Cabal, a small group of plotters. The term took on special significance in England during the reign of Charles II (1660-85). By coincidence, it represented the first letters of the names of five of Charles's advisers who were engaged in various intrigues: Clifford, Ashley, Buckingham, Arlington, and Lauderdale. The French word cabale, referring to the mystic or secret doctrine of the Jewish cabala, had a similar meaning long before that time. The Conway Cabal against General George Washington is a conspiracy notable in United States history.
After you get a speeding ticket, you've probably mumbled (after the police officer left, of course) something about being stopped to satisfy a quota. Well, you're probably right. Lots of police departments have speeding ticket quotas.
Because of the murkiness of maritime law, it's hard to pursue crimes committed on cruise ships. What makes it so easy to get away with a crime on the high seas?