secret police

noun

Definition of secret police

: 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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Sansom was ultimately arrested by a secret police officer, Sgt. Washington Post, "The female spies who helped liberate World War II France," 9 Aug. 2019 Hafez kept Syria in check with a brutal secret police and occasional campaigns of murderous violence. The Economist, "Syria will poison the region for years to come," 5 Sep. 2019 One Sunday night, after being punched, kicked and prodded by members of the Chinese secret police, Cole took cover in a hotel with Stuart Franklin, a Magnum photographer working for Time magazine. Washington Post, "Charlie Cole, photographer who captured the Tiananmen ‘Tank Man,’ has died," 15 Sep. 2019 Before dawn on March 11, 1982, the four were rousted in their San Salvador hotel and taken to secret police headquarters for interrogation by Moran. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "New push for justice after 4 Dutch journalists slain in 1982," 25 Mar. 2019 Olga, too, was imprisoned and only released thanks to his appeal to the head of the secret police. Douglas Smith, WSJ, "Vasily Grossman’s ‘Stalingrad’: Harsh and Sublime," 14 June 2019 In 2015, five booksellers were abducted to China by secret police. Time, "Hong Kong Was My Refuge, Now Its Freedom Is at Stake," 13 June 2019 Ehrman is careful to note that, for the most part, there was no Christian secret police forcing pagans to convert: The empire was too large and diffusely governed to make such an effort feasible. Tom Bissell, New York Times, "Why Did Christianity Prevail?," 13 Feb. 2018 Most Read Nation & World Stories Days before their deaths, journalists Jan Kuiper, Koos Koster, Hans ter Laag and Joop Willemsen had come under the scrutiny of El Salvador’s secret police after Koster’s contact information was found on a guerrilla. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "New push for justice after 4 Dutch journalists slain in 1982," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of secret police

1823, in the meaning defined above

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