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 or have significant characteristics of a secret police organization: characteristics may include, but not limited to:

  • Limited or no judicial oversight or similar accountability mechanisms.
  • Regular practice of detaining dissidents, particularly at night.
  • Regular practice of enforced disappearances.

Various individual or collective ideological beliefs may affect the completeness of this list: inclusion is based on general and widespread consensus, and not solely on paranoia or fringe theories.

Agencies by country[edit]

Country Organisation(s)
 Afghanistan National Directorate of Security (NDS, (Persian) ریاست امنیت ملی, also referred to as Amniyat or Amaniyat)
 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]
 Cameroon Brigade Mixte Mobile (BMM) (Mixed Mobile Brigade)
 Chad Agence nationale de sécurité (ANS) (National Security Agency)
 Republic of the Congo Direction Générale de la Sécurité d'État (DGSE) (Directorate-General of State Security)
 Iran Ministry of Intelligence and National Security (Iran) (SAVAMA)
 Ivory Coast Presidential Investigations Unit
 Djibouti Brigade Spéciale de Recherche de la Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Special Research Brigade)
Service de Documentation et de Sécurité (SDS) (Documentation and Security Service)
 Ethiopia Central Revolutionary Investigation Department (CRID)
 Gambia National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
 Ghana Bureau of National Investigations (BNI)
SPD (Ghana) State Police Department (SPD)'
 Nigeria State Security Service (SSS)
Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA)
 North Korea State Security Department (Chosŏn'gŭl: 국가안전보위부; hancha: 國家安全保衛部; RR: Gukga anjeon bowibu)[2]
 Saudi Arabia Mabahith (Arabic: المباحث العامة‎, al-Mabāḥiṯ al-ʿĀmmah)[3]
 Sri Lanka Criminal Investigation Department
Terrorist Investigation Department
 Syria Air Force Intelligence Directorate (Arabic: إدارة المخابرات الجوية‎, Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Jawiyya)[4]
General Intelligence Directorate (Arabic: إدارة الأمن العام‎, Idarat al-Amn al-Amm)[4]
Military Intelligence Directorate (Arabic: شعبة المخابرات العسكرية‎, Shu'bat al-Mukhabarat al-'Askariyya)[4]
Political Security Directorate (Arabic: إدارة الأمن السياسي‎, Idarat al-Amn al-Siyasi)[4]
 Turkey National Intelligence Organization (Turkey), National Intelligence Organization of the Republic of Turkey
 Turkmenistan Ministry of State Security[5]
 Uganda Internal Security Organisation
 Vietnam Tổng cục Tình báo Công an (General Department of Intelligence of Public Security)
 Zimbabwe Central Intelligence Organisation[6]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Sweeny, John (30 July 2012). "21st-Century Torture". The Independent (London) (Independent Print Limited). p. 24. "…the Belarusian secret police, the KGB…" 
  2. ^ 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." 
  3. ^ "EU, US Leaders Should Publicly Condemn Human Rights Violations". Human Rights Watch. 2011-04-20. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ 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…" 
  5. ^ "Another prisoner of conscience jailed on false charges in Turkmenistan". The Times of Central Asia. 24 May 2012. "…He was also beaten by Ministry of State Security (MSS) secret police officers…" 
  6. ^ 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))…"