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From Romanian Securitate (from securitate ("security")), short for Direcţia Generală a Securităţii Poporului ("General Directorate for the Security of the People"), later Departamentul Securităţii Statului ("Department for State Security").

Examples

  • Emil Hurezeanu, a Romanian journalist who knew Mueller well, said the author was forced to leave Romania because of harassment by the Securitate, which is alleged to have had more than

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  • In Romania, where 700,000 informants kept tabs for the "Securitate" on a population of 22 million, the more than 2 million files remain tightly controlled, yet dirty secrets keep slipping out to damage careers, friendships and family ties.

    The Guardian World News

  • I think everyone should do a google search on "Securitate" We already have police

    Cafferty File

  • The word CHARACTER made the Securitate man hysterical.

    Herta Müller - Nobel Lecture

  • Instead of relying on Soviet troops to keep him in power, the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu relied on his secret police, the feared Securitate.

    Gadhafi Must Still Be Captured

  • Three times in one week a visitor showed up at my office early in the morning: an enormous, thick-boned man with sparkling blue eyes — a colossus from the Securitate.

    Herta Müller - Nobel Lecture

  • For years, Western countries excoriated the Stasi, the Securitate and the KGB.

    Charlie Brooker: We shouldn't have to feel paranoid about snoops listening in to everything we say

  • The next morning, his body was displayed publicly and the Securitate's shooting faded away.

    Gadhafi Must Still Be Captured

  • When Ceaucescu fell, the Securitate began a campaign of indiscriminate shooting and violence.

    Gadhafi Must Still Be Captured

  • I made my first visit to Romania in the mid-1990s to do a documentary about the Securitate, the former secret police, for a British television series entitled For Love or Money.

    Relationships Of Mutual Mistrust

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