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The Ordeal of Otto Otepka Hardcover – January 1, 1969


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  • Hardcover: 505 pages
  • Publisher: Arlington House; First Edition edition (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870000543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870000546
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Gourlay on December 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
At long last the true reason for the State Department's preference for foreign nations over US citizens is unmasked. This is a powerful story about how those who hate our national sovereignty sought to worm their proteges into the SD over decades. One man, Otto Otepka stood in their way. This story tells how the Kennedy/Johnson Whiz Kids sought to destroy Otto and unveils his true heroism-a Horatio at the Gates! Fascinating looks at how General MacArthur was deprived of safeguarding his troops by Dean Rusk and how our military, the Cuban exiles and the CIA were sold out by the Whiz Kids are fully documented putting Bamfield's latest work to shame. What a history lesson!
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A chapter of recent history that is conveniently forgotten by most, it documents the ordeal of a State Dept. security employee, Otto Otepka, who resisted the new internal security protocols put into place at the beginning of the Kennedy administration. As a high level civil service employee, Otepka had a certain amount of protection from being fired, but according to Gill, Otepka was subjected to years of abuse during both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Otepka didn't agree with the short security form that RFK and Dean Rusk wanted put into place for screening State Dept. employees. Otepka and fellow State Dept. employee Scott McLeod had over 1,000 names of people that needed extensive screening before being allowed into service, but the new administration wouldn't have it. One Kennedy appointee asked Otepka if Alger Hiss could be brought back into service. Otepka was flabbergasted. No, he said, Hiss was a convicted criminal. At one point the Kennedys tried to hang a charge of espionage on Otepka by doctoring some "burn" papers and making it look like Otepka was trying to steal or otherwise mishandle classified information. State Dept. employees later admitted to having broken into Otepka's safe and accessing his combination, in order to have easy access to the contents. RFK's Justice Dept. dropped charges against Otepka after it was obvious he was being framed and because it was clear Otepka had a legal right to reveal classified information to a Senate subcommittee on internal security. Because Otepka refused a change of venue, ultimately he was demoted and received the civilian equivalent of a dishonorable discharge. Later, with the ascent of the Nixon administration, Otepka received vindication. Although it is sometimes hard to relate to Gill's hardcore anticommunist rhetoric, sticking with the story pays huge dividends.
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