 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Larry Johnson was also on CNN after Twa 800 blew up, and he was emphatic that the plane was taken down by terrorists. This was the night it happened and in the days that followed. I think that is the first time I saw him in the media though I could be misremembering.


13 posted on 11/02/2012 12:22:50 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: onyx

As we all noticed last night the Obama admin has let loose the dogs of disinformation in advance of the weekend. In addition to the pieces from NPR and so on, which studiously ignore the obvious neglect of security leading up to the Benghazi attack to focus on spinning the admin as responsive and concerned about civilian casualties, this Am sees the admin turning loose Clinton’s old 1998 embassy bombings water-carrier Larry Johnson. Funny how with liberals everything hangs on movies. Here johnson appears in a movie pushed by MoveOn, the org created to paper over up Bill Clinton’s illegalities, perjury, etc, and turn it all into a silly thing about sex:

* Moveon.org movie: Mr. David MacMichael, former senior estimates officer, National Intelligence Council, CIA
(Appearance by: Dr. David C. MacMichael, former CIA analyst. Page 7 of the transcript, 7:32 minutes in the movie): “”... very disturbing ... intervention by people particularly from Vice President Cheney’s office and Vice President Cheney himself ... to produce precisely the language which would allow them ... to support the decision to go into Iraq.” -Film “Uncovered”: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War by Producer/ Director Robert Greenwald, 2003, 56 minutes. Independent film by the Producer. Web site: Uncovered.
A transcript of the movie is available online.
Also stars Larry Johnson and Joseph Wilson, Mel Goodman, Scott Ritter, Richard Clarke....
..film was first released in November 2003 via thousands of house parties organized by MoveOn.org...
http://www.truthuncovered.com/ Source: http://www.hevanet.com/peace/
via 29 posted on 07/24/2005 8:14:14 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay


14 posted on 11/02/2012 12:27:50 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All
Bill Schanefelt, American Thinker - Nov 2, 2012:

Benghazi: Cui Bono? "In attempting to understand the attackers in Benghazi, one might, as the Romans taught us to do in such situations, seek to answer a simple question: Cui Bono---"as a benefit to whom?"....................

15 posted on 11/02/2012 12:33:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TigersEye

For whatever reason I logged back in to find onyx’s suggestion to me to stop on the Chianti jokes. Then lead to your post. Tis 3:31AM EST. I’ll book mark this post for reading tomorrow. Do have a great upcoming day.


16 posted on 11/02/2012 12:35:36 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: petitfour
He had a lot to say about a Pan Am flight - I think 103 Lockerbie- but until I go through the big file I have on him here from the Niger yellowcake days. I don't know if he said anything much about flt 800, or said anything contradictory as some in the clinton admin did until they settled on a single story.

Larry Johnson's also known for this nugget:

"I am not soft on terrorism; I believe strongly in remaining prepared to confront it. However, when the threat of terrorism is used to justify everything from building a missile defense to violating constitutional rights (as in the case of some Arab-Americans imprisoned without charge), it is time to take a deep breath and reflect on why we are so fearful. "

the Arab American he is referring to at this time- pre 9/11- must have been the Tampa Florida terrorist organizer Sami al Arian, who was trying to buy influence in both parties along with his associate at AMC Alamoudi, known for the donation to the Hillary clinton senatorial campaign which she reported as coming from the American MUSEUM Council instead of the American Muslim Council.

17 posted on 11/02/2012 12:38:28 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: petitfour
He had a lot to say about a Pan Am flight - I think 103 Lockerbie- but until I go through the big file I have on him here from the Niger yellowcake days. I don't know if he said anything much about flt 800, or said anything contradictory as some in the clinton admin did until they settled on a single story.

Larry Johnson's also known for this nugget:

"I am not soft on terrorism; I believe strongly in remaining prepared to confront it. However, when the threat of terrorism is used to justify everything from building a missile defense to violating constitutional rights (as in the case of some Arab-Americans imprisoned without charge), it is time to take a deep breath and reflect on why we are so fearful. "

the Arab American he is referring to at this time- pre 9/11- must have been the Tampa Florida terrorist organizer Sami al Arian, who was trying to buy influence in both parties along with his associate at AMC Alamoudi, known for the donation to the Hillary clinton senatorial campaign which she reported as coming from the American MUSEUM Council instead of the American Muslim Council.

Here's Larry's friend at VIPS:

A group calling itself Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, representing former CIA employees, has fanned the flames of this controversy. But its spokesman, Ray McGovern, has some explaining of his own to do. He admits that he has given permission to reprint his articles critical of the Bush administration to publications associated with Lyndon LaRouche. McGovern, who had a 27-year career in the CIA, says researchers for LaRouche "do some fairly good work" and he sees "no downside" to them using his material. He claims to know nothing about LaRouche. That’s hard to believe. Larouche is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, again, and served time in prison on financial fraud charges. He has said that Bush and Cheney should be declared insane. Back in 1976, LaRouche called for bringing into being "a new Marxist International throughout the capitalist sector" and, before the first Persian Gulf War, he issued a statement calling for support for Iraq.------ "CIA Defector Defends Joe Wilson," By Cliff Kincaid , AIM Report, October 21, 2003

18 posted on 11/02/2012 12:45:56 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
>"Did Iran Have a Hand in Benghazi?"

Only as far as Valery J can shove it in 0bungh0le.

19 posted on 11/02/2012 12:49:07 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: piasa

who is the movie maker producing the obama killed Osama movie again? Wonder if it is this guy:

DECEMBER 2003 : (ROBERT GREENWALD MOVIE “UNCOVERED : THE WAR ON IRAQ” IS RELEASED ON DVD - See MOVEON.ORG, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, ALBRIGHT, BAER, BEARDEN, BEERS, CHRISTISON, CORN, COYLE, DEAN, EDDINGTON, FREEMAN, FULLER, GOODMAN, LARRY C. JOHNSON, DAVID A. KAY, JOHN BRADY KIESLING, KAREN KWIATKOWSKI, PATRICK LANG, DAVID C MACMICHAEL, RAY MCGOVERN, SCOTT RITTER, CLARE SHORT, STANSFIELD TURNER, HENRY WAXMAN, THOMAS E WHITE, JOSEPH C WILSON, COL. MARY ANN WRIGHT * PETER ZIMMERMAN)


20 posted on 11/02/2012 12:49:56 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Mad Mammoth

Remember Larry?


21 posted on 11/02/2012 12:55:30 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s possible. Iran does like to hit embassies.
With so many islamist groups in Benghazi, it would be hard to distinguish them from the others - though supposedly Ansar al Sharia did take responsibility.


22 posted on 11/02/2012 4:20:20 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: onyx

onyx, you’re the best :)


23 posted on 11/02/2012 8:16:55 AM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Could socialist Iran-born Valerie Jarrett have provided Iran with intelligence regarding the CIA 'annex'? Any indication about that? Thanks in advance.
24 posted on 11/02/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT by Katechon
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Many thanks for posting this. Very informative.


25 posted on 11/02/2012 8:57:38 AM PDT by Katechon
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To: onyx; Ernest_at_the_Beach; penelopesire; maggief; Nachum; SE Mom; hoosiermama; crosslink; ...

Ping to Travis thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2953720/posts


26 posted on 11/02/2012 9:48:50 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker; onyx; Ernest_at_the_Beach; penelopesire; maggief; Nachum; SE Mom; hoosiermama

This article has always troubled me. She says she had a date with the Ambassodor which from what we have been told is ODD. She has free access in and out of Iran. She has done propaganda films? Agent of Iran? Why are they friends? connect the dots.

http://middleeastvoices.voanews.com/2012/09/ambassador-christopher-stevens-as-i-knew-him-a-personal-reflection-47795/#ixzz26rpiylqA

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27 posted on 11/02/2012 10:13:18 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: thouworm

ping to self


28 posted on 12/07/2012 2:52:07 PM PST by thouworm (.)
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