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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The clip has gone viral because, as Targalski explores the role of secret police in certain countries, his cat makes an appearance. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Can You Spot the Cat in This Video?," 9 July 2018 One night in 1956 the secret police took Lidia’s father away on suspicion of his being a capitalist and jailed him for 30 days. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘My American Dream’ Review: The Bastianich Family Recipe," 20 Apr. 2018 Himmler also commanded the German secret police, the Gestapo, and established the system of prison and concentration camps in which more than 6 million people — primarily Jews but also Roma (or Gypsies), homosexuals and others — would perish. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 30 June 2018 Part of the problem, according to legal experts, rests in the country’s Constitution, which was written in 1991, when memories were still fresh of a Communist regime that used the secret police and prosecutions to target political enemies. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Claiming ‘Parallel State’ Cabal, Romania’s Leaders Target Anti-Corruption Prosecutor," 17 June 2018 Their most formidable adversary is Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale), head of the secret police, known to carry out Stalin’s orders ruthlessly and to indulge his own perverse appetites. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Death of Stalin': See it because Putin doesn't want you to, and because it's funny," 21 Mar. 2018 In one afternoon, Putin likely goes from discussing tax policy with his economic advisers to planning targeted assassinations of dissidents and business competitors with his secret police. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 Himmler also commanded the German secret police, the Gestapo, and established the system of prison and concentration camps in which more than 6 million people — primarily Jews but also Roma, homosexuals, and others — would perish. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 11 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter From executioner to executive Born in the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, Mr Sinwar became an early member of Hamas and helped to create its secret police. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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