Horror at Guantánamo: Libyan detainee infected with AIDS

31.1.08

It really doesn’t get any worse than this.

Candace Gorman, lawyer for Abdul Hamid al-Ghizzawi, a Libyan detainee at Guantánamo, reports that her client has been infected with AIDS. Mr. al-Ghizzawi explained to his lawyer in a letter that he was told about his infection by a doctor at Guantánamo, adding that he believes that the infection took place in 2004, when he was given a blood test, which “resulted in alarm amongst the hospital staff,” although he was not given any explanation for the alarm at the time.

The hospital at Guantanamo

The hospital at Guantánamo, where, Mr. al-Ghizzawi said, “the guards that would bring him to the clinic often sat and read his medical file and … would toss the file around for others to read while he sat there.”

On January 28, Candace Gorman filed an emergency motion with the US Supreme Court, asking for the US military to provide urgent medical treatment to Mr. al-Ghizzawi, and also asking for access to her client’s medical records. Yesterday morning, however, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the motion.

While this news is so alarming that it almost defies description, Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s plight is compounded by the fact that he already suffers from tuberculosis, which he also contracted in Guantánamo, and hepatitis B, which was dormant before his arrival at the prison.

In an affidavit filed with the US District Court in September 2006, Dr. Ronald Sollock, the Chief Medical Doctor at Guantánamo, confirmed that Mr. al-Ghizzawi “was subjected to complete medical tests by the military upon his arrival in Guantánamo in 2002,” and that he “entered [the prison] in good health,” although he admitted that “a history of hepatitis B was identified in tests performed in August 2002” (even though Mr. al-Ghizzawi was never informed of this fact), and that he “was exposed to tuberculosis while at the base.”

Dr. Sollock also claimed that Mr. al-Ghizzawi “does not want to be treated for his life threatening illness[es],” although this is strenuously denied by Mr. al-Ghizzawi himself, who insists that he has never been informed about his health problems, and has never been offered any kind of medical treatment whatsoever.

Despite the gravity of Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s condition, the authorities at Guantánamo have refused to either confirm or deny Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s claim that he has been infected with AIDS. When Candace Gorman approached Andrew Warden, the Department of Justice attorney assigned to the case, Warden also refused to be drawn, stating only, “We are not privy to the particulars of what your client may have been told by his doctor, if anything, but Guantánamo provides high-quality medical care to all detainees.”

Even before this latest awful revelation, Candace Gorman had documented the suffering of her client in painful detail, explaining, in a habeas corpus submission to the Supreme Court last August, that during her first visit with him, in July 2006, it was apparent that he was seriously ill. She described him as “very noticeably jaundiced,” adding that he was “constantly rubbing his back, his leg and his abdomen,” and that he appeared to be “in constant pain.”

Mr. al-Ghizzawi confirmed that his health had begun to deteriorate during his first year at Guantánamo, and had “progressively worsened” each year. He explained that he had lost 10-15 kilos since his arrest, that he had “severe pain in his abdomen, left side and back that travels down his legs,” that the pain was “constant when walking or standing,” that his stomach area was “bloated with two black lines appearing horizontal across his stomach,” and that he had “digestive problems including vomiting and diarrhea.” In this first meeting, Mr. al-Ghizzawi also explained that “the increased intensity of the pain in the previous months” had been “so severe that he had been unable to get up from a lying down position.”

During further visits, in September and November 2006, and in February, May and July 2007, Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s health evidently deteriorated further, prompted, in part, by the conditions in which he was held. On one occasion, he was dressed in orange (reserved, in recent years, for “non-compliant” detainees), and had been stripped of all “comfort items,” including a thermal shirt that provided a meager defense against the cold, because he inadvertently had some toilet paper in his pocket when he went for a shower, and in December 2006 he was moved to Camp 6, a new supermax facility designed to hold the “general population” at Guantánamo (including those who have been cleared for release).

Camp 6 at Guantanamo

Camp 6. After unrest following the apparent suicide of three detainees in June 2006, the communal areas have never been used. Photo © Brennan Linsley/AP.

The conditions in Camp 6 are, bluntly, barbaric. Held in severe isolation, the detainees, in contrast to convicted criminals on the US mainland, are only allowed one book a week, are prevented from reading newspapers, watching TV or listening to the radio, and are, of course, completely cut off from their families. Mr. al-Ghizzawi explained that he was “compelled to complain to get so much as clean clothes,” and his health problems are compounded by the fact that, despite Guantánamo’s tropical heat, the solid metal cells, which “admit no natural light,” are air-conditioned and freezing cold. In addition, “the men are not provided blankets but instead are given plastic sheets that are cold and smelly.”

Just as severe is the men’s physical and mental isolation. As Candace Gorman explains, they “cannot converse with anyone … unless they kneel on the floor and attempt to shout greetings through the tiny gap where the food is pushed in,” and, as a result, Mr. al-Ghizzawi, like all the other detainees, “passes his days in tedium and loneliness.” During the July 2007 visit, he told Gorman that, “in his total isolation … he had begun talking to himself.” He added that he “recognized that this was a sign of a fraying mental state” and was “very distraught” about it.

Even if Mr. al-Ghizzawi were one of the “worst of the worst” –- say, a committed terrorist with blood on his hands –- this state of affairs would be deplorable, but as it is, the “evidence” against Mr. al-Ghizzawi, who, like all the other Guantánamo detainees, has been held for years without charge or trial, is so weak that, in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal in 2004 — those pale substitutes for justice, in which the detainees were denied representation by lawyers, and prohibited from seeing or hearing the “classified evidence” against them — his military-appointed panel declared that there was insufficient evidence to declare him an “enemy combatant,” and that he should therefore be released.

We know this because one of the members of this particular tribunal, Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, spoke out last year about the systematic failings of the tribunals, deriding them as severely flawed, relying on intelligence “of a generalized nature — often outdated, often ‘generic,’ rarely specifically relating to the individual subjects of the CSRTs or to the circumstances related to those individuals’ status,” and concluding that they were designed merely to rubberstamp the detainees’ prior designation as “enemy combatants.”

Writing of Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s tribunal, Lt. Col. Abraham stated, “On one occasion, I was assigned to a CSRT panel with two other officers, an Air Force Colonel and an Air Force Major, the latter understood by me to be a judge advocate. We reviewed the evidence presented to us regarding the recommended status of [Mr. al-Ghizzawi]. All of us found the information presented to lack substance.” He added, “On the basis of the paucity and weakness of the information provided both during and after the CSRT hearing, we determined that there was no factual basis for concluding that the individual should be classified as an enemy combatant.”

Lt. Col. Abraham also explained — as was backed up in October by a second whistleblower, an Army Major who had taken part in 49 tribunals –- that unfavorable decisions were overruled by those in overall charge of the operation, who then convened a second tribunal to produce the desired result, and added that this is what had happened in the case of Mr. al-Ghizzawi.

Confirming that all he said was true, Lt. Col. Abraham and his fellow tribunal members were prohibited from taking part in any more tribunals, and a second, secret tribunal was held in Washington D.C., at which it was duly decided that Mr. al-Ghizzawi was an “enemy combatant” after all. As mentioned above, this was not the only case in which an unpopular decision was reversed by the authorities, but in Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s case the implications could be fatal, perhaps fulfilling a fear that Lt. Col. Abraham expressed to me in October, when he wrote, “I am saddened by the fact that more detainees, about whom there is no evidence of involvement in terrorism, will likely die before something is done.”

That Mr. al-Ghizzawi is one of these men “about whom there is no evidence of involvement with terrorism” seems abundantly clear from a comparison of his story with the allegations compiled by the administration.

A former meteorologist, Mr. al-Ghizzawi, who was born in 1962, had been living in Afghanistan since the collapse of the last remnants of the Soviet-backed Communist regime in the early 1990s. Married to an Afghan woman, and with a daughter who was only a few months old when he was captured, he and his wife ran a shop in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, where they “sold honey and spices and later expanded to include a bakery.”

In October 2001, when US forces began bombing the Jalalabad area, the family fled to the countryside, where his wife’s family lived, thinking that they would be safer there. In December, however, as news that the US authorities were paying handsome bounties for suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban members, “armed men came to the home and told the family to turn over ‘the Arab.’” Fearing that his family would be harmed, Mr. al-Ghizzawi complied, and was then sold to soldiers of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, who sold him on to the US forces.

US leaflet offering rewards for al-Qaeda suspects

The notorious US PsyOps leaflet offering Afghan villagers money for life in exchange for handing over al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects. The text on the back reads: “You can receive millions of dollars for helping the anti-Taliban force catch al-Qaeda and Taliban murderers. This is enough money to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life – pay for livestock and doctors and school books and housing for all your people.”

Against Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s story, the administration has struggled to establish a coherent narrative. In his CSRT, in November 2004, all the authorities managed to come up with were claims that he was part of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an organization opposed to the rule of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi (the former terror-backing pariah, who now, of course, is a great friend of the West), and that he had received military training at camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

By the time of his review board in September 2006, this tissue-thin Summary of Evidence had been augmented with additional material, most of which was evidently made by other detainees, either in Guantánamo or in other secret prisons. It was alleged that he had met members of al-Qaeda in Pakistan, and had stayed at an LIFG house in Jalalabad in 1997. Additional allegations included a claim by a “noted jihadist” that he “was a security leader for Osama bin Laden during a trip to a guest house in Jalalabad,” that “an al-Qaeda operative stated he saw the detainee several times between 2000 and 2001 in Jalalabad,” and that he “believed the detainee was in charge of a guest house for the Libyans,” and that a member of the LIFG “stated the detainee took part in the fighting in Afghanistan.”

Mr. al-Ghizzawi countered all the allegations, insisting that he was not a member of either al-Qaeda or the LIFG, denying “receiving any terrorist training or being a fighter,” and explaining that he “had gone to Pakistan originally to find work, not to fight as a jihadist.” He added that “he did not fight at all in Afghanistan and that he did not have the will to fight,” stated that he “was pressured to train as a fighter, but he refused,” and also stated that “the only support he gave the jihad was to teach the children of the mujahideen.” The most glaring contradiction in the allegations against him, however, was provided by another “al-Qaeda operative,” who stated, unambiguously, “the detainee is not a member of al-Qaeda or of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.”

After a detailed study of the statements of Lt. Col. Abraham and the other Guantánamo whistleblowers, and armed with the copious evidence I uncovered, during my research for The Guantánamo Files, of false allegations made under duress, or through bribery, by detainees against their fellow detainees, I know whose story I am inclined to believe.

What matters more, however, is that the correct venue for these allegations and counter-allegations to be tested is in a recognized court of law, not in military tribunals whose integrity has been critically undermined by former officers who served on them. Given that Chris Mackey, a former interrogator at the US prisons in Afghanistan, stated in his book The Interrogators that there was, effectively, no screening process in Afghanistan, because every Arab who ended up in US custody was automatically transferred to Guantánamo, it’s clear that the allegations not only against Mr. al-Ghizzawi, but also against the majority of other detainees still held in Guantánamo, have never been tested in any meaningful way whatsoever.

As I noted at the start of this article, however, compounding six years of lawless brutality with this latest evidence of severe medical malpractice almost beggars belief. As the Supreme Court ponders whether or not to rule that the detainees have a constitutional right to habeas corpus (after their statutory right, granted by the Supreme Court in June 2004, was taken away in 2006’s Military Commissions Act), I can only hope that this analysis of the administration’s disdain for the law and for human suffering will help the justices to rule for the detainees, and that in the meantime Mr. al-Ghizzawi does not die in Guantánamo, scorned by a corrupt administration, and neglected and abandoned by the medical profession.

For further information on the CSRTs, and on evidence obtained through torture, coercion and bribery, see my book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and see here for my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.

As published on CounterPunch, the Huffington Post and AlterNet.

9 Responses

  1. True Blue Liberal » Horror at Guantánamo: Libyan Detainee Infected With AIDS says...

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  2. Andy Worthington says...

    After this article was published on CounterPunch, I received the following reply from a lawyer who wishes to remain anonymous:

    Andy — In your article you stated near the end, “As the Supreme Court ponders whether or not to rule that the detainees have a constitutional right to habeas corpus (after their statutory right, granted by the Supreme Court in June 2004, was taken away in 2006’s Military Commissions Act), I can only hope that this analysis of the administration’s disdain for the law and for human suffering will help the justices to rule for the detainees, and that in the meantime Mr. al-Ghizzawi does not die in Guantánamo, scorned by a corrupt administration, and neglected and abandoned by the medical profession.”

    Being an American, and a lawyer for the past 15 years, you must understand that this Supreme Court will never, ever award justice to or rule in favor of the detainees, except by half measures at best. Al-Ghazzawi is destined to die in custody, most likely from neglect, but in reality affirmatively at the hands of me and my fellow citizens who cannot be flogged into caring enough to overthrow the criminal regime that has seized the rudder of state.

    There is a mean-spirited ignorance driven by irrational fear and underscored by a basic lack of proper education, intellectual capacity and intellectual curiosity that has taken root in the U.S. that persists in every office and dusty corner linings the halls of power in Washington D.C., and in the vast majority of households, down to the smallest hamlet of rural southern Virginia, that withholds justice from all but the few chosen by the privileged lords who control its meting out to their minions and supplicants in measured tidbits.

    All hope for exercise of fairness, morality, and righteousness by this country, by this generation of leaders, and the next, and probably the next after that, is absolutely and utterly lost. The illusion of America’s guiding leadership in matters of justice, and doing right has been shattered over the past 40 years (since the depravity of the Vietnam conflict), and there is no hope at all of it being revived until perhaps the twilight of our lives after the system comes crashing down into ruins, and only then the work to rebuild it is begun.

    You have to accept this, and you must look elsewhere in the world for what you crave – you will not find it here, you will not. The intrinsic value of America and her promise has become a lie, a hoodwink, and these cynical charlatans laugh at our naiveté as they profit from the suffering of those they plunder.

    I don’t mean to be a downer, but the status quo (so emblematic of America’s rot) is Guantánamo, and there are no more heroes left to save us from ourselves, and not one man of integrity in this entire country who will be permitted to remain uncorrupted long enough to stand up and overthrow the regime.

    I enjoyed your article, it was incredibly informative, and heartbreaking as well. But you have to understand that the value of a human life in America, and in this regard it is no better than anywhere else on earth, is close to nothing, in spite of all the rhetoric and bluster to the contrary.

    You, me, Al-Ghazzawi, 1,000,000,000 inhabitants of the Middle East region — all of us collectively don’t amount to even raw sewage flowing in the gutter before the eyes of those who make the decisions that ultimately will affect all of our lives. Our lives are less than meaningless, they are contemptible, and we are tolerated only because we are needed as fodder and fuel for the engine of doom that runs over our land.

    Our current leaders, and their children, and their grandchildren are the lost generations who have forgotten our purpose, and who care not for our dreams, and who assign no value to anything that doesn’t line their pockets. They lack the basic humanity necessary to care about whether we treat people like Al-Ghazzawi worse than a dog who is left in its cage without human contact, without sufficient means to survive, without care, and utterly without hope. They are animals – we all are animals. Once you accept that fact, you’ll learn to look elsewhere for inspiration and hope – somewhere other than these decaying shores. America has been lost, you must abandon ship and search for more suitable parts.

    Wish I brought a better assessment, but thought you ought to know that true state of our union.

    This was my reply:

    What an epitaph for America. You’re probably right, and I don’t pretend my own country is any better. We handed the bloody baton of international empire on to you, and forged a special relationship to help keep what we could of our own land grab.

    I sometimes wonder why the Guantánamo detainees called to me to tell their story, and why I then found myself talking to lawyers in the States who believe that the laws which were so important at your country’s founding are important still. I don’t know the answer to that, and it may all be futile, but I can’t respond to the situation in any other way.

    And this was my correspondent’s response:

    Andy – Thanks for the note. I was wallowing a bit when I read your article – which was an excellent piece I thoroughly enjoyed – thanks! As you note, the good news is that there are still people here that remain sentient enough to care about the direction our country is headed, and to do what they can to raise awareness and to try to make things better. That gives me hope. Growing up, I expected the world to be a more enlightened, and less cruel place when I became an adult. A bit of naiveté, perhaps, which has led to a certain amount of disappointment. My response was probably overly nihilistic, but I lost a friend to murder last year (2 bullets to the back of the head, like an execution) and the unbelievably corrupt law enforcement in our sleepy little southern town just refused to investigate it, called it a suicide despite ample evidence of foul play. That was the proverbial straw, for me. It’s had a profound and negative effect on me, as you might imagine.

    I hope to see your writing again on Counterpunch, I check the site everyday, and find it illuminating – a bright spot in a dark time.

    And my final reply:

    Thanks, and sorry to hear your report about your friend. I can understand how that would cloud your opinions. I do think, however, that finding an adequate response to the general bleakness of our times is hard to achieve. 35 years ago, the campaign against the Vietnam War showed how it should be done. Now, however, it’s not just ignorance that’s the enemy, it’s also apathy; soul-hollowing apathy, for which consumerism and self-obsession are inadequate responses. I too had hopes when I was younger – and I still do today – but Thatcher and Reagan did a remarkable hatchet job on most of them that still plagues us today.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    After this article was published on CounterPunch, I received the following comment:

    In part you said, “It really doesn’t get any worse than this.”

    Of course it will get worse, until Bush & Cheney are arrested and sent to be tried at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

    I wish to thank you very much for this article. I’m a combat vet of the Vietnam War, and I’m horrified at the treatment we give the detainees at GITMO. An abomination as bad as anything the N. Koreans, or N. Vietnamese did to our soldiers that they captured. I used to hear stories about stuff they did as reasons for “why we fight”. I guess we should now attack our own selves… As a kid I remember seeing newsreels of the awful condition of our soldiers returning from being POW’s in North Korea. And they had only been POW for less than three years. We’ve held guys like this poor fellow for seven years. That he is still sane at all is amazing.

    I never thought my nation would stoop so low. As a kid I wondered how an evil person like Hitler could wrest control of a nation from the good people. Now I see how it’s done, as Bush and his minions have absolutely no respect for our laws.

    Anyway, thanks for your article.

    Wade Kane

    After I replied to Wade, thanking him and asking if I could have permission to reproduce it here, he replied:

    Yes you may reproduce my message … Forty years ago today I was a crew chief on a Chinook helicopter flying missions into the Citadel in Hue Vietnam. I thought I was fighting evil, never dreamed my nation could ever stoop so low. I was with Company A, 228th ASHB (Assault Support Helicopter Battalion) 1st Air Cav (Airmobile) at Phu Bai.

    I vividly remember accounts by the crew of the Pueblo after their capture by the N. Koreans and of the horrific tortures the N. Koreans showed them to encourage them to talk, stuff much like we seem to be doing also. I noticed this article on the Anti-war.com site that’s similar to yours: a different man, but the same basic injustice. http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/03/Opinion/I_know_prisoner_345.shtml [Andy’s note: this is the basis of my article here – http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/?p=216

    If going to a “terrorist training camp” in Afghanistan makes one a terrorist who we should lock up, shouldn’t we hunt down and lock up all graduates of the “School of the Americas” at Ft. Benning? In the eighties (Charlie Wilson’s War) didn’t we pay for the training schools in Afghanistan?? Has any nation ever been more hypocritical?

    I’ve long thought we’d get better results getting information out of those who actually ARE Osama’s followers by treating them with kindness and mercy. In effect saying “your attack on our great nation was so ineffectual that we can treat you well”. We should have post 9-11 bombed Afghanistan with blankets and food.

    Wade

    Thanks again, Wade. I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about taking the moral high ground. If the treatment of captives in the “War on Terror” had followed the rules – and centered on the use of principled and capable interrogators, like the FBI’s Dan Coleman – it would have been possible to belittle the “terrorist masterminds”; to mock them for their recruitment of suicide bombers, for instance, while making sure that they themselves remained safe and sound. That’s not heroic to me; it’s cowardly, manipulative and morally repugnant.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    After this article was published on CounterPunch, I received the following comment:

    I write from Arctic Norway where I teach psychology in the local university. Thank you for the essay.

    Are there any kinds of criminal or civil punishments for military officers on these tribunals who knowingly do injustices that lead to the unlawful confinement of individuals?

    Many in the world appreciate your efforts in this matter. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Floyd Rudmin

    Thanks for the comments, Floyd. I think that we’re a long way from any kind of culpability for the individuals involved. They were, after all, mostly following orders (not that that’s really any excuse), but the chain of responsibility obviously leads right to the top of government – to Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their advisors, who, I believe, should one day be held accountable for their deliberate subversion of the law.

    I also received this pithy comment:

    Mr. Worthington,

    My congressman just came back from a “tour” of Gitmo and publicly claimed that “All is well.” Somehow, I think he is full of crap. But then what can be expected?

    Thanks for reading my message.

    Dave Murray
    North Mankato, MN

    And Chris Baker from Austin, Texas sent a snappy one-liner, which was much appreciated:

    The prisoners at Guantánamo have also been abandoned by most of the people who call themselves “journalists.”

  5. Nell says...

    Thanks very much for leaving the link to your blog in comments at Obsidian Wings. And thank you for your reporting and writing.

    I admire your strength. The knowledge of what is being done in our names often overwhelms me with rage, grief, despair, and guilt, but it’s vital that the information be made widely available, to make it impossible for us to pretend that we don’t know (or, in a few years, that “we didn’t know!”).

  6. Linda G. Richard says...

    ACTION NEEDED NOW! See his attorney’s entry at http://gtmoblog.blogspot.com/
    Below is a “form letter” you can use, please fax/write ASAP! This is very URGENT!
    The Honorable John D. Bates

    United States District Court Judge
    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse
    333 Constitution Avenue, Northwest
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 354-3433 fax)

    Honorable John Bates;

    I am writing to you today about Abdel Al-Ghizzawi, a detainee who has been in Guantanamo Bay detention facility for over five years. Al-Ghizzawi was sold to U.S. Troops as part of a bounty, he is not a “high value” detainee. Al-Ghizzawi was one of the “no hearings hearings” detainees who had new Tribunals convened in his absence when the initial Tribunals determined that he should never have been determined to have been an enemy combatant. Later in 2005 a new tribunal was conducted that declared him an enemy combatant. In fact, Abdel Al-Ghizzawi never fought with the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, or anyone else.

    Abdel Al-Ghizzawi has Hepatitis B as well as Tuberculosis. His condition is worsening, and is very grave. On January 28 2008 his attorney H. Candace Gorman filed an emergency motion with the Supreme Court asking the US military to provide urgent medical treatment to Abdel Al-Ghizzawi, as well as access to his medical records. Chief Justice John Roberts denied the motion.

    This is shameful. Our country is supposed to be run by us – the citizens of these United States, we are supposed to be the Government. However, in the past few years we have had very little say in what goes on, and none in how this country treats it’s POWs or detainees. This needs to change. We care what’s done in our name. Our country, while once a beacon of human rights is now one of the worlds worst offenders.

    I ask you to help Abdel Al-Ghizzawi by providing him with the medical care he needs so desperately. I urge you to provide his attorney, H Candace Gorman access to his medical records so that she can assure that he gets the treatment that he needs for his condition.

    The world is watching. Our reputation has been sullied enough. Please act in the best interest of everyone. Give us back our good conscience.

    Sincerely,

    [name]

    [address]

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Here’s the website to sign a petition to Judge Bates to act on Mr. al-Ghizzawi’s behalf:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/saveabdl/petition.html
    It takes less than a minute.

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