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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:51 PM

A little more on Broadwell...“Organizations have several tactical reasons to use women,”

“Organizations have several tactical reasons to use women,” Paula Broadwell, deputy director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at The Fletcher School, wrote in the Globe. “Because women are stereotyped as nonviolent, they might elicit less attention and thus execute a stealthier attack; there are also inherent sensitivities in searching or questioning a woman, especially in many conservative Muslim societies.”

In several terrorist groups, Broadwell noted, women already play integral roles. “Female suicide terrorism is not new,” she wrote, adding that Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Sri Lankan Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Chechen Black Widows all have female members—many of whom have attempted or succeeded in carrying out suicide bombings.


“We should incorporate more women in our intelligence fields who might more stealthily get behind enemy lines to gather information,” she wrote in the Globe.

http://enews.tufts.edu/stories/10/2006/12/14/WomenAndTerrorism

The White House Announces National Finalists for the 2008-2009 Class of White House Fellows

White House News
National Finalists for the 2008-2009 White House Fellowships
White House Fellows
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2008 - The White House today announced that thirty two outstanding men and women from across the country have been selected as National Finalists for the White House Fellows Program - the nation's most prestigious program for leadership and public service. The National Finalists represent a diverse cross-section of professions, including business, medicine, law, non-profit sector, media, state government, finance, and education. Additionally, four branches of the military are represented among the National Finalists. A complete list of the National Finalists appears below.

The White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This non-partisan program offers exceptional men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors. Following the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to repay the privilege by contributing to the country as national leaders and public servants.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields including Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback, U.S. Representative Joe Barton, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Court TV Anchor Jami Floyd, NYSE Euronext Deputy Chairman Marshall Carter, Travelocity CEO Michelle Peluso, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Deanell Reece Tacha.

Additional information about the Program is located at www.whitehouse.gov/fellows .

2008-2009 White House Fellows National Finalists and Hometowns

....

Paula D. Broadwell, Associate Director, Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University; Bismarck, ND

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/04/20080429.html

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:05 PM

1. Her LinkedIn information (for those who do not use LinkedIn):

Paula Broadwell
Author
Charlotte, North Carolina Area Public Policy
Current
Equipe Broadwell, LLC, Carolinas Freedom Foundation, Warlord Loop
Previous
Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
Education
PhD, War Studies at King's College London, U. of London
500+
connections Connect Send InMailMore options
www.linkedin.com/pub/paula-broadwell/3/697/12b
Contact Info
Summary

Education
US Military Academy (1991-1995)
University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies (MA International Security, MA International Negotiations) (2003-2005)
University of Jordan, Amman Jordan (2005)
Harvard University (MPA) Kennedy School of Government (MPA) (2008)
Kings College War Studies Department (PhD), University of London (Present)

Work
US Army Major (Active & Reserves) (1995-Present)
Travel experience in 60 countries Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Work experience with FBI, CIA, DoD (SOCOM, NATO, IC)
Research interests (Military Leadership, Counter Terrorism, Counter Terror Financing, Foreign Policy, Security Cooperation (ME), Strategic Management of National Security Organizations, Corporate Risk Managment, Political Risk Analysis/Business Intelligence, Social Network Modeling)

Interests
Running, Skiing, cycling, triathlon, surfing, kayaking weight lifting, kickboxing
Traveling, camping
Language study
Wine tasting, cooking
Small arms marksmanship
Foreign affairs, reading
Mentoring youth
Public Service

Specialties
Counter Terrorism
Counter Terror Financing
Leadership
Strategic Management of National Security Organizations
Corporate Risk Managment
Political Risk Analysis/Business Intelligence
Social Network Modeling

Experience

Archivist/Biographer for General (Retired) David Petraeus
Equipe Broadwell, LLC
August 2011 – Present (1 year 4 months)

Archivist/Biographer for General (Retired) David H. Petraeus
Advisory Board Member
Carolinas Freedom Foundation
September 2009 – Present (3 years 3 months)

Please support Vets whenever and however you can.
Wardlord Loop Member
Warlord Loop
2009 – Present (3 years)

Governing Board Member
APSA ISAC/ISSS, old SOMS
2009 – Present (3 years)

Executive Board Member
Women in International Security
2008 – Present (4 years)

Research Associate, Center for Public Leadership
Harvard University
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
September 2008 – Present (4 years 3 months)

Pre-Doctoral Research Associate
Military Advisor
ServiceNation.org
May 2008 – Present (4 years 7 months)

Research Associate
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Public Policy industry
2008 – Present (4 years)

KRISS Vector .45 cal Demonstrator/Model
KRISS Firearms USA
May 2007 – Present (5 years 7 months) Virginia Beach, NC

Major (Lieutenant Colonel Select) Army Reserves
US Army
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Military industry
1991 – Present (21 years)

Assistant Professor of International Relations/International Security at the United States Military Academy
Deputy Director
Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies
2006 – 2008 (2 years)

Task Force Liaison Officer
FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
2003 – 2006 (3 years)

Education

King's College London, U. of London
PhD, War Studies
2008 – 2012

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
MPA, Public Policy
2005 – 2008

Harvard University
MPA, International Security
2005 – 2007

Activities and Societies: Harvard Ombuds Officer
Chair, International Security Program Professional Interest Club
PhD Representative, KSG Student Government
Research Assistant, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
University of Denver
MA, International Security and Conflict Resolution
2003 – 2005

Activities and Societies: Organization of Security Students (OSS), President
Women in International Security (WIIS), Chapter co-founder
United States Military Academy at West Point
B.S.
1991 – 1995

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:09 PM

2. Maybe...

she was a super-secret double-naught spy!

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:14 PM

3. This NOT very smart person got a shitload of advantage--it's very curious.

This is someone who needed a "co-writer" -- in essence, a ghostwriter, in order to complete her grand adoring opus about Petraeus. Seems pretty odd that someone with a PhD and attendance at universities from Jordan to London, UK to Tufts and Harvard can't write to save her life. Very odd.

It doesn't look like she's actually done any real WORK in the military--she's spent most of her career exercising and farting around academia and governmental organizations (and not producing much work product from those associations, either):

Paula Broadwell
Author
Charlotte, North Carolina Area Public Policy
Current
Equipe Broadwell, LLC, Carolinas Freedom Foundation, Warlord Loop (WTF is THAT?)
Previous
Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
Education
PhD, War Studies at King's College London, U. of London
500+
connections
Send InMailMore options
www.linkedin.com/pub/paula-broadwell/3/697/12b
Contact Info
Summary

Education
US Military Academy (1991-1995)
University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies (MA International Security, MA International Negotiations) (2003-2005)
University of Jordan, Amman Jordan (2005)
Harvard University (MPA) Kennedy School of Government (MPA) (2008)
Kings College War Studies Department (PhD), University of London (Present)

Work
US Army Major (Active & Reserves) (1995-Present)
Travel experience in 60 countries Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Work experience with FBI, CIA, DoD (SOCOM, NATO, IC)
Research interests (Military Leadership, Counter Terrorism, Counter Terror Financing, Foreign Policy, Security Cooperation (ME), Strategic Management of National Security Organizations, Corporate Risk Managment, Political Risk Analysis/Business Intelligence, Social Network Modeling)

Interests
Running, Skiing, cycling, triathlon, surfing, kayaking weight lifting, kickboxing
Traveling, camping
Language study
Wine tasting, cooking
Small arms marksmanship
Foreign affairs,
reading
Mentoring youth
Public Service

Specialties
Counter Terrorism
Counter Terror Financing
Leadership
Strategic Management of National Security Organizations
Corporate Risk Managment
Political Risk Analysis/Business Intelligence
Social Network Modeling

Experience

Archivist/Biographer for General (Retired) David Petraeus
Equipe Broadwell, LLC
August 2011 – Present (1 year 4 months)
Archivist/Biographer for General (Retired) David H. Petraeus
Advisory Board Member
Carolinas Freedom Foundation
September 2009 – Present (3 years 3 months)
Please support Vets whenever and however you can.
Wardlord Loop Member
Warlord Loop
2009 – Present (3 years)
Governing Board Member
APSA ISAC/ISSS, old SOMS
2009 – Present (3 years)
Executive Board Member
Women in International Security
2008 – Present (4 years)
Research Associate, Center for Public Leadership
Harvard University
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
September 2008 – Present (4 years 3 months)
Pre-Doctoral Research Associate
Military Advisor
ServiceNation.org
May 2008 – Present (4 years 7 months)
Research Associate
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Public Policy industry
2008 – Present (4 years)
KRISS Vector .45 cal Demonstrator/Model
KRISS Firearms USA
May 2007 – Present (5 years 7 months) Virginia Beach, NC
Major (Lieutenant Colonel Select) Army Reserves
US Army
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Military industry
1991 – Present (21 years)
Assistant Professor of International Relations/International Security at the United States Military Academy
Deputy Director
Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies
2006 – 2008 (2 years)
Task Force Liaison Officer
FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
2003 – 2006 (3 years)
Education

King's College London, U. of London
PhD, War Studies
2008 – 2012
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
MPA, Public Policy
2005 – 2008
Harvard University
MPA, International Security
2005 – 2007
Activities and Societies: Harvard Ombuds Officer
Chair, International Security Program Professional Interest Club
PhD Representative, KSG Student Government
Research Assistant, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
University of Denver
MA, International Security and Conflict Resolution
2003 – 2005
Activities and Societies: Organization of Security Students (OSS), President
Women in International Security (WIIS), Chapter co-founder
United States Military Academy at West Point
B.S.
1991 – 1995
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Twitter:
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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:35 PM

6. Why do you assume she can't write?

The Petraeus project started as her dissertation and grew into enough material for a book. It seems logical that the publisher would want to add another author since it was going to be a book about a prominent government person.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:40 PM

7. Because her co-author--the ghostwriter--a guy named Loeb who works for the WAPO--said so.

He said she sent him a bunch of free flowing emails that were observations, scrawled notes, but didn't put a frigging paragraph or chapter together. He did the heavy lifting in that regard.

It "doesn't seem logical" to me at all that a publisher would want to "add another author"--why would they, if the author of the opus could write? Publishers provide EDITORS--not "co-authors" who are in actual fact ghost writers. When you see a second author on a book, there are composition issues more often than not.

The Loeb guy didn't know Petraeus; he did his job from his basement in the suburbs.

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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:57 PM

8. This is what he said about working with her:

"Soon, she had an agent and a contract from Penguin Press. To help organize and write the book, she teamed with The Washington Post's Vernon Loeb. Broadwell proved to be an "absolutely intrepid" reporter, Loeb says, dictating from airports, filling up his email inbox and delivering "this fire hose of information."

Loeb suspects the media's interest in their book stems at least a bit from Broadwell herself. It's audacious, he says, "that she even attempted this. Here she has two young kids, a husband who's a doctor, and yet ... she's writing a book of this magnitude and hardly breaking a sweat."

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/24/2953553/petraeus-bio-takes-a-close-look.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

Do you have a link to what you are talking about? I haven't seen that info.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:12 PM

10. He said he "recast" her original material--that's a polite way of saying putting a load of

scattershot crap into a readable and orderly fashion.

But Loeb says he mainly recast Broadwell's original material, and only met Petraeus once during the course of his work on the book. As he wrote in the Post: "My role was far less dramatic: I sat in my basement in Maryland and wrote what was virtually a real-time narrative fashioned from the torrent of e-mails, documents and interview transcripts Broadwell sent my way. ...

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-11-13/features/bal-david-petraeus-ghostwriter-blindsided-by-broadwell-affair-20121113_1_broadwell-petraeus-paula-broadwell-david-petraeus

She gathered the crap, fed it to him, and he dutifully wrote it up. Then she went back and put the fawning superlatives in.

Of course, Loeb was a perfect choice for this job...he's the same guy that wrote up the initial "Jessica Lynch, Brave, Gun-Toting, Knife-in-her-Teeth, Rambolina of Iraq" reports. Without questioning. Without exerting any personal effort to get at the truth.

A perfect choice.

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Response to MADem (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:26 PM

12. If you had read the article linked in the link you gave me

you would have seen that Loeb DID know Petraeus, and in no way implies that the substance of the book was his work and not Broadwells. He says he basically compiled the narrative from her work.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:27 PM

13. He did not "know" him--he met him ONCE. That was in the quote I provided.

That article further expresses the following:

--He has responsibility for the contents of the book, even though he let Paula take the lead on it.

--He was clueless/dumbfounded about the relationship.

--He should have done a better job.

He didn't behave as a "co-author" in the slightest in the crafting of that book. From the previously cited source:

With his limited contact, Loeb may not have been in a position to judge the personal dynamics of the Broadwell-Petraeus relationship. But as co-author, he shares some responsibility for the final product. It's a shame he operated without complete access to Petraeus. Loeb's journalistic instincts might have uncovered a hint of the relationship with Broadwell -- and changed the glowing tone of the book.


There's a video interview with the guy floating around the web. See the last link below.

And here's more--the guy admits he is "The Most Clueless Man in America." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232113/Vernon-Loeb-Reporter-wrote-Paula-Broadwells-book-Petraeus-said-idea-affair.html

I spent three long miserable days with the Cheneys a couple of decades back--way longer than Loeb's brief, teeny-weeny "Petraeus experience." I can't say, and would not presume to infer, from that limited exposure (much more than Loeb got from Petraeus), that I "know" them. I have a few anecdotes, but most of what I "know" about those two I've read in the paper.

More: http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/229525/187/Broadwells-Collaborator-Says-He-Never-Suspected-Affair

Note the video says "...she did all the reporting, HE crafted the narrative..." and "...Broadwell had never written a book and had no journalistic experience..."

Very odd.

Loeb was nothing more than a glorified ghostwriter with his name on the cover, and no final say regarding the book's content. He was clueless, dumbfounded, and "never suspected." He didn't do his due diligence. He wasn't at all curious. That very lack of curiosity, to me, is curious. Then again, this is the guy who so easily turned a kid driving a truck of supplies into "Rambolina" for propaganda purposes.

I keep thinking about the "videographer" on John Edwards' campaign. Lisa Druck/Rielle Hunter...whatever the hell she called herself....no qualifications, no experience, unusual access, sketchy history.

Very strange.

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Response to MADem (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:07 PM

14. He was embedded with the 101st - had access to HQ, and even ran with Petraeus. I would be very

surprised to hear they only met once.


"As Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, I had briefly embedded with the 101st Airborne Division under Petraeus’s command in northern Iraq in the fall of 2003, and found the general — and what he’d accomplished — impressive and inspiring. Mosul, and much of his sector in the north, were largely pacified, and Petraeus granted me unfettered access to his command headquarters and his battalion commanders. We even went running together around one of Saddam’s demi-palaces in Mosul, where his command was bivouacked."


You seem to have some agenda that you want to push with these statements that I find to be inaccurate.
Have at it. Unless you have a link saying Loeb only met Petraeus one time, I'm done.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:35 PM

16. I don't mean to be rude, but you should have a look at the words that came out of his mouth.

He couldn't believe he had that kind of access (with regard to ONE run after the book was underway). He uses words like "superficial" when talking about the way the General dealt with reporters.

Why would he be so overwhelmed if he KNEW the guy? The guy would be a source--not an object of reverence or giddy worship.

He did not "know" the guy. He was a frigging groupie, from his own account--who ran "with" Petraeus and a fucking entourage of CIA agents, JOs, and assorted hangers-on:

The only contact I had with Petraeus during my work on the book came in 2011 during one of his trips back to Washington while he was still in command of the war. He invited me to go running with him along the Potomac in a gesture that was vintage Petraeus.

No one cultivated e-mail relationships with journalists better than he did; no one could be more personable on a kind of superficial level that nonetheless made people feel good about their interaction with him.

So one morning, at the appointed hour, I showed up at Fort Myer and was met by an aide. He took me to the general’s stately home on the base. Two or three black sport-utility vehicles waited out front, along with a dozen or so aides, junior officers, NCOs, even a security guard from the CIA, since Petraeus had already been nominated to take over the agency.

We drove six miles out along the Potomac, were dropped off, and ran back along the dirt tow path. The commander of the war in Afghanistan and I ran side by side, talking about great world events. I could scarcely believe I suddenly had this kind of access.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/petraeus-ghostwriter-clueless-to-affair/2012/11/12/c1271634-2ce4-11e2-89d4-040c9330702a_story_2.html


I would love to know why you are pushing an agenda that suggests he DID "know" the guy. He didn't--otherwise he wouldn't be so rapturous about a single run along the Potomac with an entourage, or so worshipful or blindsided.

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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:08 PM

9. Books are time-consuming and difficult

I'm not defending anyone here, but the reality is that even highly educated people can have real trouble writing a book. I'm the acquisitions editor for an ed-tech publishing house and I can assure you that a PhD in no way is qualification for book writing. Even people with advanced English and literature degrees can be pretty bad long-form writers.

Second, if it isn't your first priority, putting out a book just isn't worth the effort for most people. Despite what many think, non-fiction books rarely pay that well. Additionally, many (most) publishers do provide ghost writers for authors. Of course, the author must have a very good story to tell or the publisher won't commit to the expense, but even in my relatively small niche I will provide a ghost-writer/developmental editor to about 5% of my projects. For publishers dealing with high-profile topics, I'm sure the percentage is much higher.

Finally, it isn't at all standard to put the ghost-writer's name on the cover. Some publishers always do, some never, others are situational.

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Response to Spike89 (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:21 PM

11. Look, I've written a thesis or two. Of course they aren't easy, but if you've done as much

academic writing as this woman's resume would suggest she has done, she should have been able to put a few sentences together, and that, apparently, was not the case.

Why didn't the publisher just give her an EDITOR, if her writing was a bit pedantic or stultifying?

You give a co-writer (bullshit***ghostwriter****bullshit) to someone who dropped out of the fourth grade; who speaks English as a second language, who isn't familiar with the whole process of preparing written material, or who is just not capable of preparing such an opus. Someone who simply writes a bit ponderously, or poorly, gets an editor, or, at worst case, a "with"--as in The Dog Peed on My Homework, by Johnny Indeclassroom, "with" Fred Kaddiddlehopper.

Here's why I think she had a ghostwriter--she either cannot write for shit, or she knew that actually doing any WORK on this book would take her away from time spent with 'the principle' (as one calls the senior fart who is the focus of one's attention in that rarified environment).

This whole thing just stinks. "All IN" indeed.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:15 PM

4. Paula D. Broadwell, National Finalist for the 2008-2009 Class of BUSH White House Fellows !!

She did not get selected with the 14 chosen. Nonetheless, this places her as Bush connected in 2008.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:27 PM

5. Who wants a bit of a laugh? Note the date of this piece....

She already knew that the shit had hit the fan--but no one else did--when this was published. The FBI had her computer at this point in time.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/11/04/general-david-petraeus-s-rules-for-living.html

General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living
Nov 5, 2012 1:00 AM EST
Lessons on leadership from General David Petraeus.
AUTHOR
Paula Broadwell



...
4. There is an exception to every rule, standard operating procedure, and poli­cy; it is up to leaders to determine when exceptions should be made and to ex­plain why they made them.

5. We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear­ view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.....


8. Don’t rely on rank. If you rely on rank, rather than on the persuasiveness of your logic, the problem could be you and either your thinking or your com­munication skills. Likewise, sometimes the best ideas come from bottom-up information sharing (i.e., “Need to share” not “Need to know”). Use “direct­ed telescopes” to improve situational awareness.


He forgot "Don't screw around with hyperjealous paramours," and "Think about your wife of 38 years before you do something bone-headed dumb!" along with the VERY well known "Do as I say, not as I DO!"

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:10 PM

15. how innovative. i should do my thesis on using 12yo kids in combat.

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