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CLANDESTINE. That which is done in secret and contrary to law.
     2.Generally a clandestine act in case of the limitation of actions will prevent the act from running. A clandestine marriage is one which has been contracted without the form which the law has prescribed for this important contract. Alis. Princ. 543

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The group meets once a month where members can bring one non-baking guest, along with their cakes, to 'clandestine' locations.
Although it has become fashionable to declare that transnational terrorist and insurgent groups no longer care about national borders, in this study of Jemaah Islamiyah and other clandestine transnational organizations in Southeast Asia, Hastings (international affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology) shows that territorial constraints and localized political conditions can and do place constraints on the activities of violent non-state actors, which in turn can influence the ideological trajectories of illicit groups.
in which clandestine factories dedicated to the illicit manufacturing and sale of tobacco products were raided and large quantities of the product were seized."
WITH GREAT trepidation and a roar of religious mumbo jumbo, many Saudis are opting for a matrimonial loophole known as the misyar (or "visit") marriage, a form of clandestine matrimony in which the woman gives up any spousal rights and stays in her own residence, the man visits her for sex, and after a while the union is dissolved by a divorce.
This mission against clandestine gold panning was conducted in a deep-forest environment where the troops were temporarily housed in villages of Brazilian gold panners.
Serving as a clandestine informer amid the ruins of a city immersed in paranoia, Woodhead's true story tells of darkness, deception, imprisonment, brutal interrogation, and the harsh reality of daily life as a spy that was nothing like the fantasies of his boyhood.
The person he found was Steve Kappes, a respected operator with 22 years of experience in the CIA's clandestine service, a college football lineman and former Marine with a ramrod-straight carriage, soft voice, and gift for terse, verbal precision.
Harold Love's interest in the clandestine satire that flourished between 1660 and 1700 began when he edited The Penguin Book of Restoration Verse in 1968.
He is on a team with an incredibly smart and brave young woman, known by her clandestine name, Volpe Rossa, and together they dupe German troops and narrowly escape capture (which means torture).
Other countries pose a danger as well, but a main watchdog over nuclear weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is hampered in its ability to ensure that nations are not developing clandestine weapons programs.
Written from a decidedly Islamic perspective, The War On Truth is informed and informative reading for anyone studying international terrorism, national security, and the clandestine machinery of Western power.
On the same day--August 19--that admittedly heart-rending story appeared, the Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security announced two Spanish-language advertising campaigns "to try to stop immigrants from attempting clandestine border crossings and trying to sneak children into the country in car trunks, engines and even gasoline tanks," in the words of an AP account.