Steve Pieczenik

Steve R. Pieczenik (/pəˈɛnɪk/) (born December 7, 1943) is a Cuban-American psychiatrist, author, publisher, and conspiracy theorist,[1][2][3]. He is a former consultant of the United States Department of State.[4]

Steve R. Pieczenik
Born (1943-12-07) December 7, 1943 (age 79)
Havana, Cuba
  • Author
  • publisher
  • civil servant
  • psychiatrist
  • conspiracy theorist
GenreWar novel, spy

Pieczenik has made several appearances on InfoWars. He also claimed that the September 11 Attacks and the Sandy Hook Shooting were false flag operations.

Early life and educationEdit

Pieczenik was born in Havana, Cuba on December 7, 1943, to Russian-Polish parents, and spent his early childhood in France.[5] His father, a doctor from Dombrovicz who studied and worked in Toulouse, France, fled to Poland before World War II.[6] His mother, a Russian Jew from Białystok, Poland, fled Europe after much of her family was killed.[6]

The couple met in Portugal and relocated to Toulouse, France.[6][7] After living in Toulouse for six years, Pieczenik's family migrated to Cuba, where Pieczenik was born, and then to the United States, where they settled in Harlem,[6] New York City.[8]

At the age of 16, Pieczenik received a scholarship to Cornell University,[6] where he graduated with a BA degree in pre-medicine and psychology in 1964. He later received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. He earned a PhD in international relations from MIT[8] while studying at Harvard Medical School.[7] During his psychiatry residency at Harvard, Pieczenik was awarded the Harry E. Solomon award for his paper "The hierarchy of ego-defence mechanisms in foreign policy decision making".[6]

Pieczenik is fluent in five languages, including Russian, Spanish and French.[5][6][7]


Civil serviceEdit

In 1974, Pieczenik joined the United States Department of State as a consultant assisting in the restructuring of the Office for the Prevention of Terrorism.[5] In 1976, he was made Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance and James Baker.[6][5][8][9][10] He also served the presidential administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in this role.[11]

At the Department of State, Pieczenik served as a "specialist on hostage taking".[12] He was credited with devising successful negotiating strategies and tactics, which were used in several high-profile hostage situations, such as the 1976 TWA Flight 355 hostage situation and the 1977 kidnapping of the son of Cyprus's president.[5] Pieczenik also worked "side by side" with Police Chief Maurice J. Cullinane in the Washington, D.C. command center of Mayor Walter Washington during the 1977 Hanafi Siege.[13]

On March 16, 1978, Pieczenik was a special envoy in Italy for President Carter to assist in the search for Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro. As an international crisis manager and hostage negotiator, Pieczenik worked with Francesco Cossiga, the interior minister of Italy, on negotiations for Moro’s release. The role Pieczenik played in these negotiations is said to have been fraught with controversy.[14][15]

Pieczenik said the committee was jolted into action by the fear that Moro would reveal state secrets in an attempt to free himself. Moro's widow, Eleonora, later said Henry Kissinger had allegedly warned her husband against his strategy of Historic Compromise (Compromesso Storico), allegedly saying, "you will pay dearly for it”. The leak of a false statement saying that Moro was dead was attributed to the Red Brigades (the group that had kidnapped Moro); however, in a documentary, Cossiga admitted the committee had made the decision to release the statement. Pieczenik stated that this had a dual purpose: to prepare the Italian public for the worst and to let the Red Brigades know that the state considered Moro dead, and therefore would not negotiate for him. Pieczenik said that Moro had been "sacrificed" for Italy's "stability".[16]

Pieczenik claims to have been at Camp David on September 17, 1978, for the signing of the Camp David Accords, working out strategy and tactics based on psychopolitical dynamics.[6]

In 1979, Pieczenik resigned as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State over the handling of the Iranian hostage crisis.[7]

Post-civil serviceEdit

In the early 1980s, Pieczenik wrote an article for The Washington Post in which he claimed to have heard a senior U.S. official in the Department of State Operations Center give permission for the attack that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1979.[17]

In 1982, Pieczenik was mentioned in an article in The New York Times as "a psychiatrist who has treated C.I.A. employees".[18] In a personal capacity, Pieczenik had been affiliated as a psychiatrist with the National Institute of Mental Health.[19]

In 2001, Pieczenik operated as chief executive officer of Strategic Intelligence Associates, a consulting firm.[20] As recently as October 6, 2012, Pieczenik was listed as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).[21] However, sometime between October 6 and November 18, 2012, his name was removed from the CFR roster.[22]

Since 1979, Pieczenik has also consulted with the United States Institute of Peace and the RAND Corporation[23] and lectured at the National Defense University.[24]


Pieczenik has made a number of ventures into fiction, as both an author and as a business partner of Tom Clancy.[25] He co-authored the book Divide and Conquer.[26] Pieczenik also received credit as co-creator for two of Tom Clancy’s best-selling novels Op-Center and Net Force.

Pieczenik has been credited under the pseudonym Alexander Court for writing the novels Active Measures (2001), and Active Pursuit (2002).[27]

He has written two articles published in the American Intelligence Journal, a peer-reviewed journal issued by the National Military Intelligence Association.[28]

Pieczenik co-authored a paper with John Neustadt which appeared in the July 2008 issue of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.[29]


In 1992, Pieczenik told Newsday that in his “professional opinion,” President George H. W. Bush was "clinically depressed". As a result of this statement, Pieczenik was brought up on ethics charges before the American Psychiatric Association and reprimanded. He then quit the APA.[7]

Claims made on InfoWarsEdit

Pieczenik has appeared multiple times on InfoWars, the flagship radio program of Alex Jones, where he has made numerous false statements, including that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a false flag operation.[30] He has also claimed that the September 11 attacks were conducted by CIA agents.

After the 2020 United States presidential election, Pieczenik appeared on InfoWars claiming that the Trump administration had permitted the Democratic Party to engage in election fraud as a "sting operation" facilitated by a "QFS blockchain encryption code" on every ballot.[31]


Authored novelsEdit

  • Mind Palace (1985)
  • Blood Heat (1989)
  • Hidden Passions (1991)
  • Maximum Vigilance (1993)
  • Pax Pacifica (1995)
  • State of Emergency (1997)[32]
  • Active Measures (as Alexander Court, 2001)
  • Active Pursuit (as Alexander Court, 2002)
  • My Beloved Talleyrand (2005)[33]
  • Terror Counter Terror (2007)[34]
  • Steve Pieczenik Talks (2014)[35][36]
  • American Warrior in Crises (2019)

Series co-creator with Tom ClancyEdit


  • My Life Is Great! Why Do I Feel So Awful? (self-help, 1990)
  • Foundations and Applications of Medical Biochemistry in Clinical Practice. With John Neustadt. (textbook, 2009) [37]


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  3. ^ Manning, Ellen (April 11, 2018). "Conspiracy theorists think the alleged chemical attack in Syria is a false flag to start World War Three".
  4. ^ "Steve Pieczenik Talks | Get the Truth". Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  5. ^ a b c d e Toth, Robert C. (April 21, 1978). "U.S. scientist aids in Moro search". St. Petersburg Times. Los Angeles Times. pp. 9A. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Credited with devising negotiating strategy and tactics
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kaye, Helen (July 7, 1995). "US psychiatrist and ME expert analyzes region". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2011. He was deputy assistant secretary of state under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance and James Baker.
  7. ^ a b c d e Mansfield, Stephanie (February 27, 1995). "He's Been There, Done That; Steve Pieczenik, Tom Clancy's Man on the Inside". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2011. His father, a doctor, fled Poland before World War II. His mother, a Russian Jew, fled Europe after many of her family members were killed. The couple met in Portugal, where both had fled ahead of the Nazi invaders.
  8. ^ a b c "Biography". Steve Pieczenik. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  9. ^ Goleman, Daniel (March 8, 1985), "Seat of Power And Woe", The New York Times, retrieved May 5, 2011
  10. ^ Kenneth Rapoza (April 18, 2012). "Osama bin Laden Already Becoming the New Roswell". Forbes. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  11. ^ Romano, Lois (June 10, 1992). "The reliable source". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Pieczenik served as deputy secretary during the Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush administrations.
  12. ^ Geyer, Georgie Anne (January 18, 1980). "We Have Ignored Soviet Paranoia". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. pp. 7A. Retrieved 14 May 2011. U.S. State Department specialist on hostage taking
  13. ^ McGrory, Mary (March 13, 1977). "Balking terrorists requires expertise". Eugene Register-Guard. pp. 17A. Retrieved 14 May 2011. the command center of Mayor Walter Washington and worked "side by side" with Police Chief Maurice J. Cullinane
  14. ^ "L'esperto Usa: "Così manipolammo il caso Moro"". Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Knowledge Fight: #340: All About Steve". Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  16. ^ Moore, Malcolm (March 11, 2008), "US envoy admits role in Aldo Moro killing", The Daily Telegraph, London, archived from the original on September 12, 2012, retrieved May 5, 2011
  17. ^ "Coverup charged in death of U.S. envoy". Spokane Daily Chronicle. United Press International. February 18, 1981. p. 15. Retrieved 14 May 2011. I was present. I heard it.
  18. ^ Taubman, Philip (October 13, 1982). "Psychiatrists describe kafkaesque portfolio". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a psychiatrist who has treated C.I.A. employees.
  19. ^ "THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 1976" (PDF). Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  20. ^ Stanton, John J. (December 1, 2001). "U.S. Intelligence Community Reaches Crossroads: CIA official says agency is implementing reforms to address new threats. (Analysis)". National Defense. National Defense Industrial Association. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Steve Pieczenik, chief executive officer of Strategic Intelligence Associates, a consulting firm.
  21. ^ "Membership Roster – Council on Foreign Relations 10/06/2012". Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  22. ^ "Membership Roster – Council on Foreign Relations 11/16/2012". Archived from the original on November 18, 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  23. ^ "U.S. Negotiating Behavior" (PDF). Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  24. ^ Kelley, Matt (February 26, 2002). "Rumsfeld: Pentagon to Close Office". Associated Press. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Dr. Steve Pieczenik, a psychological warfare expert who has worked for the State Department and lectured at the National Defense University.
  25. ^ "Thomas L. Clancy, Jr. v. Wanda T. King, No. 112, September Term 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  26. ^ Pieczenik, Steve (2001). Divide and Conquer. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780002259811. Retrieved 13 October 2020. {{cite book}}: External link in |ref= (help)
  27. ^ "Steve Pieczenik". Steve Pieczenik. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  28. ^ "AIJ 2004 to 2010 – National Military Intelligence Association". November 12, 2002. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  29. ^ Neustadt, John; Pieczenik, Steve (2008). "Medication-induced mitochondrial damage and disease". Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 52 (7): 780–788. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200700075. PMID 18626887. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  30. ^ Borchers, Callum (June 19, 2017). "After his Megyn Kelly interview, Alex Jones is still promoting a Newtown truth". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  31. ^ Kasprak, Alex (November 12, 2020). "Did Mail-in Ballots Secretly Contain Quantum Blockchain Watermarks?". Snopes. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  32. ^ Pieczenik, Steve (1997). State of Emergency (First ed.). Putnam Adult. ISBN 978-0-399-14323-6.
  33. ^ "Barnes and Noble". April 27, 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  34. ^ "Steve Pieczenik". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  35. ^ STEVE PIECZENIK TALKS: The September of 2012 Through The September of 2014.
  36. ^ Pieczenik, Steve R. (2014). Author. ISBN 978-0-692-31068-7.
  37. ^ "Montana Integrative Medicine – Bozeman, MT :: About". Retrieved 7 May 2012.

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