secret police


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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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 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,, "'Death of Stalin': See it because Putin doesn't want you to, and because it's funny," 21 Mar. 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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