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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” is a Latin phrase that is commonly attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal. The phrase translates to “Who will guard the guards themselves?” or “Who watches the watchmen?” This timeless question is about the accountability and oversight of people in positions of power or authority. It reflects concerns about the potential for abuse or corruption among those who are responsible for enforcing laws or maintaining order. The question remains relevant in various contexts such as politics, governance, and justice systems.

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