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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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 However, the unclear nature of his duties has helped fuel speculation about secret police. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Car, gun, money: Scandal over Macron's ex-aide grips France," 1 Aug. 2018 The people that Vladimir Putin, wants to have interviewed by his Russian secret police are Mike McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia. Fox News, "Browder 'appalled' by White House reaction to Putin request," 19 July 2018 Had many millions of people of course -- sent to labor camps, concentration camps, expanded the secret police, all sorts of other atrocities -- citizen spying is another. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a fake document (likely created by Russian secret police in the late 19th century) that purportedly details the secret Jewish plan for world domination. Jane Coaston, Vox, "How the rise of conspiracy theory politics emboldens anti-Semitism," 31 Oct. 2018 Our meetings are announced by cellphone only an hour before, lest our venue be discovered by secret police. Hassan John, WSJ, "Boko Haram Put a Bounty on My Head," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of secret police

1823, in the meaning defined above

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