Trump Pardons Michael Flynn

The president’s former national security adviser twice pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #flynn-michael-t, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2016, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Hate Crimes in U.S. Rose to Highest Level in More Than a Decade in 2019

An F.B.I. report on hate crimes also found that more murders motivated by hate were recorded in 2019 than in any year before.

#anti-semitism, #el-paso-tex-shooting-2019, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #southern-poverty-law-center

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Former Harvard Fencing Coach Peter Brand Accused of Taking Bribes

Prosecutors said a wealthy businessman, who is also charged, bribed the coach to help get his sons admitted to Harvard.

#brand-peter-a-1953, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university

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Iran Denies That Al Qaeda Leader Was Killed in Tehran

The denial came in the wake of a New York Times report that quoted intelligence officials as saying the terror group’s No. 2 leader was killed on the street in Tehran in August.

#abdullah-abdullah-ahmed-abu-muhammad-al-masri, #al-qaeda, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #iran, #terrorism, #zawahri-ayman-al

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Trump Is Said to Set Aside Career Intelligence Briefer to Hear From Advisers Instead

For weeks, the director of national intelligence has taken over a job usually done by an intelligence officer.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Louisville Officer Who Fatally Shot Breonna Taylor Is Now Suing Her Boyfriend

In a court filing, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly said Kenneth Walker’s actions had caused him “severe trauma, mental anguish and emotional distress.”

#attacks-on-police, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #decisions-and-verdicts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hankison-brett-louisville-ky-police-officer, #immunity-from-prosecution, #louisville-ky, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-louisville-ky, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #walker-kenneth-march-13-2020-shooting

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

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$300 Million Telemarketing Scheme Preyed on Older People, U.S. Says

Officials announced that 60 people had been charged in the scheme, in which federal prosecutors said deceptive tactics were used to sell magazine subscriptions to more than 150,000 older and vulnerable people.

#elderly, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #minnesota, #telemarketing

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Ken Kurson, a Trump Family Ally, is Arrested on Cyberstalking Charge

Ken Kurson, a close friend of the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, was arrested in connection with incidents stemming from his divorce.

#crime-and-criminals, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #kurson-ken, #kushner-jared, #new-york-observer, #stalking-crime, #trump-donald-j

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What We Know and Don’t About Hunter Biden and a Laptop

President Trump’s allies have promoted claims of corruption aimed at the former vice president’s son in an effort to damage the Biden campaign.

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Iran Is Behind Threatening Emails Sent to Influence Election, U.S. Officials Say

Both Iran and Russia have obtained voter information, the officials warned, but there was no indication that any votes themselves have been altered.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #iran, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

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Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #computer-security, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #law-and-legislation, #national-assn-of-police-organizations, #search-and-seizure, #smartphones, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business Pursuits

As he raises questions about his opponent’s standing with China, President Trump’s taxes reveal details about his own activities there, including a previously unknown bank account.

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Is the Trump Campaign Colluding With Russia Again?

Giuliani’s dirty tricks are the scandal, not Hunter Biden’s hard drive.

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White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Bomb Colorado Synagogue

Richard Holzer, 28, shared with undercover F.B.I. agents that he wanted to get a synagogue “off the map.”

#anti-semitism, #bombs-and-explosives, #colorado, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #holzer-richard, #jews-and-judaism, #pueblo-colo, #synagogues, #terrorism

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YouTube bans videos promoting conspiracy theories like QAnon that target individuals

YouTube today joined social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in taking more direct action to prohibit the distribution of conspiracy theories like QAnon.

The company announced that it is expanding its hate and harassment policies to ban videos “that [target] an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence,” according to a statement.

YouTube specifically pointed to videos that harass or threaten someone by claiming they are complicit in the false conspiracy theories promulgated by adherents to QAnon.

YouTube isn’t going as far as either of the other major social media outlets in an establishing an outright ban on videos or articles that promote the outlandish conspiracies, instead focusing on the material that targets individuals.

“As always, context matters, so news coverage on these issues or content discussing them without targeting individuals or protected groups may stay up,” the company said in a statement. “We will begin enforcing this updated policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come.”

It’s the latest step in social media platforms efforts to combat the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories that are increasingly linked to violence and terrorism in the real world.

In 2019, the FBI for the first time identified fringe conspiracy theories like QAnon as a domestic terrorist threat and adherents to the conspiracy theory that falsely claims famous celebrities and Democratic politicians are part of a secret, Satanic, child-molesting cabal plotting to undermine Donald Trump.

In July, Twitter banned 7,000 accounts associated with the conspiracy theory, and last week Facebook announced a ban on the distribution of QAnon related materials or propaganda across its platforms.

These actions by the social media platforms may be too little, too late, considering how widely the conspiracy theories have spread… and the damage they’ve already done thanks to incidents like the attack on a pizza parlor in Washington DC that landed the gunman in prison.

The recent steps at YouTube followed earlier efforts to stem the distribution of conspiracy theories by making changes to its recommendation algorithm to avoid promoting conspiracy related materials.

However as TechCrunch noted previously, it was over the course of 2018 and the last year that QAnon conspiracies really took root.

As TechCrunch noted previously, it’s now a shockingly mainstream political belief system that has its own Congressional candidates.

So much for YouTube’s vaunted 70% drop in views coming from the company’s search and discovery systems. The company said that when it looked at QAnon content, it saw the number of views coming from non-subscribed recommendations dropping by over 80% since January 2019.

YouTube noted that it may take additional steps going forward as it loowks to combat conspiracy theories that lead to real-world violence.

“Due to the evolving nature and shifting tactics of groups promoting these conspiracy theories, we’ll continue to adapt our policies to stay current and remain committed to taking the steps needed to live up to this responsibility,” the company said.

#donald-trump, #facebook, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #social-media-platforms, #tc, #twitter, #youtube

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Jetpack Sighted Again Above Los Angeles, This Time at 6,000 Feet

Federal officials are looking into the second such sighting in just six weeks. Two airline pilots previously spotted a man in a jetpack at an altitude of 3,000 feet.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #china-airlines, #federal-aviation-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jetpacks, #los-angeles-calif

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Virginia Governor Was Also a Possible Target of Anti-Government Plot, F.B.I. Says

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia was discussed as a possible target by members of an anti-government group charged with plotting to kidnap the Michigan governor, the F.B.I. said.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #northam-ralph-s

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Kidnapping Plot Against Whitmer Becomes Part of Michigan Politics

The F.B.I. and state authorities last week arrested 13 men in connection with a domestic terrorism plot directed against the first-term governor.

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FBI/DHS: Government election systems face threat from active Zerologon exploits

FBI/DHS: Government election systems face threat from active Zerologon exploits

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The FBI and the cybersecurity arm of the Department of Homeland Security said they have detected hackers exploiting a critical Windows vulnerability against state and local governments and that in some cases the attacks are being used to breach networks used to support elections.

Members of unspecific APTs—the abbreviation for advanced persistent threats—are exploiting the Windows vulnerability dubbed Zerologon. It gives attackers who already have a toehold on a vulnerable network access to the all-powerful domain controllers that administrators use to allocate new accounts and manage existing ones.

To gain initial access, the attackers are exploiting separate vulnerabilities in firewalls, VPNs, and other products from companies including Juniper, Pulse Secure, Citrix NetScaler, and Palo Alto Networks. All of the vulnerabilities—Zerologon included—have received patches, but as evidenced by Friday’s warning from the DHS and FBI, not everyone has installed them. The inaction is putting governments and elections systems at all levels at risk.

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#biz-it, #department-of-homeland-security, #dhs, #fbi, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #microsoft, #policy, #tech, #windows, #zerologon

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What We Know About the Alleged Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor

The group charged with planning the kidnapping met repeatedly over the summer for firearms training and combat drills, the F.B.I. said.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #michigan, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

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Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing is Focus of ‘Kingdom of Silence’ and ‘The Dissident’

“Kingdom of Silence,” due Friday, and “The Dissident,” due Dec. 18, revisit the killing of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

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Comey to Defend Russia Inquiry in Senate Testimony

The former F.B.I. director has long been a target of President Trump’s.

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Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote

Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.

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Justice Dept. Documents Highlight Criticisms of Mueller Inquiry

The attorney general provided information on two matters to President Trump’s allies that was meant to damage the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation and the special counsel’s office.

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Justice Dept. Aids Trump’s False Narrative on Voting

In a series of unusual moves, the Justice Department has helped stoke skepticism about mail-in voting.

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The Gilgo Beach Murders Were a Cold Case. Then a New Police Chief Arrived.

After a decade of little movement in a series of killings on Long Island, a new sense of urgency.

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In Politically Charged Inquiry, Durham Sought Details About Scrutiny of Clinton Foundation

John Durham’s team has sought information about the F.B.I.’s handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation, raising questions about the scope of the prosecutor’s review.

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The Russian Trolls Have a Simpler Job Today. Quote Trump.

As part of their attempt to interfere with the 2020 election, Russians are grabbing screenshots of President Trump’s tweets, or quoting his own misleading statements, analysts and officials say.

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Ricin Suspect Threatened to Kill Trump Over Re-election Campaign, Prosecutors Say

The woman was found with a loaded gun and knife when she was arrested on Sunday while trying to enter the United States from Canada.

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Mueller’s Team Could Have Done More to Investigate Trump-Russia Links, Insider Says

A new book by one of the special counsel’s top deputies, Andrew Weissmann, is the first inside account of the investigation.

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TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy

Technological progress has outpaced the political debate again. What will happen when the next TikTok arrives in the United States?

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FBI Director Warns of Russian Interference, White Supremacist Violence

The testimony contradicted efforts by President Trump and other officials to downplay the threats.

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Barr Defends Right to Intrude in Cases as He Sees Fit

The attorney general’s remarks scanned as a rebuke of career Justice Department lawyers who have questioned his level of involvement.

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Justice Dept. charges five Chinese members of APT41 over cyberattacks on U.S. companies

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 09: The Justice Department building on a foggy morning on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The Justice Department has announced charges against five alleged Chinese citizens, accused of hacking over 100 companies in the United States, including tech companies, game makers, universities, and think tanks.

Zhang Haoran and Tan Dailin were charged in August 2019 with over two-dozen counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and charges related to computer hacking. Prosecutors also added nine additional charges against Jiang Lizhi, Qian Chuan, and Fu Qiang last month.

Prosecutors also charged two businessmen, who were arrested in Malaysia, for their role in trying to profit from the group’s intrusions into game companies to steal and sell digital goods and virtual currency.

“Today’s charges, the related arrests, seizures of malware and other infrastructure used to conduct intrusions, and coordinated private sector protective actions reveal yet again the Department’s determination to use all of the tools at its disposal and to collaborate with the private sector and nations who support the rule of law in cyberspace,” said assistant attorney general John C. Demers.

“This is the only way to neutralize malicious nation state cyber activity,” he said.

The hackers are accused of being members of the China-backed APT41 hacking group, also known as “Barium,” to steal source code, customer data, and other valuable business information from businesses in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Korea and other countries.

The indictments said that the hackers worked for a front company, Chengdu 404, which purports to be a network security company but prosecutors say was a cover for the hackers. The alleged hackers used a number of known security vulnerabilities to break into companies and launch attacks against a company’s supply chains, allowing the hackers to break into other companies. The indictments confirm earlier research from security firm FireEye that said APT41 hackers used vulnerabilities against networking gear to break into their victims’ networks.

The hackers also allegedly stole code-signing certificates, which can be used to trick computers into thinking malware is from a legitimate source and safe to run. Last year, APT41 was blamed for a supply chain attack at computer maker Asus, which saw the attackers push a backdoor to at least hundreds of thousands of computers using the company’s own servers.

Prosecutors said the hackers tried to make money by launching ransomware attacks and cryptojacking schemes, which hijack computers with malware to mine cryptocurrency.

After the indictments were filed, prosecutors said they obtained warrants to seize websites, domains, and servers associated with the group’s operations, effectively shutting them down and hindering their operations.

The alleged hackers are still believed to be in China, but the allegations serve as a “name and shame” effort employed by the Justice Department in recent years against state-backed cyber attackers.

#computer-security, #cyberattack, #department-of-justice, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #government, #hacker, #internet-security, #justice-department, #ransomware, #security, #security-breaches, #united-states

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Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Ignites a Smoldering Homeland Security Agency

The agency created to share information across governments is accused of distorting its intelligence to play down the threats posed by Russia and white supremacists.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #homeland-security-department, #murphy-brian-j, #office-of-intelligence-and-analysis-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

#boasberg-james-e, #bush-george-w, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #privacy, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Ex-F.B.I. Agent in Russia Inquiry Says Trump Is a National Security Threat

Peter Strzok, who was fired for sending anti-Trump texts, played a central role in both the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations.

#books-and-literature, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #strzok-peter, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Charges 2 With Trying to Support Hamas

The men, both American citizens, were taken into custody on Thursday evening in Minneapolis. They say they are members of a far-right group called the Boogaloo Bois.

#boogaloo-bois, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hamas, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #solomon-michael-r, #teeter-benjamin-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Karim Elkorany, Ex-U.N. Official, Is Accused of Sexual Assault

He was not charged with any of the alleged assaults, but rather with two counts of lying when he was questioned by the F.B.I.

#elkorany-karim, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #manhattan-nyc, #sex-crimes, #united-nations, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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Jet Pack Sighting at 3,000 Feet Over Los Angeles Prompts Investigation

Two commercial pilots approaching the city’s main airport reported a man out for a high-altitude spin. The F.B.I. is looking into it.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #federal-aviation-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jetpacks, #los-angeles-calif

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How Has Donald Trump Survived?

Michael S. Schmidt’s “Donald Trump v. the United States” describes the uncomfortable tenures of two influential White House figures.

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Prosecutors Get Ballistics Report in Breonna Taylor Shooting

The Kentucky attorney general called the report a “critical piece” of the case, but he did not say what light it sheds on the fatal police shooting of a 26-year-old Black woman in her home.

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Justice Dept. Never Fully Examined Trump’s Ties to Russia, Ex-Officials Say

The former deputy attorney general maneuvered to keep investigators from completing an inquiry into whether the president’s personal and financial links to Russia posed a national security threat.

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C.I.A. Uncensors Memoir of F.B.I. Agent Who Protested Torture of Terrorists

Nine years after the C.I.A. blacked out parts of Ali Soufan’s book, the agency has finally allowed a more complete version of his story to be published.

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Justice Dept. Questions Former C.I.A. Director for 8 Hours

John O. Brennan is a witness, not a target, in the inquiry being led by John H. Durham, a U.S. attorney, but the C.I.A. under Barack Obama could be subject to further criticism by the Trump administration.

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Ex-Green Beret Charged With Spying for Russia in Elaborate Scheme

Prosecutors said he provided classified information to Russian intelligence operatives for years, betraying the United States.

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Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Doctoring Email in Russia Inquiry

The former official admitted that he had intentionally inserted words into the text of the email, which discussed past relations between the C.I.A. and Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser.

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