the secret police


: a police organization that is run by a government and that operates in a secret way to control the actions of people who oppose the government

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Recent Examples on the Web Its priests are the censors, the propagandists, the secret police. Brooke Singman, Fox News, 1 Feb. 2024 The novel, which Atlantic Monthly Press will release in the United States on Tuesday, follows Eilish, a biologist and mother of four whose busy domestic life in suburban Dublin is shattered when the secret police show up at her home looking for her husband, a senior leader of a teacher’s union. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Read full article The Central Bank of Nigeria hasn’t had a permanent head since June 9, when Governor Godwin Emefiele was suspended by the president and soon after taken into custody by the secret police. Ruth Olurounbi,, 16 Sep. 2023 China’s Ministry of State Security, a usually covert department that oversees the secret police and intelligence services, has even opened its first social media account, as part of what official news media described as an effort at increasing public engagement. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 In the secret police and intelligence organs, there is a special prestige to assassinations which are known vividly as мокроедело, mokroye delo (Wet Work). Time, 24 Aug. 2023 In Ice Trilogy, Sorokin took sci-fi—a genre the Soviets used to depict Communism as a technologically advanced utopia—and told the story of a violent mystical cult that blends in seamlessly with the secret police. Jennifer Wilson, Harper's Magazine, 11 May 2022 On September 21, 1976, the secret police of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet assassinated Orlando Letelier, a former ambassador and a leader of the opposition in exile, and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt, in broad daylight on Embassy Row, in Washington, D.C. Alan McPherson, Foreign Affairs, 11 Feb. 2020

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“The secret police.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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