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  • April 29, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Director of the National Security Agency, 'Soviet-Polish Positions on the Declaration of Martial Law in Poland...'

    Translation outlines discussions between Soviet and Polish officials as to the preparedness of Poland to instate martial law. In addition, it recounts the meeting of the 23rd Armed Forces of the Warsaw Pact in Sofia, Bulgaria and Soviet Air Operations in Poland.

  • July 17, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Polish General Staff Evaluation of Soviet Military PResence and Activities in Poland...'

    Report outlines the conflicting views of Polish military and government leadership on the implementation of martial law and growing influence of the Soviet military.

  • July 17, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of a memorandum from the Chief of General Staff of the Polish Peoples Army on the measures that need to be taken by the army in case of martial law.

  • July 24, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of the Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation elaborates on how funds should be allocated towards various Polish infrastructure projects including highways, waterways, and railways. In addition, it mentions allocating funds for the defense training for new government and industrial leaders.

  • August 14, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'The Current Political Situation in Poland; Polish Ministry of Defense Plans for the Possible Introduction of Martial Law'

    Translated report discusses how the increased presence of Solidarnosc (Solidarity) warrants the introduction of martial law. However, it affirms that no formal steps to introducing martial law have been taken.

  • August 21, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of a document the Polish government intended to circulate should martial law be announced.

  • September 18, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Agenda for the Meeting of the National Defense Committee on 14 September; Current Positions of the Political and Military Leadership...'

    Translated agenda of the National Defense Committee meeting from September 14th, as well as outline the positions of military and government officials on the implementation of martial law.

  • September 25, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation about a meeting of the National Defense Committee where they discuss several ways to implement martial law, and consider asking for assistance from the USSR or other Warsaw Pact states.

  • September 30, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of both the decree and rationale for martial law. It elaborates on the various duties of citizens as well as new restrictions on freedom.

  • September 30, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of National Security, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of an administrative decree for martial law, including the various organizations involved in the transition.

  • October 12, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of a document from the Main Political Directorate about morale in the Armed Forces - addressing problems such as alcohol abuse, going AWOL, and support to Solidarity and liberalization movements.

  • October 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Current Political/Military Situation in Poland'

    Translation detailing Soviet interaction with Polish military officials, contingency plans for public backlash against martial law, and possible political backlash.

  • October 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated resolution from the Council of State indicating if public discipline gets worse, then martial law must be instated.

  • October 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of the CIA. The report contains translations of two secret letters between staff of the Polish Armed Forces and General W. Jaruzelski. In it they discuss appointing representatives for the Air Force, Navy, and Rocket Troops.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of National Security, 'Current Political Situation in Poland'

    Translation updates the situation between the Polish military and the Central Committee Plenum and describes a situation where the General of Arms fell ill.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation details the various legal documents needed for martial law, their legal basis, and means of notifying the public.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated report includes new requirements for public assembly under martial law.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation containing a list of organizations exempt from the ordinance requiring a permit to meet. Including the Polish United Workers and Union of Polish Socialist Youth.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated order for the ban of Trade Unions and other social organizations such as Solidarity. It ends with a list of barred trade unions.

  • October 26, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Director of National Security, 'Current Military/Political Situation in Poland'

    Translated report discusses the growing influence of the Polish military in all facets of Polish society, and the freezing of personnel changes within the armed forces.