Main Secret Police Discussion

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05:06:38 AM Apr 21st 2013
It seems that the Real Life section would need a thorough cleaning: a lot of the examples simply don't qualify. The Spartan krypteia was a Secret Police, but the Spanish Inquisition, CIA, KGB, etc, never were, even if their activities were free from official regulation or inquiry. According to the trope description, it's only *secret* police if it doesn't *exist* officially.
02:23:35 AM Aug 28th 2012
The description of "Verfassungsschutz" is somewhat misleading (they're a kind of secret service thing; the closest equivalent I can think of would be the FBI), and somewhat gushy. Also, with recent political events (early/middle 2012), they are coming under increasingly close scrutiny. On the other hand, they don't really compare to the other examples either. Can I pull it or at least rewrite the description completely?