IRS Admits to Court it Hasn’t Searched for Missing Lerner Emails

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Hat/Tip to Judicial Watch.

At first it was, “They’ve been destroyed by a horrible hard drive accident!”

Then it was rumored that the IRS and/or Lois Lerner herself killed her hard drive on purpose, it was labeled workplace violence.

Now the IRS is basically saying, “Oh! You wanted US to find her emails? Well, we haven’t even tried that.”

“…it has become apparent that the IRS did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails from alternative sources following the discovery that the emails were missing”

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in an IRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved. The IRS is fighting Judicial Watch’s efforts to force testimony and document production about the IRS’ loss of records in Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation about the IRS targeting of Tea Party and other opponents of President Obama(Judicial Watch v. IRS (No. 1:13-cv-1559)).  The lawsuit is before U.S. District Court Judge Emmett G. Sullivan.

But Judicial Watch appears to have had enough of the now famous stonewalling by the Obama Administration.

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In its October 27 Reply in Support of Motion for Limited Discovery, Judicial Watch argued that declarations submitted by the IRS in response to the Judge Sullivan’s orders “fail to answer important questions about the missing emails:”

[I]t has become apparent that the IRS did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails from alternative sources following the discovery that the emails were missing. The emails are potentially responsive to Plaintiff’s FOIA requests, and the IRS’s failure to search for them in other record keeping systems raises material questions of fact about whether the agency has conducted a reasonable search.

Judicial Watch lawyers reviewed the IRS court filings and concluded that the agency “did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails.”

IRS attorneys conceded that they had failed to search the agency’s servers for missing emails because they decided that “the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.” They admitted they had failed to search the agency’s disaster recovery tapes because they had “no reason to believe that the tapes are a potential source of recovering” the missing emails.  And they conceded that they had not searched the government-wide back-up system because they had “no reason to believe such a system … even exists.”

The bottom line? Well JW certainly has Obama’s number on this issue.

“The Obama IRS couldn’t care less about the federal court’s orders to provide full information about the ‘missing’ Lois Lerner emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Instead, the IRS, with the help of a compromised Justice Department, has engaged in a series of transparently evasive distractions.  The IRS would have Judicial Watch wait for years before we can ask questions about the cover-up that is going on now.  The IRS thinks it can game a federal court, Congress, and the American people.  Having delayed accountability for over two years, the Obama administration is prepared to stonewall on the IRS targeting of Obama’s ‘enemies list’ until after the 2016 presidential election. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit can continue to break through this obstruction of justice, especially if the court approves our effort to put select Obama officials under oath.”

Read the full story here.

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8 Ways the Obama Administration is Blocking Information

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AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee (AP Photo).

Hat/Tip to the AP.

Well, it is finally happening. The MSM who fell head-over-heels in love with Barack Obama in 2007-2008 are finally waking up to the reality of his Chicago-style political thug tactics.

The fight for access to public information has never been harder, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee said recently at a joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers. The problem extends across the entire federal government and is now trickling down to state and local governments.

Here is her list of the eight ways in which the Obama administration is stonewalling the press.

  1. As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.
  2. The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer. Think about the message that sends other nations about how the world’s leading democracy deals with the media:  Keep them out and let them use handout photos.
  3. Guantanamo: The big important 9/11 trial is finally coming up. But we aren’t allowed to see most court filings in real time — even of non-classified material. So at hearings, we can’t follow what’s happening. We don’t know what prosecutors are asking for, or what defense attorneys are arguing.
  4. Information about Guantanamo that was routinely released under President George W. Bush is now kept secret. The military won’t release the number of prisoners on hunger strike or the number of assaults on guards. Photo and video coverage is virtually nonexistent.
  5. Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired. Even if they just give her facts, about safety, for example. Government press officials say their orders are to squelch anything controversial or that makes the administration look bad.
  6. One of the media — and public’s — most important legal tools, the Freedom of Information Act, is under siege. Requests for information under FOIA have become slow and expensive. Many federal agencies simply don’t respond at all in a timely manner, forcing news organizations to sue each time to force action.
  7. The administration uses FOIAs as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing. Requests are now routinely forwarded to political appointees. At the agency that oversees the new health care law, for example, political appointees now handle the FOIA requests.
  8. The administration is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out. The FBI has directed local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology the police departments use to sweep up cellphone data. In some cases, federal officials have formally intervened in state open records cases, arguing for secrecy.
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Federal Judge Threatens Outside Experts to Find ‘Lost’ Emails

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Hat/Tip to The Washington Examiner.

The IRS attorneys are certainly earning their over-priced fees because they are due in court again in front of another federal judge on July 11th.

They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress.

Catherine Engelbrecht True the Vote founder
Catherine Engelbrecht True the Vote founder

Judge Walton is responding to a motion filed by True the Vote, the initiative started by Catherine Engelbrecht. I’m sure we all remember her testimony before Congress.

I especially love the part where she says:

“Know this: My experience at the hands of this government in the last five years have made me more determined ever than before to stand before you and to all of America and say I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated and I will not ask for permission to exercise my Constitutional Rights.”

You gotta love the moxie that this American Patriot has!

Responding to a motion filed Monday by True the Vote, a Houston-based conservative nonprofit at the center of IRS targeting during the 2010 and 2012 campaigns, Walton issued an order Tuesday to hear arguments next week.

The IRS recently told Congress that a mysterious crash of the hard drives last year irretrievably destroyed nearly two years of emails to and from Lerner and the others to and from people in other federal agencies, including the White House.

But True the Vote wants a digital forensics expert from outside the IRS to assess the evidence.

“Even if the ill-timed hard drive ‘crash’ was truly an accident, and even if the IRS genuinely believes that the emails are ‘unrecoverable,’ the circumstances of the spoliation at issue cry out for a second opinion,” True the Vote’s attorneys told Walton in the motion filed late Monday.

“It may well prove to be the case that a computer forensics expert could recover evidence that the IRS has been unable to retrieve.

“At the very least, such an expert could preserve whatever evidence has not already been wiped clean from the IRS’s computers along with whatever is stored on the Individual Defendants’ home computers, cell phones, and other PDAs.”

Looks to me like they pissed off the wrong American this time!

Read the full story here.

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Obama’s Pen Is Mightier Than Any Sword: It’s Filled With An Ink Called Tyranny

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It’s not news to anyone who isn’t sleeping 24/7 that President Barack Obama has little regard for the constitution, court orders, or laws of the land. It’s also not news that this president uses Executive Orders (EO) to bypass Congress and do whatever he pleases. Here, however, are two things that may be news to you.

1.White House guts the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) in 2009

Don’t feel bad if you weren’t aware of this. The White House didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. It only came to light when Cause of Action, a watch dog group that monitors government transparency and accountability, got a hold of an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities”.

What are “White House equities”? That’s a good question. Mr. Craig did not to define the term and you won’t find the term anywhere in the Freedom Of Information Act. As it turns out, a “White House equity” is anything of interest to the White House, which means all documents requested under FOIA must first go to the White House for review and redacting. Bruce McQuain of Questions and Observations writes:

What this effectively does is stop federal agencies from answering FOIA requests which might include “White House equities” within the 20 days required by law.  There is no apparent limit to the review time the White House can take with its “review” of such requests.  Since the White House gets to decide what are “White House equities” and how long it will take to review requests which include them, the change effectively neuters the intent of the FOIA law.  This gives the White House the ability to delay release of such information until it is politically beneficial for them to do so (or, in reality, not at all):

The Washington Examiner chimes in with this:

The equities exception is breathtaking in its breadth. As the Greg memo put it, any document request is covered, including “congressional committee requests, GAO requests, judicial subpoenas and FOIA requests.”

And it doesn’t matter what format the documents happen to be in because, according to Greg, the equities exception “applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.”

So much for the Freedom of Information Act. So much for the most transparent administration ever! With the stroke of a White House pen, our rights under FOIA were nullified.

2. Obama usurps  the power of the UN Security Council

I’m serious! How else do you explain the President’s most recent EO placing sanctions on eleven Russian citizens because they may have some how, some way had something to do with the people of Crimea voting to become part of Russia? Did the people of Crimea break some US  law? Did Russian President Putin break some US law for accepting to take in the Crimea? Do the actions of the people of Crimea and Putin pose an  imminent threat to the security of the United States? By what US law did President Obama justify this EO? Aren’t these kinds of sanctions usually authorized by the UN Security Council?

My good friend, 5etester, has a must read post up at his Spellchek blog on this latest Executive Branch overreach. He includes all of the pertinent sections of Mr. Obama’s EO titled  ”Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine”. Please take time to read it. For now let me share with you a couple of excerpts.

Of course, all of this legalese wordsmithing had to come about because our President has no legal authority to seize private property from foreigners. Fact is, you won’t find any language in U.S. law outlining the fact that these 11 random individuals targeted by the Obama Administration are a threat to the interests of the United States and therefore we are justified in seizing their assets. This is important because an EO is supposed to clarify law in order to assist its execution. You can’t clarify what never existed, so in this case you just make it up.

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Utilizing vested authority due to acts of war on our interests abroad could be extrapolated to anyone, anywhere. Same goes with national defense. Our “interests” can literally mean anything. We may view a referendum vote, such as in Crimea, as invalid. Yet these types of votes occur across the globe all the time. North Korea anyone? Venezuela? Cuba? Where are the EO’s condemning those votes? Why aren’t we seizing assets there?

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The longer the Executive Branch goes unchecked, the greater the likelihood they will misuse that power. We’ve already extended the battlefield to include the entire globe. These types of EO’s extend our potential adversary’s to include all Americans as well. Russia may be employing Cold War tactics, but Obama is employing globalist new world order tactics. It is tyrannical.

The Emperor may have no clothes and the world may view President Obama as a wimp, but he has a mighty pen from which tyranny flows. He is but a more polished version of the president of the country where I live.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. _Ronald Reagan

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post: Asylum Watch

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#FreeKate Update: Social Justice Advocate Calls for Federal Charges, Supporters Get FOIA, and Are Strangely Silent

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I had not planned on another #FreeKate post so soon, but there have been two developments to note.  The first is unexpected.  I received an email regarding a letter written to the Attorney General for the Southern District of Florida, Wifredo A. Ferrer, asking that a federal investigation be started into the crimes of Kaitlyn Hunt.  Here is more…

Request for Federal Investigation in Kaitlyn Hunt Case Filed with United States Attorney for Southern Florida.

Honorable Wifredo A. Ferrer Asked to Review Evidence for Violation of Federal Law Regarding Transfer of Obscene Material to Minors.

Contact: Bill Simpson, 301-339-3338, ProtectChildrenFromPredators@Gmail.Com

MIAMI, Dec. 17, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — A letter requesting the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida to review the evidence in the State of Florida vs Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt (Case No. 31-2013-CF-000197-A) has been filed asking for an independent, thorough and transparent investigation into a series of presumptive federal sex crimes committed against a 14 year old female Florida resident residing in Indian River County.

Kaitlyn Hunt pleaded no contest to a series of five charges resulting from a sexual relationship she had with a minor child. The plea agreement included two felonies of interference with child custody (F.S. 787.03), two counts misdemeanor battery (F.S. 784.03(1)(B)), and misdemeanor contributing to the dependency of a child (F.S. 827.04(1)).

The child victim was illegally contacted thousands of times by the defendant, Ms. Hunt, even after two separate no contact orders had been filed with the court as condition of her release from custody. This contact was made in person, through third parties, and electronically through the use of an iPod and an application called FaceTime.

“The victim in this case was sexually violated multiple times by the defendant, and those violations continued for months, long after the initial arrest of Kaitlyn Hunt,” stated social justice activist, Bill Simpson.

“It is every parent’s worst nightmare their child would be groomed by an adult for an illegal sexual relationship, not to mention the first encounter occurred in a stall in the girl’s bathroom at a public school. We should not have to worry each day when we drop our children off at school whether or not they will be sexually assaulted in a bathroom during the course of the school day,” continued Mr. Simpson.

Here is the full text of Mr. Simpson’s letter…

 

US Attorney Ferrer Letter 12-17-13 Regarding Kaitlyn Hunt by Bill Simpson


Concerned individuals might want to contact the AG, and let him know that you support this.

In the second development, two #FreeKate supporters, Thomas Mix, and Rachel Carson Zerbe, obtained the same FOIA information that we had received last month.  They claimed that they were going to show how we, “cherry picked” the information to make Kaitlyn Hunt and crew look bad.  Tonight, they are silent.  After some rather poor attempts at lying, they claimed victim-hood, and stopped posting.

Funny thing; they couldn’t post a single, solitary, anything that contradicted the data in these posts…

#FreeKate Update: Hunt Family Claims Anti-gay Bias, Police Investigation Finds None-Kelley Hunt Smith Engages in it?

#FreeKate Update: Victim Tried to Break Off Relationship, Kaitlyn Hunt ‘Wouldn’t Let Her,’ Described to Have ‘Problem With Lying’

#FreeKate Update: New Information Proves that Kaitlyn Hunt Knew That Her Relationship was Illegal, and That She Was Warned to End it

In fact, they refused to post a single thing that would contradict these posts.  Frankly, they couldn’t.  They had the exact same thing that I had posted, so it could not have been contradicted.  Of course, they aren’t concerned with the truth.  They are only concerned with their hate for people that expose their lies, not to mention making it legal for adults to have sex with minors.

I’m sure that they’ll be back with a new twist on their typical lying and bullying tactics.

And, we’ll be here to cover it.  Exposing bullying tactics to the world helps limit their effectiveness.  What they’ve done to the Smiths, the blaming of the victim, the stalking (pretend or otherwise) against people that oppose their efforts to lie; all needs to be seen, discussed, and countered.  If not, more and more sexual abuse victims, their families, and supporters, will be victimized.

Let this be the case where decent people stood up to the bullies, and made the country safer for children.

Note:  The Conservative Hideout and it’s contributors do not recommend contacting any #FreeKate supporters.  I condemn any attempt to harass, “dox,” or otherwise harm another human being.  We deal in truth here, we’ll leave the lies and harassment to the #FreeKate supporters.  That will not, however, prevent us from exposing their lies and bully tactics.

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#FreeKate Update: Victim Tried to Break Off Relationship, Kaitlyn Hunt ‘Wouldn’t Let Her,’ Described to Have ‘Problem With Lying’

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For the latest post in our series based on the information acquired via a FOIA request filed by Jeanette Runyon, we take a look into the nature of Kaitlyn Hunt’s relationship with her victim.  It seems that the victim tried to break off the relationship, but Kaitlyn wasn’t willing to do that.  I will be quoting two sources; Detective Shepherd’s report, and the text messages exchanged between Kelly Hunt Smith, and her daughter’s victim.  Please note that since the victim is a minor,  I will minimize the input from her part of the conversation to protect her from undo scrutiny, as well as from retaliation from the Hunts, or their supporters.

In essence, from two sources, we find that the victim tried to break off the relationship at some time prior to January 9, 2013, and Kaitlyn Hunt threatened to openly disclose that the victim was a lesbian.  Note that this come over one month before the arrest of Kaitlyn Hunt.  First, here is a screen capture from Detective Shepherd regarding a talk he had with the Captain of the Basketball team…

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As you can see, the victim (indicated by her initials, C.S.) was reported as trying to break off the relationship.

Kiandrea told me that C.S. told her she attempted at one point to break it off with Kaitlyn.  However, Kaitlyn would not let her. Kaitlyn threatened to tell people about her sexual orientation.

Now, here are a serious screencaptures of the January 9, 2013 conversation between Kelley Hunt Smith, and the victim of her daughter…

cs tried to leave

khs victim 10

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What do U mean? Uve tried to break it off with her, and she wouldn’t let u? Kelley Hunt Smith

She threatened to put all the stuff we had out.  So. Like I’m not with all that. The victim of Kaitlyn Hunt

In this interaction, Kelley Hunt Smith does provide the victim with more information about her daughter…

kate lies

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Sweetie I hate to tell u this, but Kate has some issues, especially with lying.

Kate knows I have my concerns with it. You are very young. I don’t know if your parents and an family knew about this or approved, which obviously they don’t. 

I think what we are starting to see is that a young and vulnerable teen was taken in by an adult that has, “some issues, especially with lying.”  When the younger teen tried to break off the relationship, the adult threatened to make known that the young girl was a lesbian.

And what else did Kelley Hunt Smith think of the relationship between Kaitlyn and the victim?

cant understand what love is

Ur both young and at your age can’t understand what love is.

Just to add to the argument, let’s review some of the information that was uncovered in the Notification of Violation of Pretrial Release…

“Keep the f*ck quiet.”

“if my mom finds out we’re talking, I’m blaming it on you.”

“F*ck you…You’re stupid…you want me to go to jail…you’re such a messed up person…you snitched on me.

Kaitlyn Hunt, to her victim.

Does this not run completely counter the the assertion of #FreeKate supporters, like Rachael Carson Zerbe, who claimed that this was nothing more than a “loving relationship” between “peers?” Does “love” mean threatening to “out” someone if they leave a relationship?  Does it mean sending verbally abusive texts?  Or, was this an exploitative relationship, based on lies and threats?  I think the evidence, and the reaction Kelley Hunt Smith, would suggest that.

But there is more…

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Not to mention that your both very young to label yourselves sexually.  U may grow up to date guys, get married, and have kids. If u truly feel that you bi or a lesbian those are thoughts and feelings u should share with your parents.

Does this sound like a parent that was ready to go to war over this being “anti-gay bias?”   It seems that she believes that they are not set in their sexuality.

But was the victim a lesbian at all?

I don't like girls

 

 But, what I’ve tried to teach her is that lying always leads to something bad.  Kelley Hunt Smith

smh & this is.  I’m so sorry  I don’t like girls.  I guess I got wrapped up in Kate & what she would say.  Aha. Wow. yeah.  Victim of Kaitlyn Hunt

Once again, I think that we are seeing a very young girl who fell victim to manipulation at the hands of an adult.  She indicated in the above comment, as well as in another (unpublished one), that she isn’t a lesbian.   However, we see that Kaitlyn hunt was able to manipulate her into at least acting like one.

And, But, what I’ve tried to teach her is that lying always leads to something bad. could be an epitaph for this entire case.

For me, this interaction very strongly suggests that Kaitlyn Hunt was engaged in  a verbally abusive and manipulative relationship with a young teen.  The young teen was confused and easily manipulated by the older, more savvy adult, who in the words of her own mother, had problems with lying.

It also raises the question of what happened to the Kelley Hunt Smith, who in this entire interaction, was rather nurturing to the young victim?  Why did she go from being supportive and kind to this?

James and Laurie Smith wouldn’t give up. They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter “made” their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious [zealots] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter. Of course I see it 100% different. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality, all teens do it in one form or another. They are teens, its healthy and normal. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares, she is still their daughter. (Emphasis added)

And why does Kelley Hunt Smith talk about the victim being “gay” when the victim herself told her that she was not?  Why did Kelley Hunt Smith go from indicating that they were too young to label themselves sexually, to stating that the young victim was gay?

The questions are starting to get a bit numerous, aren’t they?

In a sense, this post does leave us with  a number of unanswered questions.  However, it does show us that the relationship between Kaitlyn Hunt and her victim was abusive and controlling, and when the victim tried to leave, Kaitlyn Hunt threatened to “tell people” about her “sexual orientation.” And, if homosexual behavior is, in the words of Kelley Hunt Smith, “healthy and normal,” why did her daughter threaten her young victim with exposing that very “healthy and normal” behavior?  Why the inconsistency?  Or was it just a case of an adult using power and control to manipulate a young teen into staying in a relationship?  You can be the judge of that.

While we know more, I have a hunch that this is only the tip of the iceberg.  But, unless other legal developments come about, we will likely not know.  What we are left with is a traumatized victim and family, whose only desire was to protect their young daughter from an adult that wouldn’t let go.

For now, this is the last post regarding the information obtained in the FOIA request filed by Jeanette Runyon.   As always, should something newsworthy, such as more harassment, arrests, bullying, “pretend IRL stalking,” new evidence emerges, or legal developments occur, we will revisit the case.   In other words, this story is alive as the Hunts and their supporters make it.

Also, I will make the same offer that the website Support Honesty makes.  If there is any kind of actual documentation that proves anything in these last three posts incorrect, I will happily post it to correct the public record.  However, “documentation” means actual documentation, not, “because I said so.”

As always, we need to thank Jeanette Runyon, who has born the brunt of much abuse at the hands of #FreeKate supporters.  From openly plotting to get her banned from Twitter via false spam reports, to one even pretending to stalk her IRL, Jeanette came through under pressure.  Also, we need to thank Robert Stacy McCain, of The Other McCain, whose extensive Twitter readership, his blog, Viral Read, and an American Spectator post all supported the release of this information.  We also need to acknowledge the Smith family, that dug in and stayed the course for the sake of their daughter.  There are a host of other bloggers and individuals to thank and acknowledge, and I will do that in a future post.

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