Cited sources (with relevant quotes) allege the organizations in this list to be or have significant characteristics of a secret police organization: systematic operation without or with limited judicial oversight and other accountability mechanisms. In some cases, the status of the organization as a "secret police" organization may be debatable.
^Sweeny, John (30 July 2012). "21st-Century Torture". The Independent (London) (Independent Print Limited). p. 24. "…the Belarusian secret police, the KGB…"|accessdate= requires |url= (help)
^Guo, Jerry (4 October 2010). "The Regent Behind the Son". Newsweek (International Edition)156 (14): 7. ISSN0163-7053. "…Jang officially controls the internal security forces, including the secret police."
^ abcdJoseph, 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…"|accessdate= requires |url= (help)
^"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…"|accessdate= requires |url= (help)
^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))…"|accessdate= requires |url= (help)