secret police noun
: a police organization operating for the most part in secrecy and especially for the political purposes of its government often with terroristic methods
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secret police noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Police established by national governments to maintain political and social control. Generally clandestine, secret police have operated independently of the civil police. Particularly notorious examples were the Nazi Gestapo, the Russian KGB, and the East German Stasi. Secret-police tactics include arrest, imprisonment, torture, and execution of political enemies and intimidation of potential opposition members.
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