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  • noun a government police department dealing with political security


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  • In a number of areas, teachers, youth workers and other professionals working with young Muslims have been briefed by officers of the local police counter-terrorism unit (what used to be called Special Branch) on the indicators of extremism to look out for.

    IRR News 2010

  • (the co-called Special Branch) to restrain or silence almost every form of outspoken protest; and (2) This feeling is not expressed with more vigour because men are afraid of the personal consequences to themselves, or their businesses or jobs, if they speak their minds openly.

    reich12 1969

  • 'As you might expect because of this country's close links with Sri Lanka and the large Tamil community which lives in the UK, the authorities through its agencies such as Special Branch, held regular meetings with [Shanthan],' Jonathan Laidlaw told the court.

    India eNews 2009

  • Officers on the periphery of events in 1974 hinted at the true picture; one Special Branch officer at the Heysham Ferry confided that the night before giving evidence at the trial he had rewritten his entire notebook to coincide with the evidence given by a colleague in court the day before as to the actual time of arrival in Lancashire of the West Midlands police.

    The Birmingham Six: Have we learned from our disgraceful past? 2011

  • Raynsford said that Special Branch put a trace on the official's phone and confirmed that it had been hacked.

    Phone hacking: Mandarin targeted 'while Coulson was in Downing Street' 2011

  • I suspect he is a Special Branch informer who has been ordered to break his cover.

    Policing and surveillance: The inspector calls | Editorial 2011

  • Right, so if this is Special Branch, what the hell has it to do with this body?

    The Redleys Matt Haig 2010

  • Special Branch stuff goes past me, it really does.

    The Redleys Matt Haig 2010

  • Right, so if this is Special Branch, what the hell has it to do with this body?

    The Redleys Matt Haig 2010

  • Manchester and Scotland Yard trained members of Special Branch with crossbows.

    The Redleys Matt Haig 2010


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