Rough Diplomacy


Libellus Required

  A  libellus (plural libelli) in the Roman Empire was any official document written on individual pages (as opposed to scrolls or tablets), issued by governmental authorities. The term libellus has particular historical significance for the libelli that were issued during the reign of Emperor Decius ,to citizens to certify performance of required pagan sacrifices in order to demonstrate loyalty to the authorities of…

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Usable Intelligence.

The success of any mission depends just as much on the planning and intelligence behind it .By 1908, the time was right for a new kind of agent to protect America. The United States was, well, united, with its borders stretching from coast to coast and only two landlocked states left to officially…

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Thin Thread Exposed

As a pioneer of the now-defunct ‘Thin Thread’ program, which upheld the privacy of US citizens, Binney broke away from the NSA after witnessing what he saw as the erosion of privacy rights under the banner of national security. Wiebe, equally disgusted by the NSA’s blatant disregard for the rule…

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King of Torts, Mr. Jamail

Joe Jamail, a celebrated Texas lawyer who had flunked civil negligence in law school and barely passed the bar exam but went on to dazzle his profession by winning gargantuan judgments — including Pennzoil’s $10.5 billion award against Texaco in 1985, then the largest in history — died  in Houston.…

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How Turkey’s Lawmakers Barely Escaped the Attempted Coup With Their Lives — TIME

‘I saw the flames with my own eyes’ for full story click the link via How Turkey’s Lawmakers Barely Escaped the Attempted Coup With Their Lives — TIME When Turkish military officers set in motion an attempted coup d’état on the night of July 15, lawmakers in the capital, Ankara, rushed…

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