(the) red squad

(the) red squad
   police concerned with subversion
   When others than Senator Joseph McCarthy feared Communist influence in America:
    The New York Police Department has a Red Squad. They change the name every two years or so — Radical Bureau, Public Relations, Public Security. Right now they call it the Security Investigation. (M. C. Smith, 1981)

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