Obama Administration Surveilled Trump Transition Team And Leaked Names to Press

Earlier this afternoon, House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., traveled to the White House to inform President Donald Trump that the intelligence community “incidentally collected” communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance of foreign targets.

Before we go any further, let me preface this piece with the following, unless you’ve held a security clearance higher than a Top Secret SCI with a poly and read on capabilities you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. I held such a clearance for almost 7 years and know what the intelligence community can do and does regularly with regards to US citizens “swept” up in surveillance operations.

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President Donald Trump

Recall in a previous blog that I wrote when I stated the following “It’s a pretty big accusation to say what Donald Trump said, however, I’ve said all along, this guys’ intelligence and what he says is always spot on. Let me be clear, he says some off the wall crazy stuff, but when it comes to going after his opponents he waits patiently, gathers his Intel and fires his bullets.”

This revelation confirms what President Trump said earlier this month and completely contradicts what FBI Director James Comey testified to earlier this week, when he adamantly stated, that he had no evidence to support Trump’s claims.

So the leader of the world’s premier investigative unit that is charged with surveillance and counter-surveillance of foreign agents, didn’t know that this “accidental” collection, of at least one US citizen and perhaps more, occurred?

For those that don’t know a FISA warrant is only applied for and granted for surveillance and if a US citizen’s name is mentioned, it must by law be masked or blackened out.  And Rep. Nunes said the surveillance collection was “legally collected foreign intelligence under FISA incidental collection.”  Which begs the question, which US citizen/s was the Intelligence Community conducting surveillance on?  Could it have been President Elect Trump or people on his transition team?

Recall that several days before leaving office President Obama allowed intelligence agencies to share any and all intelligence information, an unprecedented act, which means the transcript of the surveillance being conducted on an unknown foreign national, and not Russian, was openly shared and passed among who knows who.  And that information would have definitely been seen by top Obama Administration officials and the former President too.

Is it any wonder how the entire Democratic party started with “Trump has ties with Russians” and the “Russians tainted the election?”

White House spokesman, Sean Spicer said “the NSA had been “very helpful” during the investigation, however, he was unsure if “the FBI is going to comply.”

Recall it was previously reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “unmasked” in this way, but Nunes said “additional names” were unmasked as well.”

So more people, presumably in President Trump’s camp, have been unmasked and fed to the media as Mike Flynn was. Remember, Mike Flynn was the former director of the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) and if you don’t think the leaking of his name was retribution from people within the intelligence community, then go back up and read what I stated in the second paragraph of this blog.

It is becoming glaringly obvious, that the unmasking of names was done by persons with access to this highly sensitive and classified information and definitely from within the Intelligence Community.

Now it’s not such a far stretch to say that people within President Obama’s cabinet, people like Ben Rhodes or Valerie Jarret could have passed this along to the former President and further passed it along to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Like I said earlier, just because people within the Intelligence community are precluded from unmasking names or speaking with reporters about the Trump campaign doesn’t mean it didn’t happen and actually their own reporting proves it did.

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Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row Restaurant Denies Entry To US Marine Veteran

I’m not a big fan of what modern country music has become, maybe I’m more old school because I grew up with a father who listened to Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash’s of the world.

My wife, on the other hand, loves the modern day Luke Bryan’s, Brad Paisely’s and Dierks Bentley. Country music, in general, has always had a connection with us veterans, perhaps because country music speaks so much to patriotism, family values, and Americana.

As a veteran living here in Phoenix, the 5th largest city in the US, and who works closely with veterans in Real Estate and business, I believe in giving back to those that gave so much for our freedoms.  I definitely know not to judge a veteran family buying a home because one or both spouses have tattoos.  Do you know how much business I’d lose if I arbitrarily said “sorry I can’t work with you because of your neck or hand tattoos.”

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Brandon Andrus, hugs his son with 22 tattooed on his neck to honor the 22 veterans committing suicide daily in the U.S.

Recently, a US Marine Corps veteran (with 2 tours in Iraq) was humiliated last Wednesday night when he was denied entrance into a Whiskey Row restaurant, owned and operated by Dierks Bentley into his new Gilbert Restaurant named Dierks Bentley.

Brandon Andrus, was turned away with family members because he had the number “22” tattooed on his neck to honor the 22 veterans taking their lives daily across the nation.

According to Andrus “they thought I was going to cause trouble,” talk about stereotyping right!

Robyn Moore, a spokeswoman for Riot Hospitality of Scottsdale, which operates three Whiskey Row restaurants owned and operated by Dierks Bentley and named after him, said: “the company was upholding a policy recommended by police.” Remember he’s from here and loves making money off them, but won’t allow “certain”vets into them.

So, Richard Park, a Phoenix resident called the Gilbert Police Department, who told him the following: “the police department recommends that companies formulate policies that they feel will make it a safe environment for their circumstances.”

So now you’re trying to throw blame on the Police Department and not accept the fact that it’s your policy and you’ve also been caught in a lie trying to defuse a PR nightmare.

Apparently, if Whiskey Row made an exception for Andrus, then “we would need to make an exception for everyone,” she went on to further say.

So let me get this straight, your policy is to allow no one with a neck tattoo in and how visible is considered visible? What if someone wore a jacket, took it off, and a tattoo peered out a little over the collar, would you escort them out after they spent several hundred dollars in your restaurant?

As a veteran in the community, I hope this hits you where it hurts best Whiskey Row, in your wallet. This is going to become a PR nightmare and mark my words it will spread like wildfire about what you did, and already has via local news.

The balls in your court, I know one thing though, I’ve never been to one of your places and now never will and I’ll do everything in my power and veteran network to spread the word about what you’re doing to those that sacrificed the most, our veterans.

Alex Popovic is a US Marine Force Reconnaissance and Scout/Sniper veteran.

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Bataan Death March 75th Anniversary Being Recognized in New Mexico

This week marks the 75th Anniversary that the Japanese military forced American prisoners of war to “march” 65 miles through the Philippine jungles in what has become to be known as the Bataan Death March.

Several years ago while traveling to see a friend in Taos, New Mexico, I stopped in at the Pueblo nation reservation and was fortunate enough to meet an old man, whose sunken eyes and dark tanned leather skin told the story of a tough life.

At first, I thought he was a farmer whose leathered skin bore the marks of long days spent in the sun, but I quickly found out that wasn’t the case.

His son came out and saw that I was wearing a military sweatshirt and asked me if had heard of the Bataan Death March. I said I had. He then pointed to his dad and said that’s one of the few that survived it.

They showed me pictures of what he looked like when he was saved and liberated. He weighed only 80 pounds and looked like a death camp survivor.

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Alex Popovic with Bataan Death March survivor

This week, eight survivors of the march are gathering to participate in the 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. It is one of WW II’s greatest atrocities. Of the almost 10,000 Americans who endured starvation, torture, malnutrition and disease in 100+ degree temperatures, fewer than 50 survivors are alive today.

If you aren’t familiar with what happened during the March and why it occurred you can read about it here.

What these men endured, and particularly those from New Mexico, who sent 1,800 men fro the Army’s 200th and 515th regiments, is unbelievable. One thing it does show is the American spirit and how it endured at the horrific crimes committed against it by other men.

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Portraits Of President Trump and Sec. Of VA Taken Down Sparks Vet Outrage

The transition of power from one US President to another has always been civil, cordial and respectful, or so it should be. However, with President Trump, it’s been anything but respectful and actually borders on criminal, with civil service employees, who serve in the government.

Well you can’t make this story up and it actually sickens me that something like this could even occur at the Veterans Affairs, but, it doesn’t surprise me one bit.

Photographs of the President and a particular cabinet member that represents that department are hung at those facilities. In the case of the VA there should be a portrait of President Donald Trump and Secretary David Shulkin.

Rep-Brian-Mast-VA-Hospital-photosIn a VA facility at West Palm Beach, FL though, there have been two empty picture frames since the President’s inauguration. And Congressman Brian Mast, a veteran himself took matters into his own hands.

Both the congressman and several other veterans brought portraits to hang themselves after outraged veterans contacted the Congressman in his district.

The VA was asked about it several times and the answers varied from they didn’t have the picture, to……..wait for it……”he’s not our President.” You can view the video here

Shortly after leaving the VA took the pictures down and a VA spokeswoman said “the congressman’s actions and the actions of the veterans who accompanied him were “inappropriate” and the cell phone video was not legally obtained. Additionally, the spokeswoman said the portraits have been removed because they have not been authenticated and portraits on display at the VA need to come from the central office.”

This is exactly the type of environment that fosters the atmosphere over at the VA that is out of control and accountable to no one, not even the law, which requires pictures of the Commander in Chief be displayed in all government facilities.

Draining the swamp needs to start at the VA and this provides a wonderful opportunity to make an example of these morons.

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Lt. Gen Mike Flynn, Trump’s Former National Security Advisor Files Paperwork As a Foreign Agent

On Thursday, Lt. Gen Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former National Security advisor, admitted via a filing with the Department of Justice that he was a lobbyist for the Muslim country of Turkey.

The filing, ostensibly done by a lawyer on his behalf, admits that he was contracted to do work on behalf of the Turkish government, namely President Recep Tayyip Erodogan.

Flynn used to head up what’s the equivalent of the CIA but for the military known as the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), I’ve done a lot of work at the DIA previously and know the facility well, it sits across the Potomac river on Joint Base Acacostia-Bolling.

Ok, here’s the problem with the entire situation. Flynn lobbied for the Turkish government between August and November 2016, via his company Flynn Intel Group Inc., he was paid at least $530,000.

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Courtesy of Washingtonpost.com

We don’t know if he disclosed this to then candidate Trump followed by President-Elect Trump and ultimately President Trump. The fact that he lobbied so late for a foreign government is a black eye for him and the Trump presidency. For me it makes me wonder, “how did you not know about this,” and if you did “then it screams incompetence on an unprecedented scale.”

You’re also a former General grade officer and one who lead the militaries most secretive spy agency, once you donned the political cape on, you should have known better and the optics through which this type of action would be viewed. Why did you wait to file as a foreign agent after you were fired, instead of when you first began lobbying for the Turkish Government?

Because of this payment, we can now go back and look at what you espoused on an op-ed you wrote for the Hill in which you stated “The US media is doing a bang-up job of reporting the Erdoğan government’s crackdown on dissidents, but it’s not putting it into perspective,” Flynn writes. “We must begin with understanding that Turkey is vital to U.S. interests.”

In particular, Flynn railed against the Obama administration for harboring Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Muslim cleric and intellectual from Turkey who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. As my colleague Dylan Matthews writes, “Gülen preaches an inclusive brand of Sunni Islam that emphasizes cooperation and tolerance,” and his movement claims millions of followers in Turkey and around the world.

To summarize: A Trump campaign surrogate with substantial influence over the incoming president’s foreign policy views wrote an article parroting a conspiracy theory propagated by the Turkish government to justify a brutal and far-reaching crackdown on political dissent. And these latest revelations suggest that Flynn’s failure to be fully forthcoming about his ties to a foreign government didn’t stop with Russia.

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Judge Awards Phoenix Army Veteran $2.5 Million Dollars Against VA

Hot off the press a judge here in Arizona just awarded a military veteran here in Phoenix $2.5M who sued the VA claiming his now terminal cancer would have been curable had the Phoenix VA diagnosed it sooner.

U.S. Magistrate Michelle Burns ruled today that military veteran Stephen Cooper’s VA nurses and health providers should have ordered more testing.  The full video about the story can be seen here.

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Army Veteran Stephen Cooper who sued Phoenix VA

Of course, the government lawyers blamed the veteran (you can read the full hearing here) and said the symptoms weren’t there and therefore weren’t detectable by the VA nurse practitioner. This was the first lawsuit brought by a veteran against the VA over this and sets a precedence that they’re not untouchable or above the law.

I’ve been saying all along if Trump doesn’t fix the VA and quick as it was one of his campaign promises he’ll be a one-term president. The VA needs major overhauling, starting with employees being able to be fired.

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NSA And President Obama Accused Of Perpetrating Wire Taps on Donald Trump

I’m Slavic and actually speak Russian, I’ve said all along, the most notorious gangs of any in the world are the Russians, that said, all this talk about wiretaps and hacking of servers got me thinking, one, and two, the story just won’t go away. The story, though is being promulgated by Democrats that “Trump” somehow colluded with the Russians and unfairly won the election. Well, that narrative may just bring down the entire US intelligence system and the former administration. Time will tell.

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Donald Trump with Captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius

Let’s first take a look at the Tweet sent out by Trump on Saturday that caused this entire maelstrom. It’s a pretty big accusation to say what Donald Trump said, however, I’ve said all along, this guys’ intelligence and what he says is always spot on. Let me be clear, he says some off the wall crazy stuff, but when it comes to going after his opponents he waits patiently, gathers his Intel and fires his bullets.

He did it with 17 Republican Presidential Candidates and with Hillary Clinton and the Main Stream Media Appartchik (pretty cool Russian word) that she had in her back pocket and did everything to help her. First, it’s important to note that this story, first leveled by Mark Levin, was the result of open source information and stories compiled from several different news media outlets both right and left leaning.

Let me further clarify and be clear, no evidence has been found that Trump and his team did any wrongdoing. According to Levin, the timeline laid forth shows what the Obama administration did:

  1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.
  2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.
  3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.
  4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.
  1. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier.Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.
  2. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.
  3. January: Times report.The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the existence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.
  4. February: Mike Flynn scandal.Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.
  5. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.
  6. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

Personally, as I stated at the start of this piece, I’m over the Russians (although not my favorite vodka aptly named hammer and sickle ) and that Trump is involved with them, it didn’t happen. What I’m not over and want many more answers to is that our government, whether Republican or Democrat monitors its citizens and particularly when they’re in the midst of running for the highest office in the land.

If proven true, that this “silent coup” occurred and that sensitive and classified information is being leaked to the media to undermine a sitting president, then heads need to roll. Levins timeline, while speculative for now, certainly raises the question that it may have happened. After all “our” Government did wiretap congressional leaders talking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. So why wouldn’t this be beyond them?

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Meltdowns While Drinking and Typing They Don’t Mesh

Just like drinking and driving is a bad thing, so is drinking and typing and posting things on the Internet.  I read a lot of books, partly for school and partly because of my passion for understanding things about life, situations, and history.  One thing I’ve learned is, don’t do either.

Imagine if your world evolved around Facebook or the Internet in general, you’re a self-proclaimed “Google” god that can destroy anyone’s reputation online and can “hack” anyone you want when you want and people finally saw you for what you are.  A keyboard tough guy.

drinking-and-typingTough guys come and go, we’ve seen them all since we were children with the playground bully right.  Once he’s gone, then everyone immediately comes out of the woodwork about stuff he/she used to do, or how they really felt about him/her.

A recent meltdown by one such tough guy who’s been losing his whole life, but in his mind is “winning” (kinda sounds like Charlie Sheen), finally showed his true colors to an entire community, who already knew who he was, a pathetic narcissist hell bent on destroying others online, both in business and personally.

I sleep well every night, knowing the bullshit Stolen Valor that has been floating around the Internet about me, shows the lengths some will go to to make themselves feel better.  Anyone with a high school education and skillful enough to turn a computer on can see the completely fabricated bullshit about me on the Internet about Stolen Valor is just that…..Bullshit!!!!  Now go get your shoe shine box.

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Alex Popovic Greyside Group CEO, Nexus Consulting Group Of Alexandria and Stolen Valor

I used to own a very successful Private Security Company by the name of Greyside Group. I founded it in 2003 and by 2010/2011 had landed some of the largest contracts with some of the worlds’ largest shipping companies in Europe. At our peak, we were protecting hundreds of millions of dollars in cargo and shipping transiting in and around the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean off Somalia and East Africa.

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Alex Popovic (L) CEO and Founder of Greyside Group

I personally transited the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The picture on the right is a good friend and employee and me at a Piracy Conference in Hamburg Germany. One of our direct competitors was a company by the name of Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria LLC. Nexus was owned and operated by a former Marine, who didn’t do much in the Corps, by the name of Kevin C. Doherty.

Nexus has apparently shut its doors down and its website is now defunct, see above link with their URL. Several Reconnaissance Marines and Scout/Snipers who worked for Mr. Doherty contacted me today informing me that he owed them over $50,000 combined and that there were probably more former employees he owed monies to.

Such a shame that men who risked their lives in High-Risk Areas to protect the interests of a company that had a fiduciary and legal responsibility to pay them didn’t. Mr. Doherty has a history of doing less than honorable things like this and with his company that I witnessed first hand.

Several years ago, he along with another Marine that worked for me as my Chief Information Officer (I can’t mention his name in public due to settlement agreements after my lawsuit against him, however, apparently he goes by a name of (Marko Christobal) so it doesn’t violate that settlement agreement, helped perpetuate fake claims of stolen valor against me on the Internet.

Marko even bragged about how great a company Nexus was to work for on his blog, writing a piece on “using reputable” security providers.  It’s real reputable not paying your employees.  I guess Marko and Kevin are two peas in a pod and cut from the same cloth.

This complete rubbish claimed that I had a bio that stated I was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart. My actual bio is attached. Notice the subtle differences of what my actual one said compared to the one floating around on the Internet, that’s fake.

These men, who are owed tens of thousands of dollars, along with attorney’s and other government entities are contacting me about Nexus Consulting Group and Mr. Kevin Doherty.   If memory serves me correctly there are numerous records and pictures that have been meticulously kept over the years.

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Dan Rather, Senator McCain And Media Take on Donald Trump

In an ironic twist of fate, it suddenly seems as though the media and all its elitists who work in it, are now crying that President Trump is becoming a dictator by labeling them as being fake and reporting fake news.   Heck, even Senator McCain is calling his fellow Republican President a dictator.

It’s kind of funny and humorous watching the media cry like babies about how Trump is treating them. Wait, isn’t he afforded these very rights under the 1st amendment that the media operates under? The irony is abounded less!

we-just-make-it-upNow Dan Rather, the former CBS News anchor turned media critic, says he’ll lead the charge against the “fake news.” You know the fake news that started with Dan Rather who in 2004 reported extensively on President Bush’s military failures and spread the story to other “reputable” outlets.

Well we know how that turned out, the documents were fakes and forged, and only after CBS made excuse after excuse including, get this, the documents “were fake but accurate,” that’s kind of like saying an illegal immigrant is a legal immigrant.

Rather than retire, see what I did there, Rather stayed on as lead anchor for another year after the incident which become known as “Rathergate.” Well, Rather has now launched a newsgroup called “News and Guts,” to counter the “propaganda” (his words) that the current administration is putting out.

Yep, good luck with this venture Dan, you’re only launching a news media outlet, during probably the most transitional time in US media history and at a time when the public generally distrusts the media, only 32% of the people in the US say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.

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