Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Martial Law Is Their Business, And Business Sure Is Swell (SPECIAL UPDATE, 10/2)
The "dream" realized: The Two Rivers Detention Facility, the proudest achievement of Hardin, Montana's political class. Sure, it's empty now, but I'm sure those nice men in the black SUVs can do something about that....
UPDATE, October 2
Hardin, Montana -- For an on-the-scene report on developments in the Hardin scandal, please go to LibertyNewsRadio.com and listen to this evening's program. I'll have a more detailed report here on Pro Libertate as soon as feasible.
If you build it, they will come.
That would appear to be the business plan of an enigmatic California company called American Police Force (APF), which appears to be effectively taking over the town of Hardin, Montana.
The "it" in question is a large jail facility outside Hardin, Montana, that was built several years ago but thus far remains unused. "They" refers to prisoners to fill said jail -- a 114,000 square foot, 464-bed facility. APF has yet to become firmly established in Hardin (pop. 3,400), but the company's representatives are confident "the place [meaning the jail] would start filling up by 2010."
At present, the firm is said to be doing "market research," an ominous prospect, given that it's in the business of detention. And it has even spoken about the possibility of expanding the jail within a few years.
Say, that is good news -- at least for the people on AFP's payroll. Since last Thursday, when company personnel rolled into town in a convoy of black Mercedes SUVs embossed with seals advertising a non-existent "City of Hardin Police Department,"the company's payroll has increased by at least one, and possibly two, key local figures.
The first to be snapped up was Becky Shay, a former Billings Gazette reporter whose beat included the Hardin jail. Within a day of AFP's arrival, she was hired away from the paper to serve as a $60,000-a-year spokesperson for the company (a pretty hefty salary increase for a local reporter in Montana). So quickly and slickly was this career change made that Shay's editor didn't even know she had talked with AFP about the position.
Yes, that logo just screams "America!" to me: There's nothing like the combination of a crown and a double-headed imperial eagle to summon the memory of the Revolutionary War patriots who fought to free themselves from an imperial monarch. Hey, wait a minute....
Also in "discussions" with AFP is Kerri Smith, a finalist in Hardin's mayoral race and wife of Greg Smith, Executive Director of the Two Rivers Authority (TRA). The TRA is Hardin's economic development agency, which issued $27 million in bonds to build the jail as a public works project.
In what must be the most ill-conceived piece of civic boosterism ever to assault my senses, the TRA's webpage presents the Hardin jail -- that's a structure intended to deprive people of their freedom, remember -- as the poetic expression of a cherished dream: A YouTube video proudly displays slides of the jail set to the unbearable strains of Russell Watson's wretched ballad "Faith of the Heart" (the musical accompaniment is heard on the TRA's "Detention Center" webpage):
Yes, there's nothing quite like an effeminate power ballad to capture the pure aesthetic grace of a detention camp ringed by barbed wire.
Apparently, the "long road" to building that jail didn't end in prosperity. Since the finished jail has remained empty, the bonds have gone into default. At one point, Hardin's city government indicated it would accept relocated detainees from Gitmo; this prompted a legal battle between the city and the Montana state government.
Yeah, these guys look legit: What could possibly go wrong here?
Last March, AFP was incorporated in California. Shortly thereafter it began talks with Hardin city officials and the TRA.
City officials eventually announced an agreement with the mysterious firm that would bring in $2.6 million for use of the jail, in addition to an "investment" of $23 million to build a new training facility for military and police (which are assumed to be part of one integrated coercive apparatus, of course) on the same TRA-owned property.
The deal -- which was publicly announced although the specifics were never publicly disclosed -- is supposedly a cornucopia of civic benefits: New computers for the schools; a homeless shelter; a fleet of Mercedes patrol cars for the envisioned city police force; donations to the local food pantry; an animal shelter; gold-plated fixtures for the Mayor's executive washroom. OK, I made that last one up. I think.
Have you seen this man? Greg Smith, Executive Director of Hardin's Two Rivers Authority, negotiated a deal to turn over his town to what appeared to be a Blackwater front group, then made himself scarce.
TRA Executive Director Greg Smith, whose wife is in discussions for a position with AFP, helped negotiate the deal. Immediately after it was finished, he was put on "administrative leave," and went to ground. (Calls from Pro Libertate to Mr. Smith's number at the TRA were not returned.)
What appears to be happening here -- and until relevant details are pried out of the prehensile grip of the people running things, we can't know for sure -- is nothing less than a corporatist-style military coup: the takeover of a small town in Montana by a politically connected, federally subsidized paramilitary organization.
They're talking, but saying nothing: APF spokeswoman Becky Shay (left) and corporate official "Captain" Michael Hilton.
At a press conference a few days ago, Becky Shay grandly announced that "The decision is the name of the parent company will not be released."
Suspicions were immediately aroused that APF is a tentacle of the corporatist mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater, but now doing business under the odd name Xe (pronounced "Zee"). However, a press spokeswoman for Xe informed Pro Libertate that "We have no connection to that company, and had never heard of it" prior to recent developments in Montana.
Hardin may well be the first of many economically devastated communities to be given a lifeline by the burgeoning military-homeland security-prison-industrial complex. Lifelines of that kind can quickly become nooses.
(Watch this space for more details as they become available....)
UPDATE: Is the Balloon Going Up -- or is the Curtain Rising on a Farce?
My first reaction when I read a write-up of recent events in Hardin was that it was a retread of every "Blue Scare" story I had dealt with more than a decade and a half ago as a researcher at The New American magazine. (Here's a link to the radio program I did on Monday in which I first addressed the developments in Hardin.)
Right up until the OKC bombing there was a steady stream of alarmist rumors -- many of them provoked by events at Waco and Ruby Ridge -- of various paramilitary forces gathering in obscure, distant locations to wreak havoc on innocent people. Often the accounts would include vague but insistent references to the involvement of foreign troops wearing UN insignia (hence the expression "Blue Scare" as a generic description).
What made those stories credible at all was the fact that the government ruling us had displayed an uncanny ability to exceed our lowest expectations. There's certainly an element of that at work regarding the Hardin story: The militarization of law enforcement is a documentable menace, as is the increasing impunity with which police inflict lethal or near-lethal violence on innocent citizens. The preparations for outright military rule are likewise very real, and disturbing.
Still, there is something utterly surreal about the Hardin case; it's as if some kind of martial law melodrama were being played out as an enhanced "reality" program -- something like Red Dawn meets Jericho with a touch of the Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" broadcast added for good measure.
As much as it would pain me to have been played in this fashion, I'm hoping that's what we're dealing with here. In any case, I intend to visit Hardin, find out what I can, and publish what I learn. Perhaps by then this whole thing will have proven to be an elaborate version of "Punk'd." We'll soon see....
One last thought.
Shortly before the brilliant and principled people* running The New American decided they'd be better off without my services, I wrote a piece in which I made the following prediction:
"[E]ver-mounting debt, the impendingcollapse of the dollar, and the unfolding garrison state--could lead to some exceptionally unpleasant outcomes. For instance: it is possible that someday in the not too distant future a foreign interest like China, Russia, or Saudi Arabia could be in charge of our prison system....
Foreign lenders are preparing to buy our country out from underneath us, taking advantage of the dollar's decline and the desperation of cash-strapped state and local governments. Notes a recent USA Today front page story: "States and local governments across the USA are preparing to cash in valuable public assets for one-time windfalls that could reap tens of billions of dollars. The deals would let governments collect billions of extra dollars without raising taxes but would reduce their future revenue."
Highways, airports, state student-loan portfolios, sewer systems, state-run lotteries--all of these are being put up for sale. Could jails and prisons be put on the auction block, as well--as post-9/11 America takes an ominous turn in the direction of a police state? With more than two million residing behind bars in the United States, and states and municipalities increasingly turning to private, for-profit entities to run these facilities, the possibility really can't be dismissed outright. Beijing, Moscow, and Riyadh all have large dollar reserves and a lot of experience in the field of incarceration. This scenario is just one of several ugly possibilities arising from our present circumstances. "
("21st Century Feudalism," TNA, August 7, 2006; don't look for it on the magazine's website, since the folks in charge are busy scrubbing it of any evidence that someone named William Norman Grigg once wrote for that publication).
Assuming that the American Police Force isn't some kind of farcical reality theater road troupe, there's reason to believe its parent company has connections with some interesting people in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Once again, I'll keep looking, so please keep reading.
Second Update: Should We Call Him "Captain" Harold Hill?
Here's a significant piece of background info on "Captain Michael Hilton," the Montenegrin Mountebank running AFP:
[...] [W]hen Hilton came to town last week — wearing a military-style uniform and offering three Mercedes SUVs for use by local law enforcement — he was greeted with hugs by some grateful residents. The promise of more than 200 new jobs for a community struggling long before the recession hit had won them over.
But public documents and interviews with Hilton's associates and legal adversaries offer a different picture, that of a convicted felon with a number of aliases, a string of legal judgments against him, two bankruptcies and a decades-long reputation for deals gone bad.
American Police Force is the company Hilton formed in March to take over the Hardin jail.
"Such schemes you cannot believe," said Joseph Carella, an Orange County, Calif. doctor and co-defendant with Hilton in a real estate fraud case that resulted in a civil judgment against Hilton and several others.
"The guy's brilliant. If he had been able to do honest work, he probably would have been a gazillionaire," Carella said.
Court documents show Hilton has outstanding judgments against him in three civil cases totaling more than $1.1 million.
As for Hilton's military expertise, including his claim to have advised forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, those interviewed knew of no such feats. Instead, Hilton was described alternately by those who know him as an arts dealer, cook, restaurant owner, land developer, loan broker and car salesman — always with a moneymaking scheme in the works.
Hilton did not return several calls seeking comment. American Police Force attorney Maziar Mafi referred questions to company spokeswoman Becky Shay.
When asked about court records detailing Hilton's past, Shay replied, "The documents speak for themselves. If anyone has found public documents, the documents are what they are."
Shay declined comment on Hilton's military experience....
Hilton, 55, uses the title "captain" when introducing himself and on his business cards. But he acknowledged it was not a military rank.
He said he is naturalized U.S. citizen and native of Montenegro. Aliases for Hilton that appear in court documents include Miodrag Dokovich, Michael Hamilton, Hristian Djokich and Michael Djokovich.
One attorney who dealt with Hilton in a fraud lawsuit referred to him as a "chameleon" and he has a reputation for winning people over with his charm.
His criminal record goes back to at least 1988, when Hilton was arrested in Santa Ana, Calif. for writing bad checks.
Beginning in 1993, Hilton spent six years in prison in California on a dozen counts of grand theft and other charges including illegal diversion of construction funds.
The charges included stealing $20,000 in a real estate swindle in which Hilton convinced an associate to give him a deed on property in Long Beach, Calif., ostensibly as collateral on a loan. Hilton turned around and sold the property to another party but was caught when the buyer contacted the original owner.
After his release, he got entangled in at least three civil lawsuits alleging fraud or misrepresentation. Those included luring investors to sink money into gold and silver collectible coins; posing as a fine arts dealer in Utah in order to convince a co uple to give him a $100,000 silver statue; and, in the case involving co-defendant Carella, seeking investors for an assisted living complex in Southern California that was never built.
Carella said he was duped into becoming a partner in the development project and that Hilton used Carella's status as a physician to lure others into the scheme. He was described in court testimony as a "pawn" used by Hilton to lure investors.
Those involved with Hilton say he is an accomplished cook with a flair for the extravagant — wining and dining potential partners, showing up at the Utah couple's house to negotiate for the silver statue in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes.
"This is the way we got taken," said Carolyn Call of Provo, Utah, who said she gave Hilton her family's silver statue to sell on the open market.
According to court documents, Hilton turned around and gave the statue to an attorney to pay for his services.
Two California attorneys said Wednesday that after learning of Hilton's latest activities they planned to follow him to Montana to seek payment on the outstanding judgments against him.
"Once I know that there is an asset or some sort of funds to go after, we'll go after it," said Call's attorney, Roger Naghash.
This doesn't answer everything, but it does suggest that we can stand down from General Quarters -- even though we should still keep our powder dry, as it were.
I think it's appropriate, once again, to refer to my radio program from Monday night in which I first dealt with the news out of Hardin.
(Thanks to "piglipstick" for the link.)
*Need I say that I was being sarcastic?
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I wonder which one will kick off martial law. Swine flu? Weimar Republic inflation? Illegal immigrants? Dissent against Barack Barry Obamessiah? Does this mean I won't be able to use twitter and facebook anymore?! *sniffle* Hopefully the shiny prison is wifi capable! Looks like Blackwater-SS will be turned on us after all, and here I thought Blackwater was on a crusade against those evul mooselums.
Montana Town Occupied By Private Paramilitary Security Force
Published on 09-29-2009
By Paul Joseph Watson
A private security force whose biggest role is helping the U.S. government to “combat terrorism” is now patrolling the streets of a town in Montana, acting as law enforcement but accountable to nobody and operating completely outside the limitations of the U.S. constitution in a chilling throwback to the brownshirts of Nazi Germany.
The American Police Force organization is a paramilitary unit that “provides surveillance, investigative, and military services across the world,” according to its website, which shows men dressed in military fatigues carrying machine guns.
“As part of our mission, APF plays a critical role in helping the U.S. government meet vital homeland security and national defense needs. Within the last 5 years the United States has been far and away our #1 client. Technologies, programs, and services performed by APF have played a very important role in U.S. military and civilian efforts to protect our homeland and combat terrorism,” the website states.
APF were originally contracted to provide security at a previously empty detention center in Hardin, a small town in Montana, but are now patrolling the streets driving SUV’s with “Police Department” printed on them despite the fact that Hardin doesn’t have a police department. American Police Force has no jurisdiction in the area because it is a private organization, not a police force.
According to Two Rivers Authority officials, having the private security force patrol the streets was not part of the contract. “I have no idea. I really don’t because that’s not been a part of any of the discussions we’ve had with any of them,” Two Rivers Authority’s Al Peterson told KULR 8 News. Peterson said that patrolling the streets was on the “wishlist” of APF’s Captain Michael.
The American Police Force is a shady outfit shrouded in suspicion. According to an Associated Press report, questions over the legitimacy of the organization abound.
“Government contract databases show no record of the company. Security industry representatives and federal officials said they had never heard of it. On its Web site, the company lists as its headquarters a building in Washington near the White House that holds “virtual offices.” A spokeswoman for the building said American Police Force never completed its application to use the address,” reports AP.
Furthermore, APF was tasked with filling the empty Hardin detention center with inmates, without any clear indication of where those prisoners would come from.
“It’s unclear where the company will get the inmates for the jail. Montana says it’s not sending inmates to the jail, and neither are federal officials in the state,” according to the report.
Maybe the inmates will be the local population of Hardin if American Police Force is allowed to continue to pose as a law enforcement outfit in the town, which is exactly what they intend to do for at least another month.
Having a private security force whose stated mission is to help the U.S. government “combat terrorism” patrol the streets of small towns in America without even having the authority to do so from local authorities is obviously a frightening pretext and harks back to the private paramilitary forces that helped Adolf Hitler rise to power in Nazi Germany.
Many fear that if martial law is declared in response to a flu pandemic or other emergency, private security forces such as APF will be used by the government to oppress citizens by operating outside of the law.
This is completely unconstitutional and a flagrant threat to the liberty and security of the population of Hardin. The County Sheriff is effectively breaking the law if he doesn’t immediately kick APF out of the area and end the occupation of the town by a private paramilitary army.
Check out the symbols and crests noted here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_Unity_Saves_the_Serbs and then re-look at the corporate logo in this article. Odd, huh.
Shays' transformation into official corporate mouth piece reminded me of an episode back in Midland Texas where I once lived. At the time the powers that be wanted to ram through more bond elections (i.e. "debt" onto the backs of you and me for pet projects) to build a sports complex to the tune of multiple millions and millions of dollars. So what did they do? They hired a local news anchor away from her job and golden parachuted her into a hefty tax payer subsidised salary in order to roll out press releases and get people "educated" as to the all of a sudden "need" for the oncoming white elephant with the equally enormous price tag. I didn't think it was possible to be paid so well for doing so little but she must have bamboozled and lied enough that they got the results they wanted and the subsequent tax burden on the proles. The double indignity to me were those people who voted for this dreck only to be transfered to Houston and thus leaving the rest of us with the tab. Voting is easy if you don't pay the bill. What I see in this Montana case is an absurdity that needs to be answered. Namely, how did people fall for this albatross? Clearly the city good-ole-boys are playing hush hush to cover up the incompetence and probable corruption involved in its birth.
The ghoulish freakiness only gets weirder. Forget a free market economy built upon real wealth and real work - no we now have a lock down ekkkonomy built upon graft, corruption and parasitism.
Ah yes the Land of the Freaks and the Home of the Knaves.
- S. Bevin
This has to be a joke. I mean come on, the theme of Star Trek: Enterprise? That show sucked more than anything could suck.
I live in Hardin. I am 16 and I was present in the first town hall meeting. Captain Mike, his assistant, and another woman were there and they speak some Slavic sounding dialect. His english is broken and he uses other people to speak for him. Kerri Smith, who is running for mayor has told us straight up "If you all just go along with APF, there will be no problems." She said the same thing live in an interview with KULR8. We HAVE a sheriff department here in town and they patrol and respond to our emergencies. Last week the town council suddenly disbanded them saying we are going to have a private police force and that the sheriff department can stay only long enough to help set it up.
We are told things here which are scary. In the meeting I was in, the APF spokesperson said:
1. There will be a dog training facility built.
2. There will be a police and other law enforcement training facility built.
3. There will be a forensics lab built that is state of the art.
4. They will build a homeless shelter. (WHAT??? We HAVE no homeless!!!)
5. The man named Al Peterson is my school's superintendent. He is somehow involved deeply with APF. He said that we would no longer have to walk our streets in fear of being raped or attacked.
I am a cheerleader and in damn good shape. I can tell you that I walk all over this town and me and my girlfriends go anywhere we want. The worse thing ever is when a drunk makes a lewd comment. There is NO crime in my town except for the drunks on the street. I am feeling like someone thinks we are all sheep and blind so we need this company to save us. I am scared more of what's coming than what is here.
Here's a post I made to the Georgia Outdoor News political forum earlier today:
The whole story is weird.
The website, which is back up, looks like it was put together in about 5 minutes and the copy looks like it was written by a 3rd grader (no offense intended to 3rd graders).
The jack booted thugs in masks pointing their weapons at the camera make me think of third world military dictatorships, not the land of the free and home of the brave.
The jail cell bars reflected in the eye in one of the photos is a nice touch, as is the Serbian crest which serves as the company's logo.
American Police Force. Sure thing.
Looks like a government front organization, but I'm not sure whose government.
We still don't know why they were masquerading as the Hardin PD.
Don't ya just feel safer and kinda warm all over knowing that APF is on the job?
Will - you need to see this. The day is soon approaching when every awakened citizens car will be equipped with one of these.
The photographs on that website are bizarre. There's one of a guy holding a pistol in each hand. Unless this is some kind of clever viral marketing for some upcoming action movie, it seems that this site is designed to intimidate us directly, rather than advertise to people who would avail themselves of this company's services... whatever they are.
Blackwater eh? With all of the Serbian symbolism, I'd suspect the CIAs pet Euro terror group, the KLA, make up much of the key personnel.
Kerri Smith “We can’t panic, you just go with the flow and everything will be fine”
So we have a handful of residents seeing a big payoff for this grand betrayal, herding the town into some hideous evil. In at least a few places I've lived on this earth, there would already be sniper fire on these clowns. It's not that I am eager to see bloodshed, but I find there is something missing from the picture drawn for me so far.
I think its no coincidence that this happened in Montana, a state that has been active politically in fighting to maintain its state sovereignty.
Remember how the Romans kept a military garrison at Fort Antonia adjacent to Solomon's temple? They knew if there was to be any insurrections by the uppity conquered citizens, it would happen there.
This is just a case of the JBT's practicing the tactic of keeping you friends close, and your enemies closer.
Just read an article stating that these paramilitary poseurs are setting up roadblocks and told one local shop owner that they have a registry of all gun owners. Hopefully the Quislings who allowed these imposters into to town get hauled off first.
This is a prime example of what a citizens militia exists for. Regulating against a armed group moving into the area and trying to set up a monopoly of force to be used against the local inhabitants.
The Sheriff should form a posse, deputize the members, and run the trash out of town. And if he will not act, Then the people of Hardin and surrounding area should.
Try this in our area of Vermont and we will treat your hired guns as our personnel supply dump and training aids...
The world saw what happened when Serbs ran a "holding facility". Mass graves resulted. NIMBY!
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Hopefully the Quislings who allowed these imposters into to town get hauled off first.
I have a feeling that said "Quislings" are going to be the first to be "taken out" once a sufficient number of people wake up to what's truly going on and decide to take action.
Workingstiff is probably correct in that the choice of a Montana town for this prototype operation was no accident. The Illuminati of the Northeast are well aware of the fact that the greatest concentration of potential resistance to the New World Order is among the population of the Rocky Mountain region, with Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, in particular, being key centers of potential opposition.
All I can say is that we're all in for some very interesting times in the months and years ahead.
Keep an eye on the facility. Are you sure it's empty?
Facility would just about fit every member of Congress....
"The world saw what happened when Serbs ran a "holding facility". Mass graves resulted. NIMBY!"...
Don't go there. So many lies and disinformation about that whole sordid episode. If Uncle Sam was involved in any way, and it was, then you KNOW it was a lie.
Eerie that they should so gleefully point assault weapons around. Gee! A small town gets literally taken over with nary a peep, for no reason, and where pray tell is the major media? Why the silence?
Good grief! I wish that the date was April 1, or that some less reliable character than Bill Grigg had posted this, so that I could at least entertain the possibility that it was some kind of elaborate hoax. Could AFP be a Blackwater wannabe, rather than directly connected? Not that Blackwater isn't capable of this kind of despicable behavior, but I had the impression that they were more professional and competent thugs than seem to be depicted here. And what is with the handicapped parking spaces in the lead picture? I am opposed to mandating such things, but even I know they are supposed to be done in blue paint.
People of Hardin, Montana and vicinity - hopefully you are well provisioned with .50 BMG - you may need it soon...
This country is so damn creepy.
Censorship is evil.
Agree with the other Anonymous at 3:01 PM.
If it becomes clear in the coming days that this is not the intention, then I hope the Sheriff deputizes the local citizens and runs them out like Toaster 802 suggested.
So it has really begun now. A precedent is set; by a foreign commanded rouge agency no less. And like always, everyone is going to sit around and bitch about it, until one pops up in your town. You will hear of people being taken to them, that will be the next waft of news.
Wont matter, your 'safe' in your little house. But you will still bitch about it. One day though, they will be coming for you.
And you will sit as they haul you off, still bitching about it.
Well, the only thing making the Serbian crest different from the APF logo is the fact that the APF logo is missing the cross atop the crown. Classy.
Serbia. Faint rumblings of WWIII.
Notice the RED SHIELD in the coat of arms stylized company logo...
"Red shield" in German translates to ROTHSCHILD.
just remember you people in hardin. The new fire arms defence bill that just passed. If these people come after you, arrest you, or anything to deprive you of your liberty, you can shoot first and ask questions later. These all constitute kidnapping because these guys have no authority over anyone, they have not been sworn in they have not been elected, they have no oath to the constitution. If you see them harm or arrest any one you can shoot them to protect your neighbor. This will be a good challenge to that wonderful bill.
The choice of a small MT town for this kind of activity is actually a smart choice for a such an endeavor.
Anyone who has lived in a small community in a rural area knows that anything that brings economic opportunity, or at least appears to do so, is embraced with open arms by the powers that be. I'm quite sure that the $60K/yr salary is substantially more than the median income available in the area, and that is all it took to get a local mouth piece.
While most in those communities would want to project the image of fierce independence, they are often more susceptible than most to monetary gains - even at the expense of liberty.
Now if these newly minted tyrants raise the ire of the locals, I suspect many of their numbers might become fare for the bear bait can . . .
Which is as it should be.
My belief is that ultimately we have to accept that the only way to prevail against the tyranny that is overtaking us is to be willing to be as ruthless, if not more so, than our oppressors. It is the only thing they know.
Hang 'em high and hang 'em often . . . We will have to get to that point to break the back of Leviathan.
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Oh yes, I especially liked Sarina's post. She describes what growing up in small town amerika used to be like - safe for a young person to walk any street in town and the worst thing you have to worry about are the occasional lewd remarks from those who've spent a bit too much time in the tavern. Probably have more to worry about from errant critters wandering into town . . .
I hate to think that that quality of the country I thought I grew up in is rapidly becoming extinct.
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Anonymous @ 2:30 am,
You said: "Blackwater eh? With all of the Serbian symbolism, I'd suspect the CIAs pet Euro terror group, the KLA, make up much of the key personnel."
Serbia is a Russian Orthodox country, as are the Serbian people. The KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) which was backed by NATO and the US in the Kosovo conflict, is a Muslim organization of mostly ethnic Albanians.
I seriously doubt the "APF" with that logo has anything to do with the Muslim KLA or Muslim Albania.
On Wikipedia, you may see the Serbian National Coat of Arms, which, mysteriously, is virtually identical to the APF logo:
"APF" is an extremist right-wing group, which has nothing to do with Blackwater. I understand from my contacts in US Army Intelligence rhat "APF" is under investigation by the FBI. They are being funded by two very wealthy ultra-right-wing persons who are not named, they claim they are incorporated in California which they are not, and they offered to accept all the Guantanamo prisoners in their new jail in Hardin, after the Supreme Court under Bush indicated Gitmo had to be shut down or the prisoners tried. The failure of Senator McCain to get elected squashed their brilliant business plan. The Obama Government has no interest in moving Gitmo to Montana, and nobody else has any interest in housing their inmates there either, and so the jail sits empty.
As for the "APF" website and its photos, I seriously doubt that a private "police" force has license from the BATF to use machine guns (with silencers, no less, according to the photos - not something which is issued even to real police forces,) and Apache helicopters with air-to-ground missiles.
There are about a dozen people (or less) in the whole organization. Their bombastic and hyperbolic website is pure fantasy bull-crap, with hired actors in costume playing soldier.
says in part: "The lead public figure for American Police Force, Michael Hilton, said more than 200 employees would be sought for the jail...[T]he company's flashy arrival this week stirred new questions. The logo on the black Mercedes SUVs said “City of Hardin Police Department.” Yet the city has not had a police force of its own for 30 years.....The city is now under the jurisdiction of the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office (Contrary to what Sarina @ 11:04 pm claims, above,)...Hilton said the vehicles would be handed over to the city if it forms a police force of its own. Members of Montana's congressional delegation say they have been closely monitoring the events in Hardin."
I would not lose any sleep over this one. The only losers are the gullible investors who bought Hardin jail bonds and the Hardin citizens who will someday have to repay them. If the "APF" makes one step out of line, their ass is grass.
Lemuel -- Did you happen to see my recent update? The more I look into this, the more suspicious I become that this is something more akin to "The Music Man" than to "Red Dawn."
At least, that's what I hope is happening here.
Could you drop me a line via e-mail?
No, I had not seen your update - you posted it while I was looking into the story and writing my own submission. I think you have it pretty accurately - the Gubmint and the thugs who work for them are pretty bad, as you often point out on your site, but in this instance it is a private right-wing wannabe or wannabes with access to enough funding to create a website which is hysterically overblown, and to subvert a small hick town in rural Montana. Go take a look at the town website - the Mayor looks OK, but some of the other leading lights of the town look like advertisements for a snake-worshipping church in the Ozarks.
Double-headed eagles and imperial crowns and Cyrillic "sigmas" indeed. There are a whole slew of movies that come to mind of which this outfit is reminiscent.
When circus clowns like this try to play cops and robbers, we may be glad the thugs of Gubmint are, for once, on our side.
It's way past my bedtime. I'll write you in the morning. Sleep well.
So there we all sat. Our legs and hands fettered with chains. So we beat them to death with our tongues.
I am amazed when I look at all the pictures of people being executed by being shot in the back of the head next to a mass grave.
THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO FIGHT. WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO LOSE BY SPITTING IN THEIR FACES OR PUNCHING THE EXECUTIONER IN THE MOUTH?
They all took a bullet to the head like sheep.
And people wonder how Nazi Germany happened.
Single-Payer GRAYSON Single-Payer
...It would have been just too damn expensive to remove all that asbestos from the Twin Towers...
As the 9/12 Tea Party looks into the events of 9/11 they have many questions concerning the Official Story.
They know not to trust the Government & Media.
Only the guilty fear inquiry.
An ill wind comes arising
Across the cities of the plain
There's no swimming in the heavy water
No singing in the acid rain
Wouldn't it be spiffy if someone hacked their website and replaced the pictures with pictures of people being lined up against a wall and shot for treason? What kind of a message would that send?
Hey, don't look at me. I barely know basic HTML. You're on your own there.
3400 population in Hardin. The commenter who pegged the Red Shield Rothschild imprimatur had it right on target. This piece of trash has Illuminati all over it- the two headed phoenix couldnt be more blatant cliche NWO symbol. the City of London crown atop the entire logo is just the Jacobin icing on the "let them eat cake" decor. The people remind one of the townsmen outside the village of Auchwitz- see nothing but a paycheck and to hell with all else. Like the American public who revoted 98% of the same congressmen in who had voted for the traitorous trillion dollar bailout that destroyed the country out from under them. It takes collusion and apathy at all levels to enable such treason- A town utterly corrupt, from the bottom to the top, like the country that birthed it. Tragic and sad.
So where are all the militia's?
I think they are still at Ruby Ridge and Waco, still doing what they do best.......NOTHING!!!!!
The Sheriff IS the supreme law of the land and has ultimate authority. If this Mickey Mouse police force is allowed to persist and act like Keystone cops, then the sheriff must be in collusion with them. And he should be treated as such when the SHTF.
The company logo is identical to the Serbian crown coat of arms. Here is a link to wiki; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Serbia
Without the crown and the ermine, it is the Serbian nation coat of arms thus making it a kingdom without a king.
The firm, American Police Force, is Israeli but the Serbian connection puzzles me. It might worthwhile to investigate whether there is also a connection with Blackwater.
NO! They should NOT be run out of town. They should be hung in a bublic place and their bodies hung in state until sundown. And that means any and all involved no matter how high up or low down.
A few like that and it will end it all over.
This is (IMHO) a penny stock scam. Look closely for a publicly held, microcap "security" company in Alpharetta Georgia. And then look at the sotck activity since April. Hmmmmm. Capt. Michael Noname, indeed.
The Sheriff NEEDS to arrest these people for CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION of a POLICE OFFICER and collect their cars for an auction and use that money to help the town out. I this happened where I live these zeros would have been put in jail already.
This is my first time reading your blog and I can't seem to tear myself away. Truth, courage and wit! May God bless you and keep you and your family well, blessed, and happy!
I wanted to send this as a private email,but couldn't find your email address, so feel free to delete it after reading.
I just read in a couple of pieces that you and especially your wife have health issues. I know you are doing and are trying everything, as one who has buried a loving husband after a chronic illness can know and hesitate to offer any advice, but I recently came across a website that has so much unbiased, documented, anti government line advice that I wish I had come across before, and I wanted to share it with you:raypeat.com. Sorry for the long sentences and for interfering, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't try.
PS His stuff is kind of technical, but well-explained and gets into the crux of many of our health problems.
I wrote on another blog (Sipsey Street) last night that this Michael Hilton sounds like the 21st Century version of The Music Man, or a military version of a traveling vinyl siding salesman. Will's posting at Lew Rockwell this morning adds to my suspicions.
thats the SERBIAN coat of arms they are displaying.
This site has a lot of information that seems to point to exactly what Will Grigg said: the guy's just a huckster. A snake-oil salesman.
From an AP article from that link, dated today, October 1,
"Michael Hilton of American Police Force arrived in Hardin with promises of Mercedes police cars and expertise in operating prisons. He delivered the cars last week, but may have learned about prisons following a 1993 conviction for grand theft.
Public records from police and state and federal courts in California show that Michael Anthony Hilton, using that name and more than a dozen aliases over several years, is cited in multiple criminal, civil and bankruptcy cases, and was sentenced in 1993 to two years in state prison in California.
Hilton pleaded guilty in March 1993 to 14 felonies, including 10 counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft and three counts of diversion of construction funds, according to Orange County court records. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.
Court records in that case list his real name as Michael Hilton, but they also include the aliases Midrag Ilia Dokovitch, Midrag Ilia Dokovich and Michael Miodrag.
Hilton, who speaks heavily accented English, has told reporters that he is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Montenegro, a country bordering Serbia, and once part of the former Republic of Yugoslavia."
Just a pogue. A dime a dozen.
It appears as if the people of Hardin have forgotten that the County Sheriff is the highest law in the county, being ELECTED by the people. The Sheriff has the final say concerning lawful matters, and has the power to exclude or arrest anyone, including the Feds who violate his orders. If he violates his oath to uphold the Constitution, he himself is liable to arrest. Where does he stand on this issue?
I read most of the posts and i will read them all later. What struck me most was the relationship to the Serbs and their prominent postion in the project. I never could understand why the U.S. took Serbia's side in the "war" against Bosnia. If I remember correctly Bosnia is mostly Christian and was America's ally in WW2. Weren't the Serb's mostly Muslem and terrorising the Bosnian's? I've been to Russia and have had some contact and knowledge of Slavic criminals and 'ruthless' is the best word that I can come up with for their behavior, and they really dislike "WASPS".
Regarding the wars of Balkan secession, here's how I understand the sordid mess:
The Serbs are, for the most part, Eastern Orthodox Christians. They have generally been pro-U.S. The Serb Chetniks fought the Axis in WWII and were also anti-Communist. Since then, Serbs have been generally pro-U.S., despite being ruled by Communist thugs -- first Tito, then the late, unlamented Milosevic (who was most likely murdered in prison at The Hague).
The Croats are, for the most part, Roman Catholic. The Ustashe rump state in WWII was pro-Nazi.
"Bosnia" was never a separate entity per se until the '95 Dayton accords, which made it a Muslim-dominated statelet administered by NATO under UN supervision.
Washington has never been pro-Serb. It bombed Bosnian Serbs in '95 and (via a mercenary cut-out called MPRI) organized a Croatian offensive, in tandem with NATO airstrikes, that drove hundreds of thousands of Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia. Many of them ended up in Kosovo, and were driven out of that Serbian territory when NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days in 1999.
There was plenty of nastiness to go around during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, and we should have simply butted the hell out.
The city council can't do anything that the people themselves don't allow. If they do, then the people can disban THEM. But, I'm not sure that an elected sheriff can just be done away with at the city level. That's not where that office was created! The Sheriff has more power than the city. All he has to do is deputize all the men in the county and arrest the entire city council...
We're spending $4.5B to build a new DHS building in Washington. DHS is spending$15M on a border crossing in Whitetail that averages 22 cars per day, and $15M in Scobey that averages 2 cars per day. How is it that the DHS is unable to pick up threats like fraudsters taking over prisons, police departments and towns? Is it true that AFP is Israeli? That might explain it.
I read two articles yesterday (Vidal & WSJ) about the possibility of martial law coming to America. It's going to happen as it has in other countries recently.
I like this website.
There's a new, underground book just out about the 2nd American Revolution it's really about what's nxt for us. Read it & see what's in store for ur town.
"The Serbs are, for the most part, Eastern Orthodox Christians. They have generally been pro-U.S. The Serb Chetniks fought the Axis in WWII and were also anti-Communist. Since then, Serbs have been generally pro-U.S., despite being ruled by Communist thugs -- first Tito, then the late, unlamented Milosevic (who was most likely murdered in prison at The Hague)."
Thank you, I always get it mixed up and yes we "we should have simply butted the hell out.
Kinda weird that, the APF choose almost an exact copy of the 33rd degree masonic symbol as their logo, I am sure that was unintentional lol
Thank you for your good work through the years. I'm posting a copy of my letter to the Sheriff of Big Horn County, Montana, sent September 30, 2009. (This will take two consecutive postings.)
Sheriff Big Hair,
Pertaining to current events in Hardin, Montana, County of Big Horn, I would like to introduce myself and the organization which I represent in the state of Montana.
My name is Elias Alias and I am a resident of Gallatin County, Montana. I am an honorably-discharged U.S. Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War. I write this to you as the Montana director for a national organization known as Oath Keepers. < http://www.oathkeepers.org >
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.”
I am writing to address two alleged crimes in your jurisdiction and invite you to consider carefully your obligations under the law.
As a Montanan and as an Oath Keeper, it has come to my attention that some persons presently positioned in Hardin, Montana, which is in your lawful jurisdiction as County Sheriff, have posed publicly and illegally as police officers. I am certain that a brief re-examination of codes will verify my assertion that it is a violation of City, County, and State law to impersonate a police officer.
As the highest law enforcement authority in your County, by U.S. Constitutional mandate, your duty as County Sheriff includes the arrest of and detention of criminals who violate the law in your jurisdiction. As a duly-elected Sheriff, you swore an oath to the U.S. Constitution and to the Montana Constitution.
The criminals who are presently impersonating police officers are blatantly visible, and have been documented by various state and national news sources, including the following at KULR channel 8 in Billings, Montana –
That is “on-the-record” evidence of the commission of a crime. I submit that it is your duty to investigate this matter and render legal justice.
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Additionally, I am reminded by Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association < http://www.mtssa.org/ > of the following:
In the Montana Constitution you shall read: Article II, Section 33. "Importation of armed persons. No armed person or persons or armed body of men shall be brought into this state for the preservation of the peace, or the suppression of domestic violence, except upon the application of the legislature, or of the governor when the legislature cannot be convened."
The presence of a mysterious company, its personnel and physical assets, in Hardin, Montana, may be a corporate-sponsored violation of Article II, Section 33 of the Montana Constitution. Therefore I am requesting that you act in your authority as County Sheriff to investigate the American Police Force company which is presently functioning in the city of Hardin, Montana. Grounds for suspicion and some credible tips from the media and citizenry are worthy of gravity in your consideration of your duties as Sheriff of Bighorn County. Examples –
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/09/29/crimesider/entry5351491.shtml
From that article: “The agreement with American Police Force has been heavily promoted by members of the city's economic development branch, the Two Rivers Authority. Authority Vice President Albert Peterson on Friday repeated his claim to be “100 percent” confident in the company. The lead public figure for American Police Force, Michael Hilton, said more than 200 employees would be sought for the jail and a proposed military and law enforcement training center… Hilton also said he planned a helicopter tour of the region in coming days to look at real estate for a planned tactical military training ground. He said 5,000 to 10,000 acres were needed to complement the training center, a $17 million project. But the company's flashy arrival this week stirred new questions. The logo on the black Mercedes SUVs said “City of Hardin Police Department. Yet the city has not had a police force of its own for 30 years”.
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From the Private Corrections Institute - http://www.privateci.org/rap_amerpol.html - you may read:
Two Rivers Detention Center, Hardin, Montana
September 28, 2009 KULR 8
Confusion and secrecy about American Police Force has grown during the last few weeks. "APF has been here for 10 months but it has never been stealth," said APF spokesperson Becky Shay at a press conference on Saturday morning. The group announced its plans to fill the $27 million dollar detention facility and build a police training center next to the jail. While they gave details for the site, other questions went unanswered. Where will the prisoners come from? What experience does APF have in prisoners and training police officers? Why was Two Rivers Authority Executive Director Greg Smith placed on administrative leave? During the press conference APF also refused to release any information on its funding or organization "The decision is the name of the parent company will not be released," said Shay. When questioned about the decision to show up in Hardin last week in vehicles with "Hardin Police" templates, members were brief in their explanation. "They are to show are intentions are good," said APF leader Captain Michael Hilton. "Why not put an APF logo on it," said Shay. "You know we're getting there." All of the decals were removed from the vehicles two days later. APF has consistently stated the community has nothing to fear and says its plans will help stimulate the Hardin economy. "This corporation's intention is to buy local and stay local and do local business as much as we can," said Shay. Residents appear split in their feelings over the company. Some want more information, but others believe it will be a tremendous boost to the area. The company plans to hold a job fair in Hardin the third week of October. Another development this weekend was the naming of Shay as APF's new public relations director. Shay was a reporter with the Billings Gazette who had covered the detention facility story for last few years."
I submit that the above is sufficient evidence for investigating the American Police Force company’s activities inside your County. But whether your investigation ultimately proves that Article II, Section 33 of the Montana Constitution has been violated, or not, the crime of impersonating a police officer has obviously been committed by the drivers of the company’s vehicles which advertised said vehicles to be assets of a non-existing Hardin Police department. Although not a resident of your County, I am requesting a written response to these allegations. Thank you.
I invite you to call me for more information about Oath Keepers, the apolitical organization which reminds our military and law-enforcement personnel to honor their oaths. I am sending to your office a packet containing Oath Keepers information and a personal invitation for you, your staff, and your deputies to join Oath Keepers. I invite you to side with the people of your County and of Montana in exercising your proper authority to investigate these allegations and render justice under the law you’ve sworn to uphold.
Because of the gravity in this situation, I would like to introduce you to a former Sheriff who will gladly share with you the Constitutional requirements which your oath of service carries. Sheriff Richard Mack - http://www.sheriffmack.com/ Your office should have already received by mail a copy of Sheriff Mack’s book, The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope, available also at his website. Please read that book if you’ve not already done so.
All contact information will follow by U.S. mail.
Thank you for your service to the people of Bighorn County. Thank you for doing the right thing.
Elias Alias – Director, Montana Oath Keepers http://www.oathkeepers.org
Those who make the statement that sheriffs are the highest law in their counties (and thus charged with upholding, defending, and enforcing the state and U.S. Constitutions as law of the land) are technically correct. Sadly, however, it has become clear in recent decades that not only the sheriffs themselves, but the people who elect them to office are ignorant of that fact. In the age of federal subsidy of --and thus federal control over-- every level of "law enforcement" in this country, sheriffs have become stooges for the central state, flunkies to carry out Washington's orders, directly or indirectly, without question. Otherwise they and their jurisdictions risk loss of federal funding, or, worse still, outright invasion and occupation by an alphabet soup of armed federal "law enforcement" agencies (just ask the good citizens of Waco, Texas) or even federally-co-opted national guard units. Thus in a mere century has the office of sheriff sunk from that of supreme local guarantor of citizens' and states' rights against federal encroachment to armed vassal of those very federal powers. How wonderful it would be if popular pressure from the citizens of Hardin was to force the local county sheriff's hand, resulting in one of those oh-so-rare instances of a sheriff actually carrying out the duties of his/her office.
As for "Michael Hilton", while it's highly probable that he's simply a common petty thief who took advantage of an opportunity to fleece a town full of rubes (and his gullible investors), I wouldn't put it past the fedthugs to leverage his criminality in a "useful idiot" role for planting the prototype seeds of martial law, if nothing else but for experimental purposes.
As I read this guy's resume a trend seems to appear. He seems to delve into businesses that are headed for bubble territory. Now that the housing bubble has been given the big prick of economic reality, this modern day snake oil salesman has jumped on board the Terrorism/Security bandwagon - another Bubble Epoch in the making. Fortunately when this bubble bursts so will Fed Guv. Down the drain will go all of these useless govt agencies like DHS and along with them will be the parasitical leeches and hanger ons like APF. Maybe then we can finally experience freedom once again.
Keep us posted on this unhearlded event. It truly does sound very familiar to the things I recall from the Europe of 1930's & '40's! I could only condone this if they were to begin rounding up all of the Illegal Aliens for deportation before Obummer declares 100% Amnesty for them so that they can vote for him!
In some states the sheriff can even tell the feds to get out of that jurisdiction. (check local statutes for this it might not be in all 50 states)
We are coming to pay Kerry wench a visit.
not to worry
Note to those keyboard commando trolls on the payroll that insist we do something, action speaks louder you set it off and we'll follow your lead or laugh our asses off at your futile attempt.
It's funny how so many people think we are headed for a Nazi dictatorship. There was a real danger of it under Bush and the Republicans - they almost succeeded in pushing it through, except for a couple of events which destroyed Bush. The first was Hurricane Katrina - that's when his image and that of his gang began to slip. The second was the economy - until Americans began to feel the pain in their own lives, almost nobody in this country cared a rat's turd about creeping fascism, as long as it did not touch them directly.
(All they cared about was Saturday football or basketball, who was winning on American Idol, and the latest black athlete to allegedly rape a white woman. Or the latest missing blonde who might have been dismembered on some exotic island or on some honeymoon cruise.)
But Obama has no intention or inclination towards fascism. Completely the opposite. However, the Right Wing is still in action, stirring up hatreds and violence among the somewhat reduced nut fringe in America. They would like nothing better than to incite some lone crazy to assassinate Obama, even though they know that would ignite a firestorm the likes of which we have not seen since 1865.
These vile creatures, whose motto is seize power and money at any price, even if it means the destruction of America, do not realize that once you start something like that, it cannot be stopped. Just like the French Revolution, which was started by the merchants, bourgeoisie and petty nobility, these things tend to spiral out of control until they end in a chaos of violence, murder, terror and destruction.
I think, folks on this site, that as long as Obama is still there trying ineffectively to make everybody go kiss-kiss and be nice, that our situation will get worse and worse economically, but we will not see anarchy - yet. That will only come when and if Obama is assassinated, which I see as a real possibility.
"Cops Shoot Homeowner Who Called 911 in Back Six Times." Then try to cover it up.
That was wild. This Hilton guy really is a scammer extraordinaire. With a rap sheet long enough to prove it. How ironic that a thief would attempt to take over a jail. But, then again, politicians/thieves, do that every day and more so.
On that bit about the guy in Arizona who was shot in the back. Now that is so eerie it raises the hair on your neck. The best thing that happened in that case, if you can call it that, was for the 911 call to be recorded and all the damning evidence is there in plain sight. Good thing it wasn't something to do with the FAA or else the tapes would have disappeared.
You’re right that the Arizona cop shooting is eerie and it made me sick and angry. The cops’ story is that they announced themselves many times before and after entering the house, and the cop (Lilly) who shot the homeowner (Tony) only did so because “Tony pointed the gun in his direction in the ‘ready’ position.” The 911 tape proves these are lies. The truth is that after entering, Lilly saw Tony standing there with his back to him and, with no warning, shot him four times and twice more as he lay on the floor. They were searching for a hispanic male and Lilly said he saw a man “who might be ‘hispanic’ down the hallway with a gun…”
Tony asked the cops not to let his family see him shot and bloody, so the cops dragged him by his legs through the house and out to the patio where his wife and kids were. Tony begged for help as the cops walked over him, but was ignored. This is from the lawsuit:
“At that point, the police decided to pick him up, again, and place him on top of the hood of a police squad car that had been running. The hood of the car was so hot against Tony’s bullet-ridden body that Tony screamed with pain. The police then drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writhing in pain!”
Of course, the Phoenix Use of Force Board cleared the cops of any wrongdoing, saying that “Officer Brian Lilly acted within police policy in the incident…” and that “the shooting was difficult to avoid, considering the fluidity of the emergency scene.”
Perhaps the REAL story is WHY is there a $27 million prison sitting empty??? I'm not so sure the town officials were duped... I don't buy that someone made a multimillion dollar mistake in a small place like that. Maybe taken advantage of by someone who saw easy marks, yes, but there is something mighty fishy about a huge prison just sitting empty like that, in a country with the highest incarceration rate, where the usual complaint is not enough jails...
Well, All I can say is it's a good thing they're pulling this here in the united States of Israel.
After the Ashkenazi parasites sucker the fools in this joke of a nation into ANOTHER invasion and slaughter of yet ANOTHER nation who has done us no wrong,their marano, the CAPTAIN will need all that space to house the mossad when they land on these shores en mass to start ANOTHER UKRAINE, ARMENIA, TURKEY, GERMANY.
here's a site to visit to educate yourselves to the type of animal the Ashkenazi spawn;
And you can BET YOUR FREEDOM that pig's friends in Hollywood will get that swine popped free.
read about martial law preparations, HR3200 and class 2 implantable devices as well as forced vaccination at my site... good article
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