The Armenian Genocide:
MEMORANDUM OF THE "TEN COMMANDMENTS" OF THE COMMITTEE OF UNION AND PROGRESS, 1914-1915
(1). Profiting by Arts: 3 and 4 of Comité Union and Progres, close all Armenian Societies, and arrest all who worked against Government at any time among them and send them into the provinces such as Bagdad or Mosul, and wipe them out either on the road or there.
(2). Collect arms.
(3). Excite Moslem opinion by suitable and special means, in places as Van, Erzeroum, Adana, where as a point of fact the Armenians have already won the hatred of the Moslems, provoke organised massacres as the Russians did at Baku.
(4). Leave all executive to the people in the provinces such as Erzeroum, Van, Mumuret ul Aziz, and Bitlis, and use Military disciplinary forces (i.e. Gendarmerie) ostensibly to stop massacres, while on the contrary in places as Adana, Sivas, Broussa, Ismidt and Smyrna actively help the Moslems with military force.
(5). Apply measures to exterminate all males under 50, priests and teachers, leave girls and children to be Islamized.
(6). Carry away the families of all who succeed in escaping and apply measures to cut them off from all connection with their native place.
(7). On the ground that Armenian officials may be spies, expel and drive them out absolutely from every Government department or post.
(8). Kill off in an appropriate manner all Armenians in the Army - this to be left to the military to do.
(9) All action to begin everywhere simultaneously, and thus leave no time for preparation of defensive measures.
(10). Pay attention to the strictly confidential nature of these instructions, which may not go beyond two or three persons.