Steve Pieczenik

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Steve Pieczenik
Born (1943-12-07) December 7, 1943 (age 72)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation Author, publisher, civil servant, psychiatrist
Nationality American
Genre Military fiction, spy fiction

Steve Pieczenik, MD, PhD[1] (born December 7, 1943, in Havana, Cuba) is an American psychiatrist, former United States Department of State official, author, and publisher.

Early life and education[edit]

Pieczenik was born in Cuba of Jewish parents from Russia and Poland and was raised in France.[2] His father, a doctor from Dombrovicz who studied and worked in Toulouse,[3] fled Poland before World War II. His mother, a Russian Jew from Bialystok,[3] fled Europe after many of her family members were killed. The couple met in Portugal, where both had fled ahead of the Nazi invaders.[3] Pieczenik was born in Cuba in 1943.[3][4] After living in Toulouse, France for six years, Pieczenik's family migrated to the United States where they settled in the Harlem area[3] of New York City, New York.[5] Steve Pieczenik was eight years old when his parents received their visa to the US.[3]

Pieczenik is a classical pianist who wrote a full-length musical at the age of eight.[4]

Pieczenik is a Harvard University-trained psychiatrist and has a doctorate in international relations from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[3]

Pieczenik's autobiography notes that he attended Booker T. Washington High School in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Pieczenik received a full scholarship to Cornell University at the age of 16.[3] According to Pieczenik, he received a B.A. degree in Pre-Medicine and Psychology from Cornell in 1964, and later attended Cornell University Medical College. He attained a PhD in international relations from MIT while studying at Harvard Medical School.[4] Pieczenik claims to be the first psychiatrist ever to receive a PhD focusing on international relations.[5]

While doing his psychiatric residency at Harvard, he was awarded the Harry E. Solomon award for his paper entitled "The hierarchy of ego-defense mechanisms in foreign policy decision making."[3]

An article written by Pieczenik - "Psychological dimensions of international dependency" appears in The American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol 132(4), Apr 1975, 428-431.[6]

Professional life[edit]

Pieczenik was deputy assistant secretary of state under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance and James Baker.[3] His expertise includes foreign policy, international crisis management and psychological warfare.[7] He served the presidential administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the capacity of deputy assistant secretary.[8]

In 1974, Pieczenik joined the U.S. State Department as a consultant to restructure its Office for the Prevention of Terrorism.[2]

In 1976, Pieczenik was made deputy assistant secretary of state for management.[2][5][9][10]

At the State Department, he served as a "specialist on hostage taking."[11] He has been credited with devising successful negotiating strategies and tactics used in several high profile hostage situations including the 1976 TWA Flight 355 hostage situation and the 1977 kidnapping of the son of Cyprus' president.[2] He was involved in negotiations for the release of Aldo Moro after Moro was kidnapped.[12] As a renowned psychiatrist, he was utilized as a press source for early information on the mental state of the hostages involved in the Iranian Hostage Crisis after they were freed.[13] In 1977, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mary McGrory described Stephen Pieczenik as "one of the most 'brilliantly competent' men in the field of terrorism."[14] He 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.[15] In 1978, Pieczenik was known as "a psychiatrist and political scientist in the U.S. State Department whose credentials and experiences are probably unique among officials handling terrorist situations."[2]

On September 17, 1978 the Camp David Accords were signed. Pieczenik was at the secret Camp David negotiations leading up to the signing of the Accords. He worked out strategy and tactics based on psychopolitical dynamics. He correctly predicted that, given their common backgrounds, Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin would get along.[3]

In 1979, he resigned as deputy assistant secretary of state over the handling of the Iranian hostage crisis.[4]

In the early 1980s, Pieczenik wrote an article for The Washington Post in which he claims to have heard a senior U.S. official in the State Department Operations Center give permission for the attack that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1979.[16]

Pieczenik got to know Syrian President Hafez Assad well during his 20 years in the US State Department.[3]

In 1982, Pieczenik was mentioned in a New York Times article as "a psychiatrist who has treated C.I.A. employees".[17]

In 2001, Pieczenik operated as chief executive officer of Strategic Intelligence Associates, a consulting firm.[18]

Pieczenik has been affiliated in a professional capacity as a psychiatrist with the National Institute of Mental Health.[19]

Pieczenik has consulted with the United States Institute of Peace and the RAND Corporation [20]

As recently as October 6, 2012, Pieczenik was listed as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[21] According to Internet Archive, his name was removed from the CFR roster sometime between October 6 and November 18, 2012.[22] Publicly, Pieczenik no longer appears as a member of the CFR.[23]

Pieczenik is fluent in five languages including Russian, Spanish and French.[2][3][4]

Pieczenik has lectured at the National Defense University.[7]

Writing ventures[edit]

Pieczenik has made a number of ventures into fiction, as an author (of State of Emergency and a number of other books)[24] and as a business partner of Tom Clancy for several series of novels.[25]

He studied medicine and writing, beginning with drama and poetry. But eventually "I turned to fiction because it allows me to address reality as it is or could be."[3]

Pieczenik received a listed credit as "co-creator" for both Tom Clancy's Op-Center and Tom Clancy's Net Force, two best-selling series of novels, as a result of a business relationship with Tom Clancy. He was not directly involved in writing books in these series, but "assembled a team" including the ghost-writer who did author the novels, and someone to handle the "packaging" of the novels.[25][26] The Op-Center series alone had grossed more than 28 million dollars in net profit for the partnership by 2003.[25] Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Out of the Ashes was released in 2014 by St. Martins Press.

Books he has authored include: novel Mind Palace (1985), novel Blood Heat (1989), self-help My Life Is Great! (1990) and paper-back edition Hidden Passions (1991), novel Maximum Vigilance (1993), novel Pax Pacifica (1995), novel State Of Emergency (1999), novel My Beloved Talleyrand (2005).[27] He's also credited under the pseudonym Alexander Court for writing the novels Active Measures (2001), and Active Pursuit (2002).[28]

Pieczenik has had at least two articles published in the American Intelligence Journal, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Military Intelligence Association.[29]

In September 2010, John Neustadt was recognized by Elsevier as being one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in 2007 & 2008 for his article, "Mitochondrial dysfunction and molecular pathways of disease." This article was co-authored with Pieczenik.[30]

Pieczenik is the co-author of the published textbook, Foundations and Applications of Medical Biochemistry in Clinical Practice.[30]


In 1992, Pieczenik told Newsday that in his professional opinion, President Bush was "clinically depressed". As a result, he was brought up on an ethics charge before the American Psychiatric Association and reprimanded. He subsequently quit the APA.[4]

He calls himself a "maverick troublemaker. You make your own rules. You pay the consequences."[4]

The role he played in the negotiations to bring about the release of Aldo Moro, an Italian politician kidnapped by the Red Brigades, is fraught with controversy.

On May 3, 2011, radio host Alex Jones aired an interview in which Pieczenik claimed that Osama Bin Laden had died of Marfan syndrome in 2001 shortly after the September 11 attacks, and that the attacks on the United States on 9/11 were part of a false flag operation by entities within the American government.[31]

On October 20, 2011 in an interview with Alex Jones, Pieczenik claimed that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is alive and said "There’s no way they killed Muammar Gaddafi, that’s not our operating mode and I’ve been involved in 30 years with the takeouts and regime changes." He also slammed President Barack Obama by calling him an "obsessional pathological liar".[32][33]

On September 16, 2012, during an interview with Alex Jones, Pieczenik stated that Israel planned to initiate war with Iran during Yom Kippur 2012, unless ex-Mossad and ex-Shin Bet agents assassinated Benjamin Netanyahu.[34] Neither prediction came to pass.

On March 27, 2013, Pieczenik claimed Sandy Hook was a hoax and that it was a false flag event. Pieczenik offered no supporting information for his claims.[35]

On 9 May 2013, Pieczenik claimed Benghazi is the result of a turf war between the CIA and the military intelligence.He suggested that the CIA wished to get rid of General Petraeus, and they want to get John Brennan through his illegal SOCOM unit to arm Syria.[36]


  1. ^ Leland, John (July 20, 1992), "Books too early: Could Perot save us from this surplus?", The New York Times, retrieved May 5, 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Toth, Robert C. (1978-04-21). "U.S. scientist aids in Moro search". St. Petersburg Times (Los Angeles Times). pp. 9A. Retrieved 2011-05-14. Credited with devising negotiating strategy and tactics 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Kaye, Helen (July 7, 1995). "US psychiatrist and ME expert analyzes region". Jerusalem Post (The Jerusalem Post). Retrieved 2011-05-14. He was deputy assistant secretary of state under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance and James Baker. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Mansfield, Stephanie (February 27, 1995). "He's Been There, Done That; Steve Pieczenik, Tom Clancy's Man on the Inside". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2011-05-14. 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. 
  5. ^ a b c "Biography". Steve Pieczenik. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  6. ^ Pieczenik, Steve R. (Apr 1975). "Psychological dimensions of international dependency.". The American Journal of Psychiatry 132 (4): 428–431. doi:10.1176/ajp.132.4.428. Retrieved 2011-05-14. Analyzes the psychological consequences of international dependency 
  7. ^ a b Kelley, Matt (February 26, 2002). "Rumsfeld: Pentagon to Close Office". AP Online. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-05-14. Dr. Steve Pieczenik, a psychological warfare expert who has worked for the State Department and lectured at the National Defense University. 
  8. ^ Romano, Lois (June 10, 1992). "The reliable source". The Washington Post (The Washington Post). Retrieved 2011-05-14. Pieczenik served as deputy secretary during the Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush administrations. 
  9. ^ Goleman, Daniel (March 8, 1985), "Seat Of Power And Woe", The New York Times, retrieved May 5, 2011 
  10. ^ Kenneth Rapoza (2012-04-18). "Osama bin Laden Already Becoming the New Roswell - Forbes". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  11. ^ Geyer, Georgie Anne (1980-01-18). "We Have Ignored Soviet Paranoia". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. pp. 7A. Retrieved 2011-05-14. U.S. State Department specialist on hostage taking 
  12. ^ Moore, Malcolm (March 11, 2008), "US envoy admits role in Aldo Moro killing", The Daily Telegraph (London), archived from the original on September 24, 2012, retrieved May 5, 2011 
  13. ^ Taubman, Philip (January 28, 1981), "Conflicts In Mental Reports Raise Questions On Captives", The New York Times, retrieved May 5, 2011 
  14. ^ McGrory, Mary (1977-03-13). "How Experts Can Tame Terrorists". The Pittsburgh Press. pp. B2. Retrieved 2011-05-14. One of the most "brilliantly competent" men in the field of terrorism... 
  15. ^ McGrory, Mary (1977-03-13). "Balking terrorists requires expertise". Eugene Register-Guard. pp. 17A. Retrieved 2011-05-14. the command center of Mayor Walter Washington and worked "side by side" with Police Chief Maurice J. Cullinane 
  16. ^ "Coverup charged in death of U.S. envoy". Spokane Daily Chronicle (United Press International). 1981-02-18. p. 15. Retrieved 2011-05-14. I was present. I heard it.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  17. ^ TAUBMAN, PHILIP (October 13, 1982). "Psychiatrists describe kafkaesque portfolio". The New York Times (The New York Times). Retrieved 2011-05-14. Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a psychiatrist who has treated C.I.A. employees. 
  18. ^ 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 2011-05-14. Steve Pieczenik, chief executive officer of Strategic Intelligence Associates, a consulting firm. 
  19. ^ "THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 1976" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  20. ^ "U.S. Negotiating Behavior" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  21. ^ "Membership Roster - Council on Foreign Relations 10/06/2012". Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  22. ^ "Membership Roster - Council on Foreign Relations 11/16/2012". Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  23. ^ "Membership Roster - Council on Foreign Relations Current". Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  24. ^ Pieczenik, Steve (1997). State of Emergency (First ed.). Putnam Adult. ISBN 0-399-14323-8. 
  25. ^ a b c "Thomas L. Clancy, Jr. v. Wanda T. King, No. 112, September Term 2007." (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  26. ^ "Steve Pieczenik: Books". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  27. ^ "Barnes and Noble". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  28. ^ "Steve Pieczenik". Steve Pieczenik. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  29. ^ "AIJ 2004 to 2010 - National Military Intelligence Association". 2002-11-12. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  30. ^ a b "Montana Integrative Medicine - Bozeman, MT :: About". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  31. ^ Watson, Paul (2011-05-04). "Top Government Insider: Bin Laden Died In 2001, 9/11 A False Flag". Infowars. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  32. ^ No Way They Killed Gaddafi – Steve Pieczenik Reports | Source One – Independent News And Views
  33. ^ Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Steve Pieczenik Absolute Sure MUAMMAR GADDAFI Is ALIVE – ‘Obama Is An Obsessional Pathological Liar!’ (Video)
  34. ^ Insider: U.S. Ambassador Killing an Inside Job! (YouTube/Flash FLV). September 16, 2012. Event occurs at 19:55. The Israelis will be very predictable, on Yom Kippur [2012] they will try to initiate another war, unless their ex-Mossad operatives and their ex-Shin Bet will take out Netanyahu, and do to Netanyahu what happened to Rabin. 
  35. ^ Dr. Steve Pieczenik: Sandy Hook was A Total False Flag! on YouTube
  36. ^ Video on YouTube

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