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This identify gains acclaimed political satire and T.V. drama now again in print with Serpent's Tail - from the prestigious diarist of "A View from the Foothills". Former metal employee Harry Perkins has, opposed to all of the odds, led the Labour celebration to a beautiful victory on the normal election. His manifesto comprises the removing of yankee bases, public keep an eye on of finance, and the dismantling of the newspaper monopolies. The institution is appalled through the possibility, and secretly comes to a decision that anything has to be performed. As M15 conspires with the town and the click barons, Perkins the PM unearths himself in a no-holds-barred conflict for survival.

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Beyond this, it looms large but almost silent in the legal regimes dealing with diplomatic protection and arms control. Much of international law derives from custom, determined by a combination of consistent state practice and the belief that a practice is obligatory (opinio juris). As the vast majority of states both engage in intelligence and yet denounce similar activities by other states, the two components of custom appear to be running in opposing directions. The scope of activities covered by the term intelligence is, of course, crucial and enables some obvious cases to be dispensed with quickly.

Cf Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Confl icts (Additional Protocol I), 8 June 1977, art 46. 36 Yves Sandoz, Christophe Swinarski, and Bruno Zimmerman (eds), Commentary on the Additional Protocols of 8 June 1977 to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 (Geneva: Martinus Nijhoff, 1987), 562. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold War 27 regular armed forces. Such apparent inconsistencies may be attributed to the unusual nature of the laws of war, a body of rules that exists in an uneasy tension between complicity in and irrelevance to its subject matter.

18 Frederick P Hitz, The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2004). ST, 1998). 21 The 1990s was also the decade in which public perception turned on spies. Moves to increase the transparency of government threatened the classified budgets of intelligence services. The expansion of the Internet led to greater worries about eavesdropping and created the perfect medium through which to share paranoid obsessions. Today, a quick search can locate once highly classified information, as well as lists of suggested words for e-mail attacks designed to crash the NSA again.

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