By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Some years ago, VT removed a couple of writers, one in particular when we learned he has been sent by a rogue faction in the FBI to infiltrate VT and help them build criminal cases against its editors.
If you haven’t seen what has happened to the Rense organization, first an attempt to murder Jeff, then his airwaves loaded with FBI informants, you miss the pattern.
However, VT had pulled many close to them in order to do what we do best.
By getting close to those chosen to target VT, we crawled inside a very real satanic pedophile ring used by Epstein, Maxwell, Trump and the extremist Church of Set within the Pentagon.
VT was seen as a threat to their attempt to hijack America’s nuclear command and destroy Israel’s enemies while bringing on Armageddon.
VT stopped it and, under Obama, Secretary Hagel and CJCOS Dempsey cleaned up the mess. This is the only reason any of you are alive today.
It has all begun again under Trump, no, it isn’t about ‘Greater Israel,’ its Armageddon and the rapture. Satanists don’t want Israel ruling the world. They use Israel’s corruption under Netanyahu to advance their plans to bring down humanity, a deal they cut, real or imagined with what they think are off-world powers that religion “mistakenly” listed as “evil.” If only we were making this up.
Test run this last paragraph against history and what you know or feel. Tell me if I am lying.
Chosen to be targeted by this group were Preston James and Jim Fetzer, seen as vulnerable. Both were to be set up.
Here is the backstory on this;
Some years ago, we came head to head with this FBI group during a legal case in Cleveland, tying them to a major banking operation run by the Rothschild Foundation and a law firm that advised an FBI special program to investigate terrorism, one run by a Mossad front.
In reality, they penetrated the FBI and accessed their files.
Here at VT, tied to that same group, banks out of Cleveland and Denver, Colorado, we found ourselves not only in the center of a plot to place a Kosher Nostra stooge in the presidency but to start an American civil war as well.
All of this is a reality with Trump and the civil war we warned about is ongoing with $1 billion in GOP contributions “missing,” paid to 3%’ers, Boogaloo boys, fake ‘Antifa’ and an army of pro-Israeli organizations fomenting violence, including a large splinter group from the National Rifle Association, now controlled by Israeli goons in Moscow.
Many years ago, Ted Gunderson stumbled over all of it, and what ties it all together? Simple, just take Qanon and turn it upside down.
The Trump organization is a pedophile cult of satan worshipers. Is this true? Is the real truth worse, much worse?
Some people call themselves whistleblowers. When we look into them, who they are, where they were, and what they really knew, some are total frauds, most are fabricators and the majority are “stooges” or “informants.”
Assange and Snowden are top of the list along with the media organizations that support them.
Ted Gunderson was a senior FBI official who, during his career, investigated a number of famous cases. In the process, one of two things happened:
- Gunderson stumbled on a secret satanic child-murdering cult and included two American presidents, Reagan and Bush (41) or
- No such things exist and he is utterly irrational.
I have never met Ted Gunderson. I have been told repeatedly, Stew Webb in particular, that Gunderson, who died in 2011, was a total fraud, every word out of his mouth a lie. Then I began checking.
Gunderson checks out entirely. Others do not check out at all. Very real sources, close to the Reagan and Bush families, support Gunderson’s claims. The video above has been around for some time. I had been made aware of what was called the Franklin Scandal long ago when approached by a GOP state chairman on behalf of the president.
I have no evidence of any wrongdoing on behalf of the then-seated president. I am aware he was being blackmailed based on what was said to be photographic evidence of some kind. I was told it was related to “rent boys” and senior GOP officials who had put the president in a compromising position. This is what I was told. I didn’t believe what I was told. What did I believe? Does that matter?
A few weeks ago (2015) a witness contacted me about President Reagan, someone close to the highest levels of government. I was told Reagan was a “degenerate pedophile.” I believe the person who told me for a variety of reasons, access, credibility, and this is someone who was otherwise favorably disposed to the Reagan presidency. This was also someone that knew President Reagan personally.
Reagan had never been on my radar. The issue, as explained by Gunderson, is that there are secret societies, satanic in nature, he uses the terms “Illuminati” and “One World Government” that run the United States, murder at will, rig elections, start wars, and coordinate terror attacks.
Our sources tie what was going on in the White House to an organization begun
Control of the Supreme Court is key to their mechanisms. Think Scalia, Kavanagh and others:
The Keshe Foundation asked VT to contact authorities in both Italy and Washington for them related to Sterling David Allen who was tied to Scalia as webmaster for a pedophile rings out of Utah with links to the royal families of Belgium and Netherlands.
This investigation, we believe, led to Scalia’s murder:
When we go back to discussing the GOP child murder ring that was discovered in Nebraska and written about by former Green Beret, John DeCamp, so many things come together. These stories are decades old, they are reiterated in the stories about General Paul Vallely’s command at the Presidio and less public stories about the Air Force nuclear commands, Minot Air Force Base in particular, and a sickness that begins at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and has infected that institution.
General Michael Aquino, then head of the Temple of Set (Satan) within the military says the whole thing is a scam. His denials are in this book, referenced out of fairness. Some of his backgrounds is here. We find him, however, a charming individual.
What is seen in every case are deep parallels between evangelical Christianity, neo-conservatism, the Israel lobby, and certain affiliations that begin before the First World War. What is seen is nihilism, something expressed in the post-war works of Herman Hesse, books like Demian and Steppenwolf, a mix of Hegelianism and social engineering ending in a strange marriage between those who purport to seek a better world through selective breeding and social control and yet turn out to be the exact same people who would burn it all down.
Last week, a former German defense official made public details on Germany’s covert program that financed Israel’s nuclear weapons development. In ways, the story reminded me of Al Capone, the famous gangster of Chicago’s “Roaring Twenties.” Capone was never convicted of racketeering, murder or bootlegging. They got him for income tax evasion.
The German story, the financing of Israel’s nuclear program led to a similar set of revelations. It exposed, inside Germany, a Nazi “stay behind” network that not only survived World War II but dominated first the US than Britain, and, eventually, the European Union itself.
We had always known that Britain was filled with Nazi collaborators and that sympathies for Hitler’s cause ran high in Britain among the nobility. What we didn’t know and have so much difficulty understanding is why Hitler had so much support among the financial groups as well, the Rothschilds and other Jewish families, the ones we had always been told had pushed for open economic war against Germany in 1933 when Hitler had taken control.
We could bring into question issues of who Hitler was or the real nature of the holocaust but as we collect more information, it is almost entirely contradictory. When proven facts are contradictory we are faced with another question, could reality be so far from what we imagine that our paradigm is useless? It would seem this is the case.
If Gunderson is right, that satanic cults that cross borders, care nothing of ethnicity or “veneer” religions, which evangelical Christianity and most Judaism as well can and should be aptly described as, then the “prime mover” is a belief in the supernatural.
It isn’t hard to see that we are governed or “ruled” as it were by self-appointed “supermen.” A corrupt political system of a society in steep decline has empowered the weakest least survivable who find solace in depravity, perversion, eroticism, and betrayal.
Does anyone disagree?
For the past couple of years, Britain has been trying to put the lid on a sex scandal that touches the breadth of the elites of that nation, police forces, and spy agencies we now suspect have long been working for a Nazi secret society, a government of pedophiles, name after name leading to name after name with no one left out anymore.
Considerable effort was made to “get to” Ted Gunderson, to discredit him and silence him. John DeCamp who was an aid to former CIA Director William Colby while in Vietnam, is similarly subjected to continual attack.
DeCamp is alive but silent, though very much “on the record.” Their stories lead to the Bush family and beyond, from the presidency to the banking centers of the world, to the royal families of Europe and throughout the American military. When we turn on our televisions the people we see the men, often bible in hand, spend much more time crouching before naked little boys.
The evidence is there, volumes, pervasive, proven, and ignored. Take a look at congress. Would you allow any of these people to take your children for an ice cream cone?
I think not. Instead of going after them, we have, for decades now, been fed an endless stream of pedophile priests. When comparing the two, looking at the facts, and the real evidence, the priests simply molest the children, they don’t kill them, or not so many anyway. Was Adam Walsh a victim?
Where do these people come from? Where do we get the people who love and support them? Isn’t it about time we learned to consistently refer to our leaders and “heroes,” yes I am referring to the perfumed princes of the Pentagon, as Colonel David Hackworth used to refer to them, in a more reality-oriented context.
Hey, I’m voting for Senator XXX, you know the one, the guy who hangs out with Al Qaeda, you know, the one of has sex with kids then has his staffers throw their bodies out in the desert?
We’re really not referring to any one person. We are referring to hundreds.
Satanic Subversion of the U.S. Military by Jeffrey Steinberg Executive Intelligence Review On February 5, 1999, in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska, an extraordinary hearing occurred in Paul A. Bonacci v. Lawrence E. King, a civil action in which the plaintiff charged that he had been ritualistically abused by the defendant, as part of a nationwide pedophile ring liked to powerful political figures in Washington and to elements of the U.S. military and intelligence establishment. Three weeks later, on February 27, Judge Warren K. Urbom ordered King, who is currently in Federal prison, to pay $1 million in damages to Bonacci, in what Bonacci's attorney John DeCamp said was a clear signal that " the evidence presented was credible." During the February 5 hearing, Noreen Gosch stunned the court with sworn testimony linking U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (ret.) to the nationwide pedophile ring. Her son, Johnny, then 12 years old, was kidnapped off the streets of West Des Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982, while he was doing his early-morning newspaper deliveries. Since his kidnapping, she has devoted all of her time and resources to finding her son, and to exposing the dangers that millions of children in American face from this hideous, literally Satanic underground of ritualistic deviants. "We have investigated, we have talked to so far 35 victims of this said organization that took my son and is responsible for what happened to Paul, and they can verify everything that has happened," she told the court. "What this story involves is an elaborate function, I will say, that was an offshoot of a government program. The MK-Ultra program was developed in the 1950s by the CIA. It was used to help spy on other countries during the Cold War because they felt that the other countries were spying on us. "It was very successful. They could do it very well."  Then, the Aquino bombshell: "Well, then there was a man by the name of Michael Aquino. He was in the military. He had top Pentagon clearances. He was a pedophile. He was a Satanist. He's founded the Temple of Set. And he was a close friend of Anton LaVey. The two of them were very active in ritualistic sexual abuse. And they deferred funding from this government program to use [in] this experimentation on children. "Where they deliberately split off the personalities of these children into multiples, so that when they're questioned or put under oath or questioned under lie detector, that unless the operator knows how to question a multiple-personality disorder, they turn up with no evidence."  She continued: "They used these kids to sexually compromise politicians or anyone else they wish to have control of. This sounds so far out and so bizarre I had trouble accepting it in the beginning myself until I was presented with the data. We have the proof. In black and white." Under questioning from DeCamp, Gosch reported: "I know that Michael Aquino has been in Iowa. I know that Michael Aquino has been to Offutt Air Force Base [a Strategic Air Command base, near Omaha, which was linked to King's activities]. I know that he has had contact with many of these children." Paul Bonacci, who was simultaneously a victim and a member of the nationwide pedophile crime syndicate, has subsequently identified Aquino as the man who ordered the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch. In his February 5 testimony, Bonacci referred to the mastermind of the Gosch abduction as "the Colonel."  A second witness who testified at the February 5 hearing, Rusty Nelson, was King's personal photographer. He later described to EIR another incident which linked King to Aquino, while the Army special forces officer was still on active reserve duty. Some time in the late 1980s, Nelson was with King at a posh hotel in downtown Minneapolis, when he personally saw King turn over a suitcase full of cash and bearer-bonds to "the Colonel," who he later positively identified as Aquino. According to Nelson, King told him that the suitcase of cash and bonds was earmarked for the Nicaraguan Contras, and that "the Colo nel" was part of the covert Contra support apparatus, otherwise associated with Lt. Col. Oliver North, Vice President George Bush, and the "secret parallel government" that they ran from the White House. Just who is Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (ret.), and what does the evidence revealed in a Nebraska court hearing say about the current state of affairs inside the U.S. military? Is the Aquino case some kind of weird aberration that slipped off the Pentagon radar screen? Not in the least. Aquino, Satan and the U.S. military Throughout much of the 1980s, Aquino was at the center of a controversy involving the Pentagon's acquiescence to outright Satanic practices inside the military services. Aquino was also a prime suspect in a series of pedophile scandals involving the sexual abuse of hundreds of children, including the children of military personnel serving at the Presidio U.S. Army station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Furthermore, even as Aquino was being investigated by Army Criminal Investigation Division officers for involvement in the pedophile cases, he was retaining highest-level security clearances, and was involved in pioneering work in military psychological operations ("psy-ops"). On August 14, 1987, San Francisco police raided Aquino's Russian Hill home, which he shared with his wife Lilith. The raid was in response to allegations that the house had been the scene of a brutal rape of a four-year-old girl. The principal suspect in the rape, a Baptist minister named Gary Hambright, was indicted in September 1987 on charges that he committed "lewd and lascivious acts" with six boys and four girls, ranging in age from three to seven years, during September-October 1986. At the time of the alleged sex crimes, Hambright was employed at a child care center on the U.S. Army base at Presidio. At the time of Hambright's indictment, the San Francisco police charged that he was involved in at least 58 separate incidents of child sexual abuse. According to an article in the October 30, 1987 San Francisco Examiner, one of the victims had identified Aquino and his wife as participants in the child rape. According to the victim, the Aquinos had filmed scenes of the child being fondled by Hambright in a bathtub. The child's description of the house, which was also the headquarters of Aquino's Satanic Temple of Set, was so detailed, that police were able to obtain a search warrant. During the raid, they confiscated 38 videotapes, photo negatives, and other evidence that the home had been the hub of a pedophile ring, operating in and around U.S. military bases. Aquino and his wife were never indicted in the incident. Aquino claimed that he had been in Washington at the time, enrolled in a year-long reserve officers course at the National Defense University, although he did admit that he made frequent visits back to the Bay Area and to his church/home. The public flap over the Hambright indictment did prompt the U.S. Army to transfer Aquino from the Presidio, where he was the deputy director of reserve training, to the U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center in St. Louis. On April 19, 1988, the ten-count indictment against Hambright was dropped by U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello, on the grounds that, while there was clear evidence of child abuse (six of the children contracted the venereal disease, chlamydia), there was insufficient evidence to link Hambright (or the Aquinos) to the crimes. Parents of several of the victims charged that Russoniello's actions proved that "the Federal system has broken down in not being able to protect the rights of citizens age three to eight." Russoniello would later be implicated in efforts to cover up the links between the Nicaraguan Contras and South American cocaine-trafficking organizations, raising deeper questions about whether the decision not to prosecute Hambright and Aquino had "national security implications." Indeed, on April 22, 1989, the U.S. Army sent letters to the parents of at least 56 of the children believed to have been molested by Hambright, urging them to have their children tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), because Hambright, a former daycare center worker, was reported to be a carrier. On May 13, 1989, the San Jose Mercury reported that Aquino and his wife had been recently questioned by Army investigators about charges of child molestation by the couple in two northern California counties, Sonoma and Mendocino. A 9-year-old girl in Santa Rosa, California, and an 11-year-old boy in Fort Bragg, also in California, separately identified Aquino as the rapist in a series of 1985 incidents, after they had seen him on television. Softies on Satan When the San Francisco Chronicle contacted Army officials at the Presidio to find out if Aquino's security clearances had been lifted as the result of the pedophile investigations, the reporters were referred to the Pentagon, where Army spokesman Maj. Greg Rixon told them, "The question is whether he is trustworthy or can do the job. There is nothing that would indicate in this case that there is any problem we should be concerned about." Indeed, the Pentagon had already given its de facto blessings to Aquino's long-standing public association with the Church of Satan and his own successor "church," the Temple of Set. This, despite the fact that Aquino's Satanic activities involved overt support for neo-Nazi movements in the United States and Europe. On October 10, 1983, while traveling in West Germany on "official NATO business," Aquino had staged a Satanic "working" at the Wewelsburg Castle in Bavaria. Aquino wrote a lengthy account of the ritual, in which he invoked Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler: "As the Wewelsburg was conceived by Heinrich Himmler to be the 'Mittelpunkt der Welt' ('Middle of the World'), and as the focus of the Hall of the Dead was to be the Gate of that Center, to summon the Powers of Darkness at their most powerful locus." As early as April 1978, the U.S. Army had circulated A Handbook for Chaplains "to facilitate the provision of religious activities." Both the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set were listed among the "other" religions to be tolerated inside the U.S. military. A section of the handbook dealing with Satanism stated, "Often confused with witchcraft, Satanism is the worship of Satan (also known as Baphomet or Lucifer). Classical Satanism, often involving 'black masses,' human sacrifices, and other sacrilegious or illegal acts, is now rare. Modern Satanism is based on both the knowledge of ritual magick and the 'anti-establishment' mood of the 1960s. It is related to classical Satanism more in image than substance, and generally focuses on 'rational self-interest wit h ritualistic trappings.'  No so fast! In 1982, the Temple of Set fissured over the issue of Aquino's emphasis on Nazism. One leader, Ronald K. Barrett, shortly after his expulsion, wrote that Aquino had "taken the Temple of Set in an explicitly Satanic direction, with strong overtones of German National Socialist Nazi occultism ... One fatality has occurred within the Temple membership during the period covered May 1982-July 1983." The handbook quoted "Nine Satanic Statements" from the Church of Satan, without comment. "Statement Seven," as quoted in the handbook, read, "Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all fours, who, because of his 'divine and intellectual development' has become the most vicious animal of all." >From 'psy-ops' to 'mindwars'  Aquino's steady rise up the hierarchy of the Satanic world closely paralleled his career advances inside the U.S. military. According to an official biography circulated by the Temple of Set, "Dr. Aquino is High Priest and chief executive officer of the Temple of Set, the nation's principal Satanic church, in which he holds the degree of Ipissimus VI. He joined the original Church of Satan in 1969, becoming one of its chief officials by 1975 when the Temple of Set was founded. In his secular profession he is a Lieutenant Colonel, Military Intelligence, U.S. Army, and is qualified as a Special-Forces officer, Civil Affairs officer, and Defense Attaché. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University and the Defense Intelli gence College, and the State Departments' Foreign Service Institute." Indeed, a more detailed curriculum vitae that Aquino provided to EIR, dated March 1989, claimed that he had gotten his doctorate at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980, with his dissertation on "The Neutron Bomb." He listed 16 separate military schools that he attended during 1968-87, including advanced courses in "Psychological Operations" at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and "Strategic Intelligence" at the Defense Intelligence College, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Aquino was deeply involved in what has been called the "revolution in military affairs" ("RMA"), the introduction of the most kooky "Third Wave," "New Age" ideas into military long-range planning, which introduced such notions as "information warfare" and "cyber-warfare" into the Pentagon's lexicon. In the early 1980s, at the same time that Heidi and Alvin Toffler were spinning their Tavistock "Third Wave" utopian claptrap to some top Air Force brass, Aquino and another U.S. Army colonel, Paul Vallely, were co-authoring an article for Military Review. Although the article was never published in the journal, the piece was widely circulated among military planners, and was distributed by Aquino's Temple of Set. The article, titled "From PSYOP to Mindwar: The Psychology of Victory," endorsed some of the ideas published in a 1980 Military Review article by Lt. Col. John Alexander, an affiliate of the Stanford Research Institute, a hotbed of Tavistock Institute and Frankfurt School "New Age" s ocial engineering. Aquino and Vallely called for an explicitly Nietzschean form of warfare, which they dubbed "mindwar."  "Like the sword Excalibur," they wrote, "we have but to reach out and seize this tool; and it can transform the world for us if we have but the courage and the integrity to guide civilization with it. If we do not accept Excalibur, then we relinquish our ability to inspire foreign cultures with our morality. If they then devise moralities unsatisfactory to us, we have no choice but to fight them on a more brutish level." And what is "mindwar?" "The term is harsh and fear-inspiring," Aquino wrote. "And it should be: It is a term of attack and victory-not one of rationalization and coaxing and conciliation. The enemy may be offended by it; that is quite all right as long as he is defeated by it. A definition is offered: Mindwar is the deliberate, aggressive convincing of all participants in a war that we will win that war." For Aquino, "mindwar" is a permanent state of strategic psychological warfare against the populations of friend and foe nations alike. "In its strategic context, mindwar must reach out to friends, enemies and neutrals alike across the globe ... through the media possessed by the United States which have the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of the Earth. These media are, of course, the electronic media-television and radio. State of the art developments in satellite communication, video recording techniques, and laser and optical transmission of broadcasts make possible a penetration of the minds of the world such as would have been inconceivable just a few years ago." Above all else, Aquino argues, mindwar must target t he population of the United States, "by denying enemy propaganda access to our people, and by explaining and emphasizing to our people the rationale for our national interest. ... Rather it states a whole truth that, if it does not now exist, will be forced into existence by the will of the United States." http://www.geocities.com/lord_visionary/satanic_subversion.htm From PsyOp to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory, 1980 http://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/MindWar.pdf Psychological Operations: The Ethical Dimension http://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/PSYOPEthics.pdf The Church of Satan PDF A lengthy history of the Church of Satan (9.4 Mb)http://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/COS.pdf http://digilander.libero.it/ilgattomurr/sin_file/image004.jpg http://www.wiolawapress.com/2shapeshi/2shapeshi_mindwarlogo4001.jpg Text of $1m. judgement awarded to Mind Control victim: In the United States District Court For the District of Nebraska Paul A. Bonacci, Plaintiff 4:CV91-3037 vs Lawrence E. King, Defendant Memorandum of Decision Filed February 22, 1999 On February 27, 1998, I found that default judgment should be entered against the defendant Lawrence E. King in favor of the plaintiff, Paul A. Bonacci. A trial on the issue of the damages due the plaintiff by that defendant was had on February 5, 1999. Two counts are alleged against the defendant: King in the complaint. Count V alleges a conspiracy with public officers to deprive the plaintiff of his civil rights, designed to continue to subject the plaintiff to emotional abuse and to prevent him from informing authorities of criminal conduct. Count VIII charges battery, false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, negligence and cons piracy to deprive the plaintiff of civil rights. Between December 1980 and 1988, the complaint alleges, the defendant King continually subjected the plaintiff to repeated sexual assaults, false imprisonments, infliction of extreme emotional distress, organized and directed satanic rituals, forced the plaintiff to "scavenge" for children to be a part of the defendant King's sexual abuse and pornography ring, forced the plaintiff to engage in numerous masochistic orgies with other minor children. The defendant King's default has made those allegations true against him. The issue now is the relief to be granted monetarily. The now uncontradicted evidence is that the plaintiff has suffered much. He has suffered burns, broken fingers, beating of the head and face and other indignities by the wrongful actions of the defendant King. In addition to the misery of going through the experiences just related over a period of eight years, the plaintiff has suffered the lingering results to the present time. He is a victim of multiple personality disorder, involving as many as fourteen distinct personalities aside from his primary personality. He has given up a desired military career and received threats on his life. He suffers from sleeplessness, has bad dreams, has difficulty in holding a job, is fearful that others are following him, fears getting killed, has depressing flashbacks, and is verbally violent on occasion, all in connection with the multiple personality disorder and caused by the wrongful activities of the defendant King. Almost certainly the defendant King has little remaining financial resources, but a fair judgment to compensate the plaintiff is necessary. For the sixteen years since the abuse of the plaintiff began I conclude that a fair compensation for the damages he has suffered is $800,000. A punitive damage award also is justified, bu t the amount needs to be limited because of the small effect that such a judgment would have on the defendant King, given his financial condition and presence in prison. I deem the punitive damage award of $200,000 to be adequate. Dated February 19, 1999. By the Court /s/Warren Urborn United States Senior District Judge
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
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