secret police

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Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953) Beria , Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria
offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims dirty war
secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods Gestapo
country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police) police state
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