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350 Document No. 62: Protocol No. 002/81 of Meeting of the Homeland Defense Committee35 September 13, 1981 The Homeland Defense Committee (KOK) was established in 1959, linking the military , security services and the state economic apparatus to provide coordination for planning the national defense. The chairman of the committee was the prime minister , the members included the deputy prime minister for planning and the economy, the ministers of foreign affairs, defense and internal affairs, the chief of the General Staff and a representative of the PUWP CC Secretariat. This was the only state institution authorized to provide input into plans for martial law. No other institution, not even the Politburo or the Council of Ministers, was formally apprised of the state of preparations. At this important meeting, the military and MSW finally announced that the technical preparations for martial law were complete. Although those factions supported a speedy crackdown, the decision to proceed was delayed once more. The deliberations were led by the chairman of the Homeland Defense Committee , Comrade General Wojciech JARUZELSKI—in accordance with the established agenda, as in point 2 of the matter under discussion in the protocol. The participants at the meeting included Committee members and those invited , detailed in point 3 of the matter under discussion in the protocol. On points 1–5 of the agenda, i.e. the following matters: 1) the current state of security and public order in the State; 2) guiding thoughts on the activities of the State at the time martial law is in force; 3) the state of readiness for activities of selected institutions after the introduction of martial law; 4) the stage of normative-organizational preparations connected with the introduction of martial law, as well as ventures pertaining to militarization and civil defense; 5) the safeguarding of martial law through propaganda. The speakers in the discussion included: Point l—the current state of security and public order in the State (presented by the minister of internal affairs, Comrade General Czesław KISZCZAK); 35  The translator thanks Kzrysztof Persak in Warsaw for his help in transcribing the handwritten Polish original. 351 [Section missing] specific assignment of the internal affairs department under the conditions of the current socio-political and economic situation in the country , as well as at the time martial law is in force. Point 1 and Point 2—guiding thoughts on State activities at the time martial law is in force (presented by the chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, Comrade General Florian SIWICKI); Comrade Mirosław MILEWSKI—who emphasized the importance of the conclusions arising from the information put forward with regard to points 1 and 2. He pointed out the need to conduct an appraisal on the contingency of introducing martial law to examine the effective influence of martial law in stabilizing the political situation in the country. Point 3—the degree of readiness by selected departments to conduct activities after the introduction of martial law (presented by the vice chairman of the Council of Ministers, Comrade Andrzej JEDYNAK); Comrade Stanisław KANIA—who emphasized that the information presented is not precise on the essential range of problems regarding the functioning of the national economy at the time martial law is in force, mainly with regard to three mutually conditional arrangements: first—the feasibility (reserves) pertaining to the provisioning of the population and the continuation of industrial production; second—the energy system, particularly in assuming communal needs (lighting and heating); third—the consequences as a result of restrictions on international trade. The chairman of the Homeland Defense Committee, Comrade General Wojciech JARUZELSKI—who, in the context of the currently existing large-scale stoppages at the purchasing center for agricultural products, indicated that under the circumstances arising from the introduction of martial law it is necessary to carry out appraisals concerning the continued delivery of provisions needed by the non-agricultural population. Comrade Kazimierz BARCIKOWSKI—who proposed considering the purpose of introducing, at the time martial law is in force, the so-called tax on provisions in place of the current mandatory deliveries of agricultural products. Point 4—the state of normative-organizational preparation connected with the introduction of martial law, as well as ventures pertaining to militarization and civil defense (discussed by the secretary of the Homeland Defense Committee, General Tadeusz TUCZAPSKI); – there was no discussion on this subject. Point 5—the safeguarding of martial law through propaganda (presented by PUWP Central Committee secretary, Comrade Stefan OLSZOWSKI). Comrade Stanisław KANIA...

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ISBN
9786155211157
Related ISBN
9789637326844
MARC Record
OCLC
191932687
Pages
602
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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