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The OPS Story approaches the Cold War with a well-considered balance of history, personal drama, and experience. The violence, suspense and excitement are totally nonfiction. The communist quest for world domination aided by ideologues in America ranged worldwide. It was subtle and clandestine and cost many lives. Many of the Americans serving in the Office of Public Safety ("OPS") died serving their country, defiled by communist propaganda and betrayed by self-serving politicians and ideologues.
This book offers an exciting, clandestine view into Cold War politics! As an OPS's officer, Adolph Saenz was an active participant in the Cold War struggle for over two decades, and in his book he recounts the history of the United States' police assistance to foreign countries to help them combat communist aggression. As an American Hispanic from New Mexico, he blends well into the Latin American cultures that he works in. Despite the treachery of Cold War politics, he is an effective OPS officer and is accepted by his Latin American police and military counterparts as an ally. He is constantly a potential target for terrorists and kidnappers, and his work is "considered to be dangerous" as per U.S. Government records. His replacement is kidnapped and assassinated by Marxist terrorists. His assignments take him to Bolivia and Che' Guevarra, to Uruguay and the Marxist Tupamaro terrorists, and to Colombia where he faces a deadly kidnapping cartel in Cali.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.08" Height: 1.31" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2002
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741077 ISBN13 9781931741071
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More About Adolph Saenz
Adolph Saenz is the author of Politics of a Prison Riot about the prison uprising that is considered to be the most violent prison riot in United States penal history by prison experts. He is a former U.S. Marine and U.S. Air Force Officer and a lifetime member of the VFW. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
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The Story that Needed to be Told Nov 9, 2002
Few people have heard of the Office of Public Safety, and most of those who have heard of it have read distorted and slanderous versions of what this organization was about. OPS was actually part of a program of assistance to developing countries during the 60's and part of the 70's, the height of the cold war. Specifically, it was established to provide advice and assistance to police forces in third world countries. The philosophy underlying this initiative was that social and economic progress cannot take place in an atmosphere of insecurity and lawlessness. The author, Adolph Saenz, who has had a distinguished career in the military service as well as in law enforcement, was a member of the OPS organization and served primarily in Latin American countries. The Public Safety Advisors were probably the most distinguished and experienced group of law enforcement officials ever to work within any single organization. Many worked in conditions of physical hardship and danger. Some were wounded and some were killed. I have met with high ranking police officials who still remembered gratefully the lessons they had learned 25 years earlier from OPS Advisors. The sad truth is that the literature which is available about OPS derives from a few basic books which were written by people who seem to hold extreme left wing and anti-American points of view. Other authors then parrot the distortions and misinterpretations which are rife in these sources. Saenz, in writing this book, finally gives interested readers an opportunity to see the workings of the OPS from the point of view of an advisor who worked in a number of different countries. He writes with insight and humour and does not hesitate to show the warts, blemishes, and problems in the program. As a former Criminalistic Advisor, I am proud to have known Adolph Saenz and delighted to have had the opportunity to read and recommend his book.
How one American tried to prevent the spread of terrorism... May 20, 2002
This book is a fascinating true account of one man's journey through the Cold War. It should be read by anyone interested in how the US tries to stop terrorism (which should be every American). It also shows how the efforts of (well-meaning) Americans sometimes ties the hands of those who are trying to prevent terrorism. Mr. Saenz was a policeman in Albuquerque, then joined the Office of Public Safety (OPS) during the 1960's, a crucial time in the Cold War. He was assigned to many exciting missions, including Panama, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Columbia. Primarily designed to assist police officers in foreign countries, OPS came under congressional scrutiny and was disbanded after the Church hearings in the mid-'70's. OPS was accused of everything from torture to being a front for the CIA. Mr. Saenz is dispassionate in the best sense. He denies the accusations leveled against the agency, without resorting to rhetoric or name-calling. Instead, he provides the reader with detailed information about many of his missions, including counter-terrorism, kidnap negotiations, and police assistance. I have known Mr. Saenz for more than a year, and find him to be extremely intelligent, patriotic, and humble. My film production company has optioned the film rights to this book. It is almost like an Hispanic-American James Bond story. As a film, it could provide an exciting account of the inner workings of the Cold War and counterterrorism. Perhaps the highest praise I can give Mr. Saenz is this: he knows I am left-wing, yet we get along very well. He is very open to hearing different points of view, and his most valuable message is that ideology on either side should not detract from love of country or the desire to stop the menace of terrorism. If more Americans practiced this type of tolerance, I believe we'd make our great country even better.