List of secret police organizations

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Hungarian Secret Police HQ — now the House of Terror Museum

This is a list of current secret police organizations. Fictional secret police organizations and historical secret police organizations are listed on their own respective pages.

In this list, reputable sources, with relevant quotes, allege the organizations in this list to be secret police.

Various individual or collective ideological beliefs may affect the completeness of this list: inclusion should not be based solely on paranoia or fringe theories.

Agencies by country

Country Organisation(s)
 Belarus State Security Committee (Belarusian: Камітэт дзяржаўнай бяспекі, КДБ; translit. Kamitet Dziaržaǔnaj Biaspieki, KDB, Russian: Комитет государственной безопасности, КГБ; translit. Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, KGB)[1]
 North Korea State Security Department (Chosŏn'gŭl: 국가안전보위부; hancha: 國家安全保衛部; RR: Gukga anjeon bowibu)[2][3]
 Nigeria State Security Service[4][5]
 Russia Federal Security Service (FSB)[6][7][8]
 Syria Air Force Intelligence Directorate (Arabic: إدارة المخابرات الجوية‎, Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Jawiyya)[9]
General Intelligence Directorate (Arabic: إدارة الأمن العام‎, Idarat al-Amn al-Amm)[9]
Military Intelligence Directorate (Arabic: شعبة المخابرات العسكرية‎, Shu'bat al-Mukhabarat al-'Askariyya)[9]
Political Security Directorate (Arabic: إدارة الأمن السياسي‎, Idarat al-Amn al-Siyasi)[9]
 Tajikistan State Committee of National Security[10][11]
 Turkmenistan Ministry for National Security[12][13]
 Zimbabwe Central Intelligence Organisation[14][15]

See also



  1. ^ Sweeny, John (30 July 2012). "21st-Century Torture". The Independent (London) (Independent Print Limited). p. 24. "…the Belarusian secret police, the KGB…" 
  2. ^ Soltis, Andy (18 February 2014). "UN brands Kim new Hitler Report bares N. Korea hell crimes". The New York Post (News Corp). p. 8. "The security agent came in and this agent of the Bowibu [secret police]…" 
  3. ^ Guo, Jerry (4 October 2010). "The Regent Behind the Son". Newsweek (International Edition) 156 (14): 7. ISSN 0163-7053. "…Jang officially controls the internal security forces, including the secret police." 
  4. ^ "Nigerian terrorist trained in the UK". The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (News Corp Australia). 18 May 2014. p. 44. "Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Services…" 
  5. ^ Adigun, Bashir (21 February 2013). "Nigeria arrests 'terrorists backed by Iran'". Irish Independent (Dublin: Independent News & Media). p. 22. "Nigeria's secret police… …the State Security Service, responsible for domestic spying in Africa's most populous nation…" 
  6. ^ Boyes, Roger (11 December 2012). "Visitors are frozen out of city sealed in a gas bubble". The Times (UK Edition) (London: News UK). p. 27. "Under an edict issued last week… …any unauthorised visitor will be removed from the train by members of the FSB secret police…" 
  7. ^ Soldatov, Andrei; Borogan, Irina (September 2010). "Russia's New Nobility Subtitle: The Rise of the Security Services in Putin's Kremlin". Foreign Affairs (New York City: Council on Foreign Relations) 89 (5): 80. "…the FSB, the modern successor to the Soviet secret police, the KGB…" 
  8. ^ "The making of a neo-KGB state". The Economist (London: The Economist Group): 25–28. 23 August 2007. "Political power in Russia now lies with the FSB, the KGB's successor." 
  9. ^ a b c d Joseph, Claudia (18 December 2011). "Channel 4: We'll screen proof of Syrian torture". The Mail on Sunday (Associated Newspapers Ltd). "…the four main pillars of the secret police: military intelligence, air force intelligence, the political security directorate and the general security directorate…" 
  10. ^ Sledge, Matt (27 June 2014). "U.S.-Backed Secret Police Arrest Doctoral Student In Tajikistan". The World Post. New York City: The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. "A U.S.-trained secret police force… …The State Committee of National Security, the successor to the Soviet spy agency KGB in the central Asia country…" 
  11. ^ Hoyle, Ben (1 July 2014). "Tajiks hold 'spying' Exeter academic". The Times (UK Edition) (London: News UK). p. 32. "…his meeting with an opposition leader was broken up by secret police…" 
  12. ^ Stalker, Peter (2010). A Guide to Countries of the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 328. ISBN 9780199580729. "His heavyweight secret police, the KNB…" 
  13. ^ Bohr, Annette (2013). Nations in Transit 2013: Democratization from Central Europe to Eurasia. New York City: Freedom House. p. 579. ISBN 9781442231191. "…including MNS secret police and other officials…" 
  14. ^ Raath, Jan (3 August 2013). "Farm couple 'face arrest for voting anti-Mugabe'". The Times (UK Edition) (London: News UK). p. 35. "…agents of the Central Intelligence Organisation, the feared secret police." 
  15. ^ Han Shih, Toh (5 August 2012). "HK adviser 'gave US$100m to Mugabe secret police'". South China Morning Post. p. 6. "…Several reliable sources within the Zimbabwe secret police (the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO))…"