The mysterious and disturbing history of secret police

From 425 BCE to the present day

Stars Insider

29/01/24 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE History

Many governments have had (and continue to have) secret police forces used to control citizens and, supposedly, to protect the state. These police forces were typically established under authoritarian or totalitarian regimes and operated discreetly to counter any political opposition to the government.

To accomplish this, these secret police forces engaged in surveillance, employed informants, and infiltrated various sectors of society. However, protecting the government's interests comes at a price for its citizens: these organizations were notorious for their use of repression and violence. Many had the power to arrest, torture, and even execute civilians at their will. 

Take a closer look at the disturbing past of secret police forces by exploring this gallery.

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