US Economy Booming

February 5, 2007 at 2:16 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

Economists are hastily upgrading their forecasts for the US economy after a series of surprisingly strong reports suggesting the so-called “soft landing” may be over and growth is accelerating.
Over the past week, surprises have come in stronger-than-expected reports on US job creation, the trade balance and retail sales — all key contributors to economic activity.

Lehman Brothers chief US economist Ethan Harris on Friday boosted his forecast for fourth quarter 2006 growth to an annualized rate of 3.3 percent, a leap from the firm’s prior call for just 2.0 percent growth.

“After slowing in November, the economy seems to have regained its stride,” Harris said.

“With the last of the major data in, we are now revising fourth quarter GDP to an above-trend 3.3 percent. A wide range of indicators have been stronger than expected. Most important have been the strong consumption data and the surprising improvement in the trade balance.”

The latest data defy predictions that the slump in real estate would filter into other areas of the economy, notably consumer spending.

The latest data showed US employers added a healthy 167,000 new jobs in December, with unemployment holding at a low 4.5 percent. Average wages were up 4.2 percent annually.

A separate report Friday showed US retail sales increased 0.9 percent in December.

Retail sales are closely watched as consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of US economic activity. Some analysts have theorized that slumping housing prices may crimp spending in a reversal of the so-called wealth effect.

The higher retail sales “will juice up overall real growth in the fourth quarter to about 3.0 percent — a substantial improvement from only 2.0 percent in the third quarter” said Brian Bethune at research firm Global Insight.

Even the US trade deficit, long a source of weakness, improved in the latest report to 58.2 billion dollars in November, as exports increased.

The data have eased pressure on the dollar and lifted the stock market to fresh highs.
Note to Democrats:
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
 

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Dianne Feinstein’s Secret

February 2, 2007 at 3:23 pm (clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband’s firms

By Peter Byrne

IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.

As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by her husband, financier Richard C. Blum, benefited from decisions made by Feinstein as leader of this powerful subcommittee.

Each year, MILCON’s members decide which military construction projects will be funded from a roster proposed by the Department of Defense. Contracts to build these specific projects are subsequently awarded to such major defense contractors as Halliburton, Fluor, Parsons, Louis Berger, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation. From 1997 through the end of 2005, with Feinstein’s knowledge, Blum was a majority owner of both URS Corp. and Perini Corp.

While setting MILCON agendas for many years, Feinstein, 73, supervised her own staff of military construction experts as they carefully examined the details of each proposal. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were or subsequently became URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such MILCON projects.

In her annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports, Feinstein records a sizeable family income from large investments in Perini, which is based in Framingham, Mass., and in URS, headquartered in San Francisco. But she has not publicly acknowledged the conflict of interest between her job as a congressional appropriator and her husband’s longtime control of Perini and URS—and that omission has called her ethical standards into question, say the experts.

Insider Information

The tale thickens with the appearance of Michael R. Klein, a top legal adviser to Feinstein and a long-time business partner of Blum’s. The vice-chairman of Perini’s board of directors, Klein was a partner in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, a powerful law firm with close ties to the Democratic Party, for nearly 30 years. Klein and Blum co-own ASTAR Air Cargo, which has military contracts in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Klein also sits on the board of SRA International, a large defense contractor.

In an interview with this reporter in September, Klein stated that, beginning in 1997, he routinely informed Feinstein about specific federal projects coming before her in which Perini had a stake. The insider information, Klein said, was intended to help the senator avoid conflicts of interest. Although Klein’s startling admission was intended to defuse the issue of Feinstein’s conflict of interest, it had the effect of exacerbating it.

Klein said that he regularly gave Feinstein’s chief of staff, Mark Kadesh, lists of Perini’s current and upcoming contractual interests in federal legislation, so that the senator would not discuss, debate, vote on or participate in matters that could affect projects in which Perini was concerned.

Earmarks, you know, set asides, you name it, there was a system in place which on a regular basis I got notified, I notified her office and her office notified her,” Klein said.

“We basically identified any bid that Perini was going for and checked to see whether it was the subject of already appropriated funds or funds yet to be appropriated, and if it was anything that the senator could not act on, her office was alerted and she did not act on it.”

This is an extraordinary thing for Klein and the senator to do, since the detailed project proposals that the Pentagon sent to Feinstein’s subcommittee for review do not usually name the firms already contracted to perform specific projects. Nor do defense officials typically identify, in MILCON hearings, which military construction contractors were eligible to bid on upcoming work.

In theory, Feinstein would not know the identity of any of the companies that stood to contractually benefit from her approval of specific items in the military construction budget—until Klein told her.

Klein explained, “They would get from me a notice that Perini was bidding on a contract that would be affected as we understood it by potential legislation that would come before either the full Congress or any committee that she was a member of. And she would as a result of that not act, abstain from dealing with those pieces of legislation.”

However, the public record shows that contrary to Klein’s belief, Feinstein did act on legislation that affected Perini and URS.

According to Klein, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics ruled, in secret, that Feinstein did not have a conflict of interest with Perini because, due to the existence of the bid and project lists provided by Klein, she knew when to recuse herself. Klein says that after URS declined to participate in his conflict of interest prevention plan, the ethics committee ruled that Feinstein could act on matters that affected URS, because she did not have a list of URS’ needs. That these confidential rulings are contradictory is obvious and calls for explanation.

Klein declined to produce copies of the Perini project lists that he transmitted to Feinstein. And neither he nor Feinstein would furnish copies of the ethics committee rulings, nor examples of the senator recusing herself from acting on legislation that affected Perini or URS. But the Congressional Record shows that as chairwoman and a ranking member of MILCON, Feinstein was often involved in supervising the legislative details of military construction projects that directly affected Blum’s defense contracting firms.

After reviewing the results of this investigation, Wendell Rawls, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., observes that by giving Feinstein notice of Perini’s business objectives, Klein achieved the opposite of preventing a conflict of interest.

Rawls comments, “Sen. Feinstein has had a serious conflict of interest, a serious insensitivity to ethical considerations. The very least she should have done is to recuse herself from having conversations, debates, voting or any other kind of legislative activity that involved either Perini Corporation or URS Corporation or any other business activity where her husband’s financial interests were involved.

“I cannot understand how someone who complains so vigorously as she has about conflicts of interest in the government and Congress can have turned such a deaf ear and a blind eye to her own. Because of her level of influence, the conflict of interest is just as serious as the Halliburton-Cheney connection.”

Called Into Question

Here are a few examples from the Congressional Record of questionable intersections between Feinstein’s legislative duties and her financial interests:

  • At a MILCON hearing in 2001, Feinstein interrogated defense officials about the details of constructing specific missile defense systems, which included upgrading the early warning radar system at Cobra Dane radar on Shemya Island, Alaska. In 2003, Perini reported that it had completed a contract to upgrade the Cobra Dane radar system. It has done similar work at Beale Air Force Base in California and in the United Kingdom. URS also bids on missile defense work.
  • In the 2002 MILCON hearings, Feinstein questioned an official about details of the U.S. Army’s chemical demilitarization program. URS is extensively involved in performing chemical demilitarization work at key disposal sites in the United States.
  • At that same hearing, Feinstein asked about the possibility of increasing funding for anti-terrorism-force protection at Army bases. The following year, on March 4, 2003, Feinstein asked why the anti-terrorism-force protection funds she had advocated for the year before had not yet been spent. On April 21, 2003, URS announced the award of a $600 million contract to provide, among other services, anti-terrorism-force protection for U.S. Army installations.
  • Beginning in 2003, both Perini and URS were awarded a series of open-ended contracts for military construction work around the world, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under Feinstein’s leadership, MILCON regularly approved specific project “task orders” that were issued to Perini and URS under these contracts.
  • At a March 30, 2004, MILCON hearing, Feinstein grilled Maj. Gen. Dean Fox about whether or not the Pentagon intended to prioritize funding the construction of “beddown” maintenance facilities for its new airlifter, the C-17 Globemaster. After being reassured by Fox that these funds would soon be flowing, Feinstein said, “Good, that’s what I really wanted to hear. Thank you very much. Appreciate it very much, General.” Two years later, URS announced a $42 million award to build a beddown maintenance facility for the C-17 at Hickam Air Base in Hawaii as part of a multibillion dollar contract with the Air Force. Under Feinstein’s leadership, MILCON approved the Hickam project.
  • In mid-2005, MILCON approved a Pentagon proposal to fund “overhead coverage force protection” in Iraq that would reinforce the roofs of U.S. Army barracks to better withstand mortar rounds. On Oct. 13, 2005, Perini announced the award of a $185 million contract to provide overhead coverage force protection to the Army in Iraq.
  • In the 2005 MILCON hearings, Feinstein earmarked MILCON legislation with $25 million to increase environmental remediation at closed military bases. Year after year, Feinstein has closely overseen the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento, frequently requesting that officials add tens of millions of dollars to that project. URS and its joint ventures have earned tens of millions of dollars cleaning up McClellan. And CB Richard Ellis, a real estate company headed by Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, is involved in redeveloping McClellan for the private sector.This investigation examined thousands of pages of documents, including transcripts of congressional hearings, U.S. Security and Exchange Commission filings, government audits and reports, federal procurement data and corporate press releases. The findings were shared with contracting and ethics experts at several nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based government oversight groups. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit organization that analyzes defense contracts and who examined our evidence says, “The paper trail showing Sen. Feinstein’s conflict of interest is irrefutable.”

    On the face of it, there is nothing objectionable about a senator closely examining proposed appropriations or advocating for missile defense or advancing the cleanup of a toxic military base. Blum profitably divested himself of ownership of both URS and Perini in 2005, ameliorating the conflict of interest. But Feinstein’s ethical dilemma arose from the fact that, for five years, the interests of Perini and URS and CB Richard Ellis were inextricably entwined with her leadership of MILCON, which last year approved $16.2 billion for military construction projects.

    Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, remarks, “There are a number of members of Congress with conflicts of interest. [California Republican Congressman John T.] Doolittle, for example, hired his wife as a fundraiser, and she skimmed 15 percent off of all campaign contributions. Others, like [former] Speaker [Dennis] Hastert and Cong. [Ken] Calvert, were earmarking federal money for roads to enhance the value of property held by their families.

    “But because of the amount of money involved,” Sloan continues, “Feinstein’s conflict of interest is an order of magnitude greater than those conflicts.”

Family Matters

Californians elected San Francisco’s former Mayor Dianne Feinstein to the Senate in 1992. She was overwhelmingly re-elected in November 2006. She is well liked by both liberals and conservatives. She supports abortion rights and gun control laws. She politicked this year for renewal of the Patriot Act and sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban American flag burning. She is currently calling for President Bush to set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, but she strongly supported the invasions, occupations and “reconstructions” of both Iraq and Afghanistan. She sits on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, and she is a consistent hawk on matters military.

And she is wealthy. In 2005, Roll Call calculated Feinstein’s wealth, including Blum’s assets, at $40 million, up 25 percent from the year before. That made her the ninth wealthiest member of Congress. Feinstein’s latest Public Financial Disclosure Report shows that in 2005 her family earned income of between $500,000 and $5 million from capital gains on URS and Perini stock combined. From CB Richard Ellis, Blum earned between $1.3 million to $4 million. (The report allows for disclosure of dollar amounts within ranges, which accounts for the wide variance.)

A talented financier and deal-broker, Blum, 70, presides over a global investment empire through a labyrinth of private equity partnerships. His flagship entity is a merchant banking firm, Blum Capital Partners, L.P., of which he is the chairman and general partner. Through this bank, Blum bought a controlling share of Perini in 1997, when it was nearly broke. He named his close associate, the attorney Michael R. Klein, to represent his interest on the board of directors. Blum declined to comment for this story. Perini CEO Robert Band deferred to Klein for comment.

In 2000, according to public records, Perini—which partly specializes in erecting casinos—earned a mere $7 million from federal contracts. Post-9/11, Perini transformed into a major defense contractor. In 2004, the company earned $444 million for military construction work in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for improving airfields for the U.S. Air Force in Europe and building base infrastructures for the U.S. Navy around the globe. In a remarkable financial recovery, Perini shot from near penury in 1997 to logging gross revenues of $1.7 billion in 2005.

In December 2005, Perini publicly identified one of its main business competitors as Halliburton. The company attributed its growing profitability, in large part, to its Halliburton-like military construction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the company warned investors that if Congress slammed the brakes on war and occupation in the Middle East, Perini’s stock could plummet.

According to Klein and to public records, Blum’s firm originally paid $4 a share for a controlling interest in Perini’s common stock. After a series of complicated stock transactions, Blum ended up owning 13 percent of the company, a majority interest. In mid- and late 2005, Blum and his firm took their profits by selling about 3 million Perini shares for $23.75 per share, according to Klein and reports filed with the SEC. Klein says Blum personally owned 100,000 of the vastly appreciated shares when they were sold. Shortly thereafter, Feinstein began calling for winding down the Iraq war while urging that the “global war on terror” continue indefinitely.

Perini’s Payday

It is estimated that Perini now holds at least $2.5 billion worth of contracts tied to the worldwide expansion of American militarism. Its largest Department of Defense contracts are “indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity” or “bundled” contracts carrying guaranteed profit margins. As is all too common, competitive bidding was minimal or nonexistent for many of these contracts.

In June, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, released a report by the House Committee on Government Reform criticizing the Pentagon’s growing use of bundled contracts. Waxman complained that these contracts give companies an incentive to increase costs. One of the “problem contracts” identified by Waxman was a no-bid, $500 million contract held by Perini to reconstruct southern Iraq’s electrical grid.

In fact, bundled military construction contracts fueled Perini’s transformation from casino builder to major war contractor. As of May 2006, Perini held a series of bundled contracts awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers for work in the Middle East worth $1.725 billion. Perini has also been awarded an open-ended contract by the U.S. Air Force for military construction and cleaning the environment at closed military bases. Perini shares that $15 billion award with several other firms, including URS.

Perini regularly performs military construction jobs from Afghanistan to Alaska. It built a biological warfare laboratory for the Navy in Virginia. It built fuel tanks and pipelines for the Navy in North Africa. Details of these projects are typically examined and approved or disapproved by MILCON.

At a 2001 MILCON hearing, Feinstein, attending to a small item, told Maj. Gen. Earnest O. Robbins that she would appreciate receiving an engineering assessment on plans to build a missile transport bridge at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He said he would give it to her. She also asked for and received a list of unfunded construction projects, which prioritize military construction wish lists down to the level of thousand-dollar light fixtures. While there is no evidence to point to nefarious intent behind Feinstein’s request for these details, it is worth noting that Perini and URS have open-ended contracts to perform military construction for the Air Force. The senator could have chosen to serve on a subcommittee where she had no potential conflict of interests at all.

In 2003 hearings, MILCON approved various construction projects at sites where Perini and/or URS are contracted to perform engineering and military construction work. The sites included: Camp Lejeune; the Underwater Systems Lab in Newport, R.I.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; the Naval facilities at Dahlgren, Va.; projects at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; and military bases in Guam, Diego Garcia and Crete.

There are some serious problems with Perini’s work in Iraq. In June 2004, the Government Accountability Office reported that Perini’s electrical reconstruction contract in southern Iraq suffered from mismanagement and lack of competition. In 2006, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found that Perini was paid to construct multimillion-dollar electrical substations in the desert that could not be connected to the electrical grid. And the company was billing the government for purchasing and subcontracting costs that were not justified, according to the Defense Contract Audit Agency. An October 2005 audit by the Defense Department’s Inspector General criticized the execution of Perini’s cost-plus military construction work in Afghanistan, saying, “The contractor had an incentive to increase costs, because higher costs resulted in higher profit.”

URS and McClellan

URS dwarfs Perini. With more than 100 subsidiaries, it employs nearly 30,000 engineers and workers worldwide. The firm’s largest customer is the U.S. Army, from which it booked $791 million in work in 2005 out of a total revenue of $3.9 billion.

URS is not just a construction company; it also develops and maintains advanced weapons systems. In 2002, URS purchased weaponry firm EG&G Technical Services from the Carlyle Group, in which former President George H.W. Bush was a principal. But as profitable as its arms dealing division is, URS reports that its growth sectors are military construction, homeland security and environmental services for military sites under existing Defense Department contracts.

According to a database of federal procurement records made available for this investigation by Eagle Eye Publishers of Fairfax, Va., URS’s military construction work in 2000 earned it a mere $24 million. The next year, when Feinstein took over as MILCON chair, military construction earned URS $185 million. On top of that, the company’s architectural and engineering revenue from military construction projects grew from $108,726 in 2000 to $142 million in 2001, more than a thousandfold increase in a single year.

As Congress gave the Bush administration the green light on military spending after 9/11, the value of Blum’s investment in URS skyrocketed. Between 2003 and 2005, URS’ share price doubled. In late 2005, Blum resigned from the URS board of directors, after 30 years as a member. Simultaneously, he sold 5.5 million URS shares, worth about $220 million at market price.

The Congressional Record shows that in year after year of MILCON hearings, Feinstein successfully lobbied defense officials to increase the budget for military base cleanup and redevelopment, especially at the decommissioned McClellan Air Force Base. The detoxification of McClellan is a plum job: it is estimated to cost $1.3 billion and take many years to complete. There is, of course, nothing unusual about a senator advocating for projects that improve environmental health, particularly when the project is in her home state; and the Pentagon is notoriously lax about cleaning up its Superfund sites.

It turns out, though, that URS specializes in environmental consulting and engineering work at military installations. It holds a $69 million contract to manage the cleanup of Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which was awarded in 2004. It has a $320 million contract to remediate pollution at U.S. Army bases in the United States and the Caribbean, which was awarded in 2005. And from 2000 to 2005, URS and its partners were paid $204 million for work at McClellan Air Force Base, according to Eagle Eye.

At a MILCON hearing in 2001, Feinstein cited the environmental work at McClellan as needing more money. “That is a base that I am very familiar with, and I am glad that we were able to provide that funding so that work at McClellan can proceed,” she said. Feinstein then asked for and received detailed information concerning the Pentagon’s projected schedule to finish the McClellan cleanup and the effect of delaying cleanup upon its potential for commercial reuse.

At a MILCON hearing in March 2002, Chairwoman Feinstein interrogated Assistant Secretary of Defense Nelson F. Gibbs:

  Sen. Feinstein: Is the Air Force capable of executing greater [cleanup] funding in 2003 at McClellan?
  Mr. Gibbs: Yes, ma’am.
  Feinstein: And how much would that be? How about $22 million?
  Gibbs: That would be very close. That would be almost exact as a matter of fact. … If you would like, I can provide for you a list of those individual projects.
  Feinstein: I would. If you would not mind. Thank you very much.

The next week, Gibbs sent Feinstein a memo showing the addition of $23 million to the McClellan environmental budget, mostly for groundwater remediation, URS’ specialty.

In the 2003 MILCON hearings, Feinstein told Dov S. Zakheim, then the Defense Department comptroller, that she “was really struck by the hit that environmental remediation [at McClellan Air Force Base] took. … However, I have just [received] a list from the Air Force of what they could use to clean up … McClellan, and one other base, and it is 64 million additional dollars this year.”

Dr. Zakheim replied, “Well, let me first say that I remember your concern last year, and I am glad that we took care of [McClellan]. That is important.”

Feinstein remarked that the Pentagon had already spent $7 billion on environmental cleanup of closed bases, and that another $3.5 billion should be immediately allocated so that the clean bases can be transferred to the private sector. Demonstrating her grasp of technical details, she remarked, “I am particularly concerned with the dilapidated condition of the sewer line at McClellan that continues to impede significant economic redevelopment of the base.”

That is where CB Richard Ellis comes in.

The real estate firm is politically well-connected. Sen. Feinstein’s husband chairs the board of directors. Bill Clinton’s secretary of commerce, Michael Kantor, joined in 2004. Former Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle signed on in 2005. The firm specializes in consulting with local governments and developers from California to Puerto Rico on how best to redevelop cleaned-up military bases. It also brokers the sale and lease of redeveloped base lands to the private sector. Since Blum took over CB Richard Ellis, for example, the company has closed deals leasing tens of thousands of square feet of commercial space on cleaned-up portions of McClellan to private developers.

In a 2003 MILCON hearing, Sacramento County redevelopment official Robert B. Leonard told Feinstein, “We wanted to express our appreciation for your efforts over the last year in supporting our needs at McClellan.” During the five years that Feinstein led the subcommittee, support for the McClellan cleanup and the redevelopment deals were particular focuses of her attention.

URS declined to comment for this story. The sole comment that Feinstein’s office made in response to a series of written questions about facts in this story is that “Sen. Feinstein has never had any knowledge nor has she exercised any influence on the award of environmental cleanup contracts under the jurisdiction of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee.”

Let the Sunlight In

Last week, the Senate voted to close some significant loopholes in its ethics rules. But it stopped short of creating an office of public integrity, which would independently monitor lobbyists and members of Congress for ethical compliance. Setting her own limits on the extent of reform she will countenance, Feinstein says she is opposed to the creation of an independent congressional ethics watchdog. “If the law is clear and precise, members will follow it,” she assured The New York Times on Nov. 18, 2006.

The problem with the existing rules governing congressional ethics is that they are neither clear nor precise, and neither are they effective. Senate rules governing conflicts of interest are so vaguely worded, say government watchdogs, that short of stashing cash bribes in the refrigerator, the line between serving constituents and serving oneself is often blurred. The public record shows that Feinstein has a history of crossing that blurry line.

Charles Tiefer is a professor of law specializing in legislation and government contracting at the University of Baltimore in Maryland. He served as solicitor and deputy counsel to the House of Representatives for 11 years. He has taught at Yale Law School and written books on congressional procedures and separation of powers. Tiefer observes that, unlike the executive and judiciary branches of government, Congress does not have enforceable conflict of interest rules. It is up to Sen. Feinstein’s constituents, Tiefer says, to decide if she has a conflict of interest and to take whatever action they want. To make that possible, Feinstein should have publicly disclosed the details of her family investments in Perini, URS and CB Richard Ellis as they related to her actions on MILCON. Tiefer avers that when Klein gave Feinstein lists of Perini’s interests, he worsened her conflict of interest.

“The senator should, at a minimum, have posted Klein’s lists on her Senate website, so that the press and the public would be warned of her potential conflicts,” Tiefer says, noting that she should also make public her correspondence with the Senate Ethics Committee.

As the arbiter of Senate rules on ethics, it is incumbent on Feinstein to provide the public with an explanation of why she did not recuse herself from acting on MILCON details that served her financial interests, and why she failed to resign from the subcommittee after she recognized the potential for conflicts of interest, which, unfortunately, materialized in an obvious way and over a long period of time.

 
 

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Islamic Atrocities January 2007

February 2, 2007 at 1:58 pm (christianity, conservative, global jihad, islamo fascist, politics, religion, Uncategorized, war on terror)

1/31/07 Thailand Yala 1 6 A 59-year-old rubber tapper is murdered in drive-by shooting by Islamists.
1/31/07 Iraq Baghdad 12 22 Sectarian violence around the city leaves at least a dozen dead, including a decapitation.
1/31/07 Iraq Fallujah 7 0 Seven people, including a teenager, are gunned down by Jihadis.
1/31/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 0 Three university professors and a student, kidnapped by Islamic militants three days earlier, are found dead.
1/31/07 Thailand Pattani 1 3 Islamists kill a villager with a bomb.
1/31/07 Bangladesh Dhaka 1 1 A policeman is killed in a bomb attack by suspected Islamic extremists.
1/31/07 Pakistan Hangu 2 1 Two people inside a house are killed in a sectarian mortar attack.
1/30/07 Iraq Ramadi 16 0 A suicide truck bomber kills sixteen people.
1/30/07 Pakistan Hangu 2 14 Two Afghan refugees are killed by Sunni extremists following a Shia religious festival.
1/30/07 Iraq Adhamiya 17 72 Jihadis rain down mortars on a residential area, killing seventeen innocent Iraqis.
1/30/07 Afghanistan Herat 0 12 A Fedayeen suicide bomber rams his truck into an Afghan convoy, injuring a dozen innocents.
1/30/07 Iraq Khanaqin 13 39 A Shiite religious ceremony is the targe of a deadly roadside bomb, as Sunnis rack up more dead Shia.
1/30/07 Iraq Baghdad 25 9 Sectarian violence within the Religion of Peace leaves over two dozen dead in various attacks.
1/30/07 Iraq Balad Ruz 23 57 A suicideal Sunni blows two-dozen Shia worshippers to Allah at a mosque.
1/29/07 Algeria Batna 5 0 Islamic fundamentalists open up on a checkpoint with automatic weapons, killing five Algerian security staff at point-blank range.
1/29/07 Pakistan Dera Ismail Khan 2 7 A suicide bomber blows himself up at a park, killing two other people.
1/29/07 India Kishtwar 2 2 The Mujahideen attack Indian troops, killing two.
1/29/07 Chechnya Gudermes 4 0 Four Russians are killed in a shooting and suicide attack by Islamic militants.
1/29/07 Iraq Tuz Khurmato 5 0 Sunnis blast a Shiite mosque, killing five worshippers.
1/29/07 Thailand Songkhla 3 1 Two Buddhist couples are brutally assaulted by Muslim radicals. Three people are killed.
1/29/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 Muslim militants gun down a man driving his wife to work.
1/29/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A teenager dies after his throat is slashed and he is stabbed by radical Muslims.
1/29/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 Islamists shoot a civilian off his motorcycle.
1/29/07 Iraq Zaafaraniya 16 28 Jihadis stage a mortar attack on a residential area, killing sixteen innocents.
1/29/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 5 Sunnis plant a bomb on a minibus, killing four passengers.
1/29/07 India Gorakhpur 1 0 A Hindu man is killed by a mob of angry Muslims.
1/29/07 Israel Eilat 3 3 Three Israelis are murdered by an al-Aqsa suicide bomber at a bakery.
1/28/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 33-year-old woman is shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
1/28/07 Iraq Baghdad 5 20 Five school girls are killed when freedom fighters mortar a school.
1/28/07 Philippines Rangaban 1 1 Moro Islamic Front terrorists attack a village, killing one defender and injuring another.
1/28/07 Iraq Ramadi 5 10 Two children are among five killed by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
1/28/07 Iraq Baghdad 29 0 Twenty-nine victims of sectarian hatred are found executed across the city.
1/28/07 Iraq Kirkuk 16 34 Two separate suicide bombings, one at a market, leave sixteen innocents dead.
1/28/07 Iraq Baghad 14 64 Four Jihad bombings leave fourteen people dead and over sixty injured.
1/28/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A Buddhist man is killed in a Muslim drive-by attack.
1/28/07 Pakistan Punjab 2 0 A couple in their 40’s are tied to a tree and stoned to death for adultery.
1/27/07 Iraq Baghdad 40 0 Two women are among forty bodies found around the city as Sunnis and Shias go at it.
1/27/07 Algeria Skikda 1 4 Islamic fundamentalists ambush a police station, killing one officer.
1/27/07 Pakistan Peshawar 14 60 A suicide bomber targets a crowd leaving a mosque, killing at least fourteen.
1/27/07 Iraq Baghdad 13 43 Two suicidal Sunnis murdered at least thirteen Shias in an attack at a market.
1/27/07 Yemen Saada 6 20 Radical Shiites ambush and kill six Yemeni soldiers.
1/27/07 Iraq Baghdad 5 3 Sunnis storm a Shia home, killing five members of the same family.
1/27/07 Pakistan Babar Kuch 2 3 A rocket attack by Taliban-backed militants on a civilian vehicle leaves two dead.
1/27/07 Afghanistan Kunar 1 3 Taliban terrorists kill an Afghan contractor during an ambush on a security base.
1/26/07 Pakistan Islamabad 1 6 A suicide bomber blows himself up outside the Marriott hotel, killing a guard.
1/26/07 Pakistan Khan Yunis 1 1 al-Qaeda militants ambush a police patrol, killing an officer.
1/26/07 Pal. Auth. Gaza 2 0 A man and a 16-year-old are killed in separate Hamas attacks.
1/26/07 Pal. Auth. Khan Yunis 1 0 A 2-year-old girl is killed when Islamic factions clash in Gaza.
1/26/07 India Tanur 1 5 A Hindu activist is hacked to death by Muslim gangs.
1/26/07 Sudan Magwe 1 2 An Indian peacekeeper is gunned down by suspected Jihadis.
1/26/07 Iraq Baghdad 29 14 Twenty-seven people are kidnapped and murdered by Jihadis. Two others are killed by a suicide bomber.
1/26/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 55 Sunnis target innocent Iraqis at a pet fair, killing over a dozen with a shrapnel bomb.
1/26/07 Thailand Pattani 1 4 Islamists gun down a cop and injure four civilians with a bomb blast.
1/25/07 Pakistan Hangu 2 4 Two passersby are killed in a car bombing.
1/25/07 Somalia Kismayo 1 1 An Ethiopian solider is shot to death by Muslim militants.
1/25/07 Iraq Baghdad 42 17 Forty-two victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found over a 24-hour period.
1/25/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 A young man is gunned down by Islamic terrorists.
1/25/07 Iraq Fallujah 2 0 A boy and an elderly woman are murdered by Muslim bombers.
1/25/07 Iraq Baghdad 7 30 Seven people are killed in separate marketplace bombings by Islamic terrorists.
1/25/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A 57-year-old Buddhist man is murdered by Islamic radicals on his way to work.
1/25/07 Philippines Midsayap 1 0 At least one person is killed when Moro terrorists attack a group of families.
1/25/07 Iraq Baghdad 26 64 Over two-dozen people are blown to bits by Sunni bombers in a shopping district. Dozens more suffer injury.
1/24/07 Somalia Mogadishu 2 1 Two civilians are killed when Islamic militias fire mortars into an airport.
1/24/07 Iraq Baghdad 33 0 Thirty-three victims of sectarian hatred are found murdered.
1/24/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 3 A suicide bomber kills four Iraqis.
1/24/07 Iraq Baghdad 2 0 A female bank employee and a professor are murdered by Jihadis in separate attacks.
1/23/07 Iraq Suwayra 6 9 Radical Sunnis wipe out five members of a Shia family and one other in a terror attack.
1/23/07 Iraq Tal Afar 2 0 Two teachers are shot to death by radicals.
1/23/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A Buddhist man is murdered by Islamists as he drove his 7-year-old son home from school.
1/23/07 India Bandina 3 2 The Mujahideen blow up a passing security vehicle, killing three occupants.
1/23/07 Afghanistan Uruzgan 9 0 Nine Afghan policemen are murdered in a Taliban ambush in a remote area.
1/23/07 Afghanistan Khost 10 14 A Taliban suicide bomber blows ten Afghan civilians to Allah.
1/23/07 Iraq Fallujah 3 0 Three butchers are killed by Islamic fundamentalists.
1/23/07 Iraq Baghdad 17 0 Seventeen victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found executed.
1/23/07 Thailand Narathiwat 2 0 Two men are gunned down in a drive-by shooting by Islamists.
1/23/07 Jordan Amman 1 0 A 17-year-old girl is shot four times in the head by her father, who thought she had had sex. An autopsy showed she was a virgin.
1/23/07 Chechnya Kurchaloi 1 0 Jihadis shoot a police officer to death.
1/22/07 Syria Damascus 1 0 A 16-year-old girl is stabbed five times in the back and neck by her brother, angry that she had been raped.
1/22/07 Iraq Baghdad 30 0 Thirty victims of sectarian violence are found bound and executed.
1/22/07 Iraq Rutba 4 0 Four people are kidnapped, tortured and executed by sectarian rivals.
1/22/07 Iraq Baghdad 88 190 Sunni extremists score big at a market, killing nearly ninety unsuspecting Shia shoppers with coordinated bombs.
1/22/07 Iraq Baghdad 1 1 Fundamentalists murder a female teacher on her way to work at a girl’s school.
1/22/07 Pakistan Miran Shah 5 20 Four Pakistani soldiers and a female passerby are killed in a Fedayeen suicide attack on a checkpoint.
1/22/07 Iraq Khalis 12 39 A dozen civilians are killed in an Islamic bombing attack.
1/21/07 Iraq Karrada 6 15 A half-dozen people are incinerated in a suspected suicide blast on a minibus.
1/21/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 A middle-aged Buddhist man is gunned down by militants as he is standing in front of his home talking with friends.
1/21/07 India Baramulla 1 12 A grenade attack by the Mujahideen eventually kills one of thirteen people injured.
1/21/07 Algeria Jijel 1 8 The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, kills an Algerian soldier in a bomb attack.
1/21/07 Iraq Mosul 9 4 A woman is among nine people killed by Jihadis in shooting and bombing attacks.
1/20/07 Iraq Baghdad 40 10 Religious violence claims the lives of at least forty people in various attacks.
1/20/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 2 A noodle vendor is shot to death in front of his 12-year-old daughter by Muslim militants.
1/20/07 Somalia Mogadishu 4 0 Four civilians are killed in an Islamic attack.
1/20/07 Philippines Parang 1 7 Abu Sayyaf terrorists kill a Filipino soldier in an ambush.
1/20/07 Iraq Mosul 7 2 Seven people are gunned down by sectarian rivals.
1/20/07 Iraq Iskandariya 4 4 Four people are murdered by Islamic terrorists.
1/19/07 Iraq Yusufiya 4 0 Two very young children, ages 1 and 5, are among four killed in a bombing by Sunni militants.
1/19/07 Turkey Istanbul 1 0 An advocate for the victims of Armenian genocide is gunned down by a Muslim who says, ‘I killed the infidel.’
1/19/07 Iraq Hilla 1 0 Fundamentalists murder a butcher.
1/19/07 Iraq Karbala 4 0 Four American soldiers aer abducted and brutally killed in captivity by Islamic militants.
1/18/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 A Buddhist woman working as a health care volunteer is murdered by Islamic gunmen.
1/18/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 Muslim gunmen kill a 68-year-old man and injure his son.
1/18/07 Iraq Baghdad 26 0 Twenty-six people are found shot and tortured to death by sectarian rivals.
1/18/07 Iraq Baghdad 12 34 A series of terrorist bombings leave at least eleven people dead.
1/18/07 Iraq Mosul 13 21 Thirteen people are killed in shootings, including one on a wedding party, and a Fedayeen suicide blast.
1/18/07 Iraq Baghdad 10 30 Sunnis bomb a vegetable market, killing ten patrons.
1/18/07 India Nayidgam 1 0 A mechanic is abducted and beheaded by the Mujahideen.
1/18/07 Afghanistan Paktika 1 5 A suicide bomber kills an Afghan soldier.
1/17/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 10 An American woman working for an NGO is among three civilians murdered in a bomb attack.
1/17/07 Iraq Kirkuk 10 42 A suicide truck bomber drives into an Iraqi police station, killing ten people.
1/17/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 33 Sunnis car bomb a Shia market, killing fifteen patrons.
1/17/07 India Wagoora 1 0 Local Mujahideen shoot an electrical employee to death.
1/17/07 Iraq Baghdad 30 0 Police find thirty victims of sectarian violence in and around the city. Most were tortured and shot.
1/17/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 42-year-old Buddhist scrap dealer is shot dead by Muslim terrorists in front of his home.
1/17/07 Thailand Songkhla 1 0 Muslim radicals murder a Buddhist rubber-tapper.
1/17/07 Iraq Mosul 10 0 Ten victims of sectarian violence are delivered to the morgue.
1/16/07 Iraq Mosul 12 0 Twelve people, including at least one woman, are murdered by Muslim gunmen.
1/16/07 Israel Juarish 1 0 A 19-year-old woman is shot to death in her own bed by relatives for violating the family’s honor.
1/16/07 Iraq Baghdad 70 180 Islamic terrorists manage to slaughter at least seventy students, mostly female, at a university using a car bomb and then a suicide bomber on foot to catch the survivors!
1/16/07 Iraq Baghdad 16 11 Jihadis kill ten civilians in a drive-by shooting and another six with a car bomb.
1/16/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 74 Sunnis target Shia civilians in a marketplace, killing at least fifteen with a suicide attack.
1/16/07 Iraq Iskandariya 2 0 Freedom fighters kill an Iraqi woman and her son in a mortar attack.
1/16/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 2 Islamic militants kill a village chief with a roadside bomb.
1/15/07 Iraq Mosul 5 28 A Fedayeen suicide bomber sends five Kurds to Allah.
1/15/07 Iraq Baghdad 7 5 Two separate bombings leave seven Iraqis dead.
1/15/07 Iraq Baqubah 11 0 Eleven people are kidnapped by sectarian rivals, bound, gagged and executed.
1/15/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A man is shot to death by radical Muslims.
1/15/07 Thailand Yala 1 1 A 58-year-old Buddhist man is murdered by Islamists in an attack that also leaves his wife injured.
1/15/07 India Hajan 1 0 Islamic terrorists shoot dead a man shopping at a market.
1/15/07 India Sumbar 1 0 A civilian is abducted by the Mujahideen and shot to death in captivity.
1/14/07 Pakistan Matta 3 0 Two girls and their mother are killed in a mine attack by local Taliban.
1/14/07 Iraq Mosul 14 8 Fourteen people are murdered in separate attacks by Muslim radicals.
1/14/07 Thailand Pattani 2 0 A married couple is murdered by Islamic radicals at the entrance to their business. The man is decapitated. A note pinned to the body says, ‘We kill all Buddhists.’
1/14/07 Iraq Baghdad 41 0 Forty-one victims of sectarian violence are found in various locations.
1/14/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 Muslims gun down another Buddhist civilian.
1/14/07 Pakistan Butkhela 1 1 Pro-Taliban militants shoot an Uzbeki man to death.
1/14/07 Thailand Pattani 1 5 Islamic militants bomb a Thai military vehicle, killing one soldier.
1/14/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A 31-year-old man is shot off the back of a motorcycle by Islamic terrorists.
1/13/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 Islamists murder a Buddhist policeman on his way to work.
1/13/07 Dagestan Aimaumakhi 1 0 A policeman is gunned down by suspected Islamic rebels.
1/13/07 Iraq Iskandariya 3 1 Terrorists attack a private factory, killing three workers.
1/13/07 Iraq Kirkuk 2 3 Muslim terrorists shoot two engineers to death.
1/13/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A Buddhist firefighter is shot to death by radical Muslims in front of his office.
1/12/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 Militant Muslims gun down a village guard outside his home.
1/12/07 Thailand Pattani 2 0 Two Buddhist men are murdered by Religion of Peace gunmen in separate attacks.
1/12/07 Iraq Ishaqi 3 0 Three civilians are shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
1/12/07 Iraq Baghdad 11 0 Ten intact bodies and one severed head are discovered by police.
1/12/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 62-year-old civilian is gunned down by Islamic terrorists as he is carrying his 2-year-old grandson on a motorbike.
1/11/07 Indonesia Poso 1 0 A police officer at a funeral for a terrorist is beaten to death by an angry Muslim mob.
1/11/07 Iraq Khadra 5 0 Five off-duty policemen are gunned down in cold blood by Sunni terrorists.
1/10/07 Thailand Pattani 1 1 A female teacher is shot to death by Islamic militants on her way to school.
1/10/07 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 Islamists fire a rocket into a home, killing a family member.
1/10/07 Iraq Karbala 11 14 Sunni gunmen massacre Shia pilgrims returning home in a convoy of buses.
1/10/07 Iraq Mosul 8 0 Eight people are found dead from terror attacks.
1/10/07 Iraq Baghdad 68 0 Sixty-eight victims of Sunni-Shia sectarian violence are found murdered in three cities over a 24-hour period.
1/10/07 Iraq Tal Afar 5 16 A child is among five people killed in separate suicide bombings.
1/10/07 Philippines General Santos 6 23 Six people, including two young children and two woman, are killed in a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomb attack on a lottery office and market.
1/10/07 Philippines Cotabato 1 0 Muslim militants kill a garbage collector with a bomb.
1/9/07 Pakistan Hangu 1 0 A newspaper journalist is beheaded by Islamic militants.
1/9/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A janitor is murdered by Islamists shortly after dropping his daughter off at school.
1/9/07 Iraq Baghdad 46 0 Forty-six victims of sectarian hatred between Sunnis and Shia are found around the country.
1/9/07 Pakistan Qamber 2 0 A man kills his sister and her lover in an ‘honor’ killing.
1/9/07 Pakistan Jacobabad 2 0 Two brothers are shot to death in a coordinated terror attack concerning an issue of sexual impropriety.
1/8/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 15 Fifteen cleaning contractors are brutally murdered in a Sunni assault on their bus.
1/8/07 Thailand Songkhla 1 0 A Buddhist teacher, brutally beaten into a coma by a Muslim mob seven months earlier, finally expires.
1/8/07 India Indergam 1 0 A 9th grade student is shot to death by the Mujahideen.
1/8/07 Iraq Mosul 5 0 Five people are gunned down by sectarian rivals.
1/8/07 Iraq Baghdad 6 0 Sunnis gun down six members of a Shiite family as they are moving their furniture.
1/8/07 Iraq Baghdad 32 16 At least four separate Jihad attacks leave nearly three dozen civilians dead.
1/7/07 Somalia Mogadishu 1 1 Islamic militants kill a young girl with automatic weapons fire.
1/7/07 Afghanistan Khost 4 2 Two women and two children are blown to bits by Islamic bombers.
1/7/07 Iraq Suwayra 4 0 Four people are kidnapped and executed, one by decapitation.
1/7/07 Iraq Baghdad 23 7 Two dozen people lose their lives to sectarian violence in three attacks.
1/7/07 India Andergam 1 0 A 16-year-old student is gunned down in his home by Islamic radicals.
1/7/07 India Baramulla 2 0 Two civilians are murdered by the Mujahideen. One has his throat slit.
1/7/07 Pakistan Mansehra 1 0 A young woman is murdered by her brother for pursuing an education. The brother claims she ‘met Allah’s destiny.’
1/7/07 Iraq Hilla 2 11 A Jihad car bombing kills two civilians.
1/6/07 Iraq Baghdad 27 0 Police find twenty-seven victims of sectarian violence killed in gruesom fashion by Religion of Peace rivals.
1/6/07 India Shopian 3 23 Three people are killed in a Mujahideen grenade attack on a market.
1/6/07 Afghanistan Khost 1 0 A security official is shot to death by religious extremists.
1/6/07 India Dangiwacha 1 0 A civilian is gunned down on the job by the Mujahideen.
1/6/07 Iraq Mosul 6 0 Six people are gunned down by Muslim terrorists.
1/6/07 Iraq Baghdad 44 0 Forty-four additional victims of sectarian violence within Islam are found executed.
1/5/07 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 An Islamic militant tosses a grenade into the street, killing a civilian.
1/5/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 11 Jihadis drop bombs on a market, killing four shoppers.
1/5/07 Pal. Auth. Mughazi 1 0 Hamas gunmen murder a critic at a refugee camp.
1/5/07 Iraq Baghdad 47 0 Another forty-seven victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found executed.
1/5/07 Ethiopia Kofele 1 0 A Christian is beaten to death by Muslims with a metal bar.
1/5/07 Pakistan Tando Adam 1 0 A young man guns down his aunt on suspicion that she was engaged in adultery.
1/5/07 Iraq Iskandariya 3 0 Three people are kidnapped and tortured to death by Islamic militants.
1/4/07 Iraq Hilla 4 0 Four people are kidnapped and shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
1/4/07 Pal. Auth. Jabalya 7 36 Hamas militants fire rockets into a Fatah leader’s home, killing him and six others.
1/4/07 Pakistan Peshawar 1 0 Three Sunnis murder a Shia leader.
1/4/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 Muslim gun down a Buddhist teenager.
1/4/07 Iraq Baghdad 47 0 Islamic militants take care of forty-seven Iraqis in various attacks. Four are beheaded.
1/4/07 Iraq Baghdad 13 22 Sunni terrorists detonate two car bombs, killing thirteen people in a residential district.
1/3/07 India Kandi 1 2 Islamic rebels ambush a security patrol, killing one member.
1/3/07 Somalia Jilib 2 2 An Islamist stages a Fedayeen attack, killing two unsuspecting Ethiopians.
1/3/07 Iraq Baghdad 45 0 Forty-five victims of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shia are found dead.
1/3/07 Pal. Auth. Beit Lahiya 2 17 A woman and Fatah official are shot dead by Hamas terrorists in separate incidents. Seventeen others are injured.
1/3/07 Pal. Auth. Beit Lahiya 3 0 Hamas ambush a car carrying Fatah members, killing three of them.
1/3/07 Thailand Yala 2 0 A 70-year-old man is gunned down, along with his son-in-law, by Islamic militants.
1/2/07 Iraq Nahrawan 5 0 Five civilians are kidnapped, tortured and executed by Jihadis.
1/2/07 Pakistan Chak Saboo 2 0 A married couple is burnt alive in front of their children because the woman was kidnapped and raped.
1/2/07 Iraq Baghdad 49 4 Forty-nine victims of sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shia are found dead. A mortar attack kills four other civilians.
1/2/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 An anti-terror Muslim leader is gunned down by Islamists while leaving a cemetery.
1/1/07 Iraq Baqubah 4 0 Radical Sunnis gun down a moderate and three aides.
1/1/07 Iraq Mosul 3 0 Three borthers are murdered by sectarian rivals.
1/1/07 Afghanistan Herat 2 1 Religious extremists murder two policemen with a bomb.
1/1/07 Iraq Baghdad 40 0 Forty victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found in several locations

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