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2. , of Moscow. 3. The secret organized Soviet network of Polish officers and civilians connected with the KGB, or with various departments of the Soviet Party's Central Committee. This network ordinarily acts merely as an information service. However, in crucial historical moments, and for more sophisticated political or police operations, its role suddenly becomes extremely instrumental for Moscow. Some members of this network are members of the Polish Party Politburo, heads of Party Central Committee departments or government ministers, vice-ministers of Defense, or commanders of various military branches.

By leading a quasi-dissident, antiintellectual and anti-Jewish movement, both the Soviet and the Polish secret police were bent on stamping out any potentially independent political force which, for all its weaknesses, could in a moment of crisis present an alternative solution to that offered by the Party. But such an approach contradicted Polish tradition; 45 every dissident movement in that Communist state, even if organized by the pro-Soviet secret police, eventually assumes an anti-Soviet character.

In those early years the terror apparatus had to confront real, strong, armed and often ruthless opposition. e. (9) The presence of the Soviet army tipped the scale but could not avoid prolonged, bloody armed struggle. The civilian security service prepared a card-file for the entire adult population classified according to political views, past activities and leanings. At the end of 1947 the card-file, while incomplete, was fully operational and contained detailed data about virtually all those active in the political underground in all the political parties, civil service, armed forces, major industrial enterprises and economic management.

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