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  • 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 01, 1981

    Information on the Position of the CPSU Regarding the Polish Situation

    ND -- Information on the Position of the CPSU Regarding the Polish Situation and criticism of the actions of Polish party leadership. This document was not dated.

  • October 07, 1981

    Intelligence Information Special Report, 'Current Status of Preparations for Declaration of Martial Law in Poland'

    Translation of a military document which shows Poland is ready to declare martial law at any time. It argues for a surprise declaration in order to catch opposition off guard.

  • 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.

  • October 26, 1981

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

    Translated report discusses the changes in the judicial and criminal procedures under martial law.

  • October 28, 1981

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

    Translated report outlines the changes in regulations, requirements, and procedures for changing residence under martial law.

  • October 29, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 29 October 1981 (excerpt)

    Soviet Politburo meeting discusses removing Cde. Kania due to uprisings in Poland. It also addresses shortages of oil and supplies for export and use within the Soviet Union.

  • November 06, 1981

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

    Transalted document outlines the procedure, appeal rights and legal responsibility for interning Polish citizens under martial law.

  • November 09, 1981

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

    Translated report entails a crisis management plan for introducing martial law. It details in chronological order what's to be done before announcing martial, how to subtly implement martial law, and maintain the element of surprise at announcement.