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Congress Backs Terrorists In Syria … Then Says We Need NSA Spying Because There are Terrorists In Syria

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The civil war in Syria started in March 2011. And see this.

However, the U.S. has been funding the Syrian opposition since 2006 … and arming the opposition since 2007.   (In reality, the U.S. and Britain considered attacking Syrians and then blaming it on the Syrian government as an excuse for regime change … 50 years ago (the U.S. just admitted that they did this to Iran) . And the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight. And see this.)

The New York Times, (and here and here) , Wall Street Journal, USA TodayCNN, McClatchy (and here), AP, Time, Reuters, BBC, the Independent, the Telegraph, Agence France-PresseAsia Times, and the Star (and here) confirm that  supporting the rebels means supporting Al Qaeda and two other terrorist groups.

Indeed, the the New York Times has reported that virtually all of the rebel fighters are Al Qaeda terrorists.

The Syrian rebels are now calling for terrorist attacks on America.  And we’ve long known that most of the weapons we’re shipping to Syria are ending up in the hands of Al Qaeda. And they apparently have chemical weapons.

And yet the U.S. is stepping up its support for the Islamic extremists.

The chair of the House Intelligence Committee – Mike Rogers – voted for arming the Syrian rebels. And the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee – Diane Feinstein – has apparently quietly let arms flow to the rebels.

So are they admitting their mistake?

Heck, no!  They’re using the specter of Syrian terrorists to justify mass surveillance by the NSA on innocent Americans …

And now he’s trying to use rebel Al Qaeda as an excuse for mass surveillance by the NSA.

As Juan Cole notes:

Senator Diane Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers took to the airwaves on Sunday to warn that Americans are less safe than two years ago and that al-Qaeda is growing and spreading and that the US is menaced by bombs that can’t be detected by metal detectors.

 

Call me cynical, but those two have been among the biggest detractors of the American citizen’s fourth amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure of personal effects and papers. I think their attempt to resurrect Usama Bin Laden is out of the National Security Agency internal playbook, which specifically instructs spokesmen to play up the terrorist threat when explaining why they need to know who all 310 million Americans are calling on our phones every day. [Here's what he's talking about. And here.]

 

CNN’s Candy Crowley interviews them

 

Now, obviously there are violent extremists in the world and the US like all other societies is likely to fall victim to further attacks by terrorists. But if they could not inflict significant damage on us with 9/11 (and economically and in every other way except the horrible death toll, they could not), then it is a little unlikely that this kind of threat is existential.

 

In fact the number of terrorist attacks in the US has vastly declined since the 1970s (as has violent crime over-all), as WaPo’s chart shows:

 

(The chart shows each attack as a number and does not show fatalities; obviously the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 would be prominent in that case. But the fact is that foreign terrorist attacks kill almost no one in America these days. You’re far more likely to fall in your bathtub and die than to face terrorism).

Rogers makes a big deal out of the fighting in northern Syria as a threat to the United States and says “thousands” of “Westerners” have gone to fight there. But

 

Rogers is just obfuscating by mentioning vastly exaggerated statistics.

 

The number of Americans estimated by the FBI to be fighting in Syria? 24. Two dozen. That’s it.

 

The Syrian civil war has nothing to do with the US, and is a local struggle rather unlikely to involve hitting America (more especially since, as Rogers carefully avoids mentioning, the US is committed to arming these rebels to fight against al-Assad.)

 

That’s right. Mike Rogers voted to give arms to the Syrian rebels. And while he may hope they don’t go to the al-Qaeda affiliates (as happened when Ronald Reagan gave $5 billion to the Afghan Mujahidin in the 1980s) [oops], he has no guarantee that won’t happen and is willing to take the risk. If Rogers were really, really concerned about the Jabhat al-Nusra, he wouldn’t be risking upping its firepower with Americans’ tax dollars as a justification for monitoring who your 15 year old daughter calls on her cell phone.

 

Let us say that again. Feinstein and Rogers just came on television to scaremonger the American people with the Syrian jihadis, and both of them voted to give the Syrian rebels millions of dollars in arms.

 

That’s a pretty good racket. You support the jihadis abroad and then point to jihadis abroad as the reason for which you have to get into the underwear of the American people.

 

Then they brought up Iraq, which is another local struggle. Dick Cheney repeatedly warned that if the US left Iraq, the terrorists created by the US Occupation (he didn’t put it that way) would follow us home. But it was never very likely an allegation. You could easily get an attack in the US by a disgruntled Sunni Iraqi. But that the Sunni Arabs of Iraq are gunning for the US? No sign of it.

Indeed,  Al Qaeda wasn’t even in Iraq until the U.S. invaded that country.

And U.S. policy has lead to a world-wide increase in terrorism.

Of course, mass surveillance doesn’t really have much to do with terrorism in the first place.

No wonder Americans have such a low opinion of Congress.  But people like Feinstein and Rogers couldn’t care less.

Bonus: 

Mass Die-Off of West Coast Sealife: Fukushima Radiation … Or Something Else?

 


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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:27 | Link to Comment el Gallinazo
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Problem>Reaction>Solution

Example:

9/11 false flag psy-ops > population terrified through constant video mind control > continual resource wars, destruction of the Bill of Rights, Guantanamo gulag and FEMA camps, unprecedented rise of a ward politician to presidency in a couple of years, militarization of police and sheriffs, expansion of the chemtrail program, etc. ad infinitum.  Rinse and repeat.  The solution always becomes the next problem.

Each iteration brings us closer to our enslavement.  An artificial Hegelian dialectic on steroids.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:11 | Link to Comment g speed
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Yes -the propagandists must help us seperate fact from fiction and of course truth is always a problem in that area-----blah blah.  So any questioning of gov't policy is a defacto assist to "terror" --blah blah ---we should all appreciate the great service the (fill in the three letter gov't spy agency here) is doing for us in insuring the loss of our freedoms--blah blah----

Makes me want to puke.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:38 | Link to Comment JailBanksters
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When the USA is run by Meglamaniacs what do you expect.

 

Hey anybody seen that lovely, sweet , trustworthy Hillary lately.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:34 | Link to Comment el Gallinazo
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Hillary is one of the most demonically possessed individuals on the planet.  Looking at her is like sinking into a black hole.  She is just taking a pause.  The handlers decided that a half black con man trained in NLP mind fuck techniques would be more effective than a women in pursuing the NWO agenda, particularly resource wars in areas of the world where darker people reside.  Like Sauron, she will make herself known.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:22 | Link to Comment blindman
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something to think about ..
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Isaiah's Job | by Albert Jay Nock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnZJKRGLaaE
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Isaiah’s Vision

6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and
exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each
having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and
with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The [a]whole earth is full of His glory.”
4 And the [b]foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out,
while the [c]temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken
from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has
touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is [d]forgiven.”
.....
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+6&version=NASB

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:12 | Link to Comment blindman
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Neil Young ~ Comes a Time ~ 1989 ~ Great Sound! Acoustic ~ Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_tDE71y5WU
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bonus link
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Steve Earle - my old friend the blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdTvDQnCqrg

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:48 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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Why should anyone expect any stellar qualities from CONgress, after all, it is a collection of 535 men and women whose only qualification seems to have been that they were the greater bullshitter...

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:20 | Link to Comment cherry picker
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Fortunately the fact that some see through this madness is comforting to me knowing I am not alone in my thoughts.

Why is it that this folly is obvious to me and not obvious to so many others?

It is a good question for some of those who cannot see are not stupid.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:44 | Link to Comment Not_Sure
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It is a good question and, yes, there are many that are stupid. Many do see this madness, such as myself. However, the huddled masses are sedated and "hypmotized" by their favorite celebrity or TV show to care what the hell is going on in the armpit of the world. And now we are making more Obots with the SNAP and EBT give-aways so they won't want to rock the boat.

 

We are going deeper and deeper into the shit pile.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:09 | Link to Comment rationaldemocracy
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Gold is falling

You gotta wonder why people still have any faith in these shinyrocks

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:11 | Link to Comment The Heart
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A couple of pages came across the deck today.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/12/flying-hacker-contraption-hunts-...

Those crafty kids are going to give them babylonians a real run for their money just for fun. Lol...

FYI: http://arstechnica.com/security/2010/10/it-is-possible-to-kill-the-everc...

And of course, nothing will matter if this is real.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jk9RhTJX1k

Hummmm....got a shovel?

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 02:38 | Link to Comment carlin401
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The NSA is NO longer in the SPY game, much of what GW writes about in COINELPRO disinformation.

The fact is now with BITCOIN all saving's, spending, and et-al forever and for everyone will be public information.

 

Largely the business of the NSA will now be largely simply running the NODE server for the branches of BTC 2.0.

There can be NO secret when all is public, nobody recognizes spying when the source is public information.

The NSA is no longer in the SPY business, they are now the FED, e.g. they now 'make money', new ball game.

Syria is only about  yesterday's "Petro-Dollar War", and that is irrelevant now that Arab nations will foolishly take BTC's for their oil.

Nobody gives a fuck about Fukashima, except the fishermen in live in the area, and the local jap's that want money from the gubmint, but in time all will get paid off in YEN, and be happy as a clam.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:21 | Link to Comment The Burning Planet
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This could have been one of those ZH articles Tyler posts "without comment" and it would speak for itself.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment Kina
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Congress are the hand puppets of the NSA.  The NSA has gathered so much embarassing shit on them that few will be willing to vote against them.

 

The whole purpose of the NSA was to gather to data to blackmail who needed to be blackmailed, to get the 'right' decisions made by Congress, judges and Presidents.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:51 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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The infamous double speak approach to place blame and fabricated security fears.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:25 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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For the first time in my life, my country makes me want to barf.

Farewell, America.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:20 | Link to Comment Savyindallas
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I've been barfing for at least 10 years. What took you so long?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 21:03 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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Damn it, that's it.  From here on out whenever I watch an old Western I'm rootin' for the Indians.

 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 21:41 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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And if the European interests that "settled" this Country and gave it a Constitution that emphasized "All Men Being Created Equal" had cherished and respected the earth around them the way the indigenous population did, we wouldn't have that second article appended to this Washington Blog article on Fukushima!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:33 | Link to Comment Derf Scratch
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Amazing how "conservatives" like McCain, Rogers and lisping Lindsey can stand arm and arm with "liberal" arch enemies like Feinstein, Schumer and Engel when AIPAC puts the pedal to the metal...

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:48 | Link to Comment Not_Sure
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It's because there is no difference, really.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:55 | Link to Comment casfoto
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Gee, I am just wondering who is blackmailing who and who controls foreign policy.

I suspect we all know who that is....???? This country is up for the highest bidder. Feinstein

should be thrown out on her ear along with the rest of them. She is a disgrace to the republic.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:55 | Link to Comment casfoto
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Gee, I am just wondering who is blackmailing who and who controls foreign policy.

I suspect we all know who that is....???? This country is up for the highest bidder. Feinstein

should be thrown out on her ear along with the rest of them. She is a disgrace to the republic.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 21:10 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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That serve the same Master and always has. 

Most of us unfortunately still fail to acknowledge that fact.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:44 | Link to Comment steveo77
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Some interesting stuff on a parabolic increase in shark attacks in Hawaii, at the same time as Japan disaster flotsam is noted in the island chain.

Yep, that whole destroy the food chain of the HOME PLANET's biggest ocean is always a bad move.

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/12/apex-predators-in-hawaii-ar...

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 21:46 | Link to Comment Shad_ow
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I am certainly not a scientist but the marine life problems seem exactly as one would expect from the Fukkushima leaks.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:24 | Link to Comment kchrisc
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At least in Orwell's distopian novel--prophecy--1984, the country alternates between "enemies." The criminals of the US government, "the Party," are trying to make us believe that our "enemy" is also our "ally" at the same time. LOL

"Is it time for the guillotines yet?!"

Sidenote: When Muslims, al Queda, etc. start bearing badges and hide along the side of the road so as to rob me at tazer and/or gun point, or kick in my door to seize plants or raw milk, I will consider them enemies. Until then I will keep my eyes on the pols, crats, banksters and their local "boots" that they employee as solidiers against me and mine.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:27 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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Do you realize 300 million of us have about only 700 enemies, all in one place?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:23 | Link to Comment essence
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Regarding:

"Do you realize 300 million of us have about only 700 enemies, all in one place?"

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Do you realize 7 billion of us (minus population of Israel) have about only 700 enemies, all in one place?

 

There, I fixed it for you.

 

 


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:54 | Link to Comment Wahooo
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Maybe so, but I'm waiting for Bill O'Reilly to give me the go-ahead to protest.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:30 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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It was time for "guillotines" after this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdqIzc4TZAY

Just think where this Country would be right now if we listened and more importantly acted to all the panel members that spoke out more than 8 years ago?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:20 | Link to Comment RMolineaux
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This article is perfectly factual, and should make sense to any interested American.  Yet these facts seem not to have penetrated the thick skulls of Feinstein and Rogers.  Are both of them so committed to concealing their past mistakes that they would put the entire nation and its constitution at risk?   They badly need to be removed from office.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:48 | Link to Comment Chuck Walla
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Are both of them so committed to concealing their past mistakes that they would put the entire nation and its constitution at risk? They badly need to be removed from office.

We must assume there is money to be made by them or they would not bother. Their eye is always on the bottom line. Power and money. What else is there for them to want?

FORWARD SOVIET! FORWARD MY CHECKS!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:16 | Link to Comment the grateful un...
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you mean the thick wallets. i wrote Boxer a letter once and said i will pledge $100 if you will vote to impeach George Bush, and I know at least 1000 people who will do the same. well not much money really, no reply

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:33 | Link to Comment kchrisc
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When one finds a pol or crat's head in a basket then you know they made a mistake. All other claims of such are false.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:27 | Link to Comment essence
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NSA and CIA are threats to the WORLD.

It's obvious they've long since been hijacked by Money Power.

The only safe way to deal with them now is to "nuke them from orbit"
Yes, completely scatter BOTH those organizations in a 1000 pieces... to the wind.

It's the only way to be sure those cockroaches don't survive.

 

 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:17 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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NSA and CIA weren't hijacked by money power, they were constructed by money power for money power, the cover story was that they were spy agencies.

When they got the power to classify their actions and black budgets no longer visible to public inquiry, the game was over.

It's a gang pretending to be your friend while they jack your lunch money, except a billion times worse.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:53 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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somebody flush the toilet. this country is finito.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:38 | Link to Comment are we there yet
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True story. A week ago I was attending a lecture in Moscow University that included various lectures on neurobiology (brain stuff). One of the lectures was about a government offical who had advanced hydroencyphelitus (sort of water on the brain) where structurally over one half of his brain was absent from the inside out and he was still walking around, but he had an IQ of near 80 to 85.  That proved t me government officals do not need a real brain, just an irrational policy manual to follow.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:29 | Link to Comment Joke Heros
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I think we'd be lucky if any of our politicians had IQ's that high, water soaked brain or not.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:47 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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And Rogers and Feinstein sitting with their CNN mugs not really covering up the lies anymore on who the "real terrorists" are....

Probably taped this one right next to the Food Court at Langley.

Just like the CBs, the CEO at CNN must be getting nervous with the plummet in it's ratings.  But how could this be?

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/media/2013/12/8536789/zucker-plans-massive-change-cnn

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:12 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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Once one sees through it, it really is like a Theatre Du Gran Guignol:  A theater of the grotesque.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:19 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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So many naked dwarves to distract us.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:12 | Link to Comment Cannon Fodder
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And yet if a US citizen were to try to go to Syria and fight along side of the "rebels"/"terrorist", which we are funding, they would be arrested on felony charges of supporting terrorist... Can someone explain that logic to me????

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:00 | Link to Comment Wahooo
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Funding terrorists is the government's job. Right there in Article 15 of the Constitution.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:35 | Link to Comment ExpendableOne
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Dude...  Logic?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 18:24 | Link to Comment YHC-FTSE
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"How many fingers am I holding up, Winston? "

The truth is whatever they say it is, and there is no logic or reason in their whims. Pointing out the absurdity of their narratives is becoming a daily habit for most people on the planet these days.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:49 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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that scene and sentence really do sum it up. Great post.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 22:29 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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Exactly!!!

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