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Reviews Last Updated: Mar 12th, 2010 - 11:19:56

Shading corruption for the appearance of truth
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Mar 12, 2010, 00:27

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Shadow Masters
By Daniel Estulin
Published by Trine Day

Daniel Estulin was born in the heyday of Brezhnev�s Soviet Union (1964-1982), during which time Russia reached its political and strategic summit in relations with the US, sliding in 1979 into the U.S. baited trap, the tragic entry into the war in Afghanistan, which ended in humiliating, resource-draining defeat.

Estulin�s family emigrated from Russia, their home for some 300 years, to Vienna, Florence, Rome, Paris, then Canada, back to Florence then Canada where they settled. By the time Estulin was in his teens, he was steeped in European and Caucasian culture and history, from the Renaissance to the pogroms. This was an auspicious start for a young man who never lost his love for Mother Russia, his family roots in the KBG, or his father�s costly penchant for defending free speech in a totalitarian country.

It is no surprise that Estulin became an investigative journalist who spent some 17 years researching, writing and publishing everything there was to know about the ongoing saga, meetings, personnel, and life-changing decisions of the world�s shakers and movers in The True Story of the Bilderberg Group. The book went through 15 printings, translated into 24 languages, sold in over 40 countries, garnering millions of readers.

In the past 17 years, Estulin�s �Bilderbergers,� from David Rockefeller to Henry Kissinger, the Clintons to the Bushes, to the less known corporate chiefs, World Bank and IMF officials, including major media moguls, became household names, that is if your household was concerned with the top echelons of our New World Order, pulling the strings that through the green fuse drive the world. Estulin risked his life following the annual Bildgerberg conferences, always held in small towns in swanky hotels outside of big cities. Low key were the passwords for the high-rollers who showed up to plan your future and their profit from it, taking no notes, shying away from the press, yet walking away with a year�s worth of political agenda.

Now, Estulin, uncomfortable in his skin with merely exposing the top tier Masters of the Universe has taken on, in his new book, the Shadow Masters: How governments and their intelligence agencies are working with international drug dealers and terrorists for mutual benefit and profit. That is a mouthful, I agree, but it is brilliant writing. Estulin has set himself to probing the animals that feast on the dark underbelly of power. Estulin begins by examining the first personalized act of nuclear terrorism, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, Russian dissident, would-be thorn in Putin�s side, and buddy of billionaire oil tycoon and oligarch (also exiled to Great Britian) Boris Berezovsky.

Litvinenko, who wrote several nasty books, Blowing Up Russia: Terror from Within and Lubyanka Criminal Group, in which he blamed Russian secret services for staging Russian apartment bombings and others acts of terrorism to place Vladimir Putin in power. He also accused Putin of ordering the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Unfortunately on November 1, 2006, Litvinenko fell ill and died in three weeks from lethal poisoning by radioactive polonium-210, kicking off an era of personalized nuclear terrorism. Tony Soprano, are you listening? The question is, was Putin framed by the media for calling the hit or did it have to do more with Litvinenko�s own personal wheeling and dealing? Who is the perp and who is the patsy? I�ll leave that for you to find out.

Estulin�s exploration of who would profit most from killing Litvinenko and/or demonizing Putin as the putative finger-pointer constitutes the guts of the first of the six story-length chapters of Shadow Masters. The book also contains over 100 pages of photographs, from documents to players to illustrate the text. It is a revealing ride through Russian and US intelligence agencies, past key figures, �grand chessboard strategists,� destabilizing elements from American think tanks, Chechnya rebels, NATO generals, pipeline-builders, Georgia and two secessionist territories, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and much more.

Estulin�s main ambition is to not parrot mass media notions for propagandized answers to political events, but to cut deep to the �cui bono� that determines the guilty ones and the patsies. His mission is not to swallow the ready-made answers that underpin convenient political lies, particularly regarding massive money-laundering profits that subsidize the world (US) financial systems; profits gathered from smuggling drugs, weapons, stolen diamonds that run in the billions if not the trillions. The stage is set from Russia to the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, to the US and Europe.

Estulin is as well schooled in international journalism as in the various propaganda and spin mechanisms of public relations and faux news, founded by Edward Bernays, none other than the nephew of Sigmund Freud.

His quote from Bernays, the world�s first PR man, speaking in 1928, sets the tone of his concern: �It was, of course, the astounding success of propaganda during the [First World] War that opened the eyes of the intelligent few in all departments of life to the possibilities of regimenting the public mind . . . We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. Whatever attitude one chooses to take towards this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by a relatively small number of persons, a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million [US citizens at the time], who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires, which control the public mind, and who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.�

This philosophy of media manipulation applies to the events surrounding the Litvinenko murder, as to the intricate events of the other five chapters. The second chapter is called �The Economic Rape of Russia� and provides a chilling and brutal picture of the takedown of the Russian economy in the 90s; the relentless looting towards the end of the decade, which left many new �free market� billionaires� (from sheer thievery of the treasury), and left the aged and infirm without pensions, penniless, often homeless, without food to survive. The population dropped by some 10 million within a decade due to starvation and severe alcoholism. This happened in an unholy union of government secret services, along with the lowest of the low looters, who now ride the high road of success.

From here, we move to the �Bilderberg War in Kosovo,� where the media once more characterizes the terrorists and drug pushers as �good people who have been misunderstood,� just as they would have you think the �Bilderberg is an informal meeting of private citizens concerned for the welfare of the world.� Daniel Estulin is characterized, of course, as a conspiracy theorist for exposing their world-gobbling agenda. The Bilderberg rebuttal is if what Estulin claims to be facts, they would be reported in the New York Times, a mouthpiece for this group. So Estulin is pointing to the ongoing battle between consciousness and unconsciousness concerning the life and death issues dealt with throughout these six storied chapters and by extension all political events.

In chapter four, Estulin deals with �The Underbelly of Business as Usual,� that is in Afghanistan, where the US agenda is not to bring democracy via the so-called fight in the War on Terror, but for the multi-hundred billion dollar drug trade to continue, which again fuels the financial systems of the US and other countries. The capital it provides to finance the markets are at interest rates well below those that conventional banks provide. The lower interest rates also provide pay-offs for key players involved in investment and central banks. Estulin posits that this illicit money is at the very heart of the world financial system, ubiquitous as it is unholy. How and by whom and to whom it is parceled make up a cordon of the real-life Shadow Masters.

In the fifth chapter, we are introduced to the enigmatic Victor Bout: an old fashioned Russian gun-runner or a �modern day Satan,� second only in the press�s eyes to Osama Bin Laden, himself a patsy for the WTC bombings. Bout, nicknamed �The Merchant of Death,� turns up in major media as responsible for almost every conceivable form of weapons-running imaginable, including for Kellogg Brown & Root and subsequently Haliburton. Estulin again questions the media-myth-making versus the realities of who Bout really is. As Bout was finally arrested in Thailand and given a six months long trial, Estulin attended trial hearings, gaining exclusive interviews with nearly absolute access to Bout�s financial records. Estulin�s conclusions show that the accusations against Bout were less than the truth and that he finally was released.

The sixth chapter �Nuclear Gamesmanship� is an analysis of what �dirty bombs� really are, aside from being terms to terrorize populations. Estulin�s command of the technology involved is impressive, and he discusses everything from the so-called suitcase or dirty bomb to the scaled-down, Hiroshima-styled bomb that was used at the Oklahoma bombing of the Oklahoma Federal Building in 1995. That bomb caused a seismic signal of 3.0 on the Richter scale. How would a truck loaded with a two tons ANFO bomb do that? Estulin points out that a 3.0 seismic signal corresponds to 29 tons of TNT buried deep underground, that is, buried deep enough to transmit its entire explosive energy to the earth, and nothing at all to the atmosphere like the weapon of distraction that was left by Timothy McVeigh.

According to Estulin, �In Oklahoma, a standard mini-nuke was set to explode at 0.1 kiloton, but it was not buried sufficiently deep underground. It was placed into a sewage tube in front of the building. Therefore, the actual explosion was able to communicate to the Earth approximately 30 percent of its entire energy -- which produced the above mentioned seismic signal of 3.0, which was recorded by seismic observatories. The rest of its energies were used to dig a crater and was communicated to the targeted buildings and its surroundings, causing typical atomic damages. If you look at the official description of the Oklahoma bombing and check how many ordinary structures were demolished or damaged, you would be surprised indeed. The explosion managed to collapse or damage not more and not less than 324 buildings in a sixteen-block radius. Does that look like an explosion of two tons of fertilizer?�

He goes on to write, �Do you think Timothy McVeigh would be able to fit 100 tons of TNT into his Ryder truck? Of course, it was a mini-nuke used in the Oklahoma bombing. Otherwise, why they would call that place �ground zero�? And would they officially indict Timothy McVeigh of using WMD against US citizens? Count one of the grand jury�s charges against Timothy McVeigh was �Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.� Count two: �Use of a weapon of mass destruction.� All of this is available in court documents . . . Don�t forget also that all electronic equipment was fried in a certain radius around the targeted building by the electromagnet pulse of a nuclear explosion. Have you ever heard that explosions of fertilizer can fry electronics nearby? So, as long as the security officials admitted that at El Nogal was the same kind of device used as in Oklahoma, you draw your own conclusions . . .�

The Wikipedia link above tells us El Nogal is the February 7, 2003, El Nogal Club bombing, a �terrorist attack� that occurred in Bogota, Columbia, the explosion killing 36 people, wounding 200 more of the approximately 600 people in the building at the time. Though no groups claimed responsibility for the bombing, �Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos blamed the guerrilla group FARC . . .� ATF members from the US aided in the inspection of the scene. Yet, �on March 10, 2003, FARC denied any responsibility in the attack and described it as �state terrorism,� claiming that the government of Columbia planted the bomb in order to unite the country against them.� For more details, click on the link.

The use of McVeigh�s ANFO bomb/Ryder truck was clearly a distraction to veil the real WMD that was used. This is very much like the use of hijacked airliners that flew into the WTC Towers 1 and 2 to purportedly take them down. Recent discoveries of super-nanothermite military explosives in the New York City Ground Zero suggest that those towers came down through explosions used in internal demolitions. Could it be possible that depleted uranium or other nuclear devices were there a well? Estulin seems to be implying that.

Ironically, Tower 7, the third tower to fall, was not hit by an airliner, and came down in a classic internal demolition at 5:20 PM on 9/11 after its owner, Larry Silverstein, said that there had been so much pain and suffering, that �they� (the fireman and he) had decided to �pull it,� (the technical term for taking down a building by internal demolition).

Subsequently, it was learned that at 9:30 AM that morning there was a huge blast in Tower 7 between the sixth and eight floors, and other blasts in the lobby. One of the two witnesses who was in Tower 7 during the explosion, Barry Jennings of the Housing Authority, described the circumstances, and of walking through the lobby with firemen, feeling as if he was walking over bodies. The lobby was in fact a bombed-out scene of havoc. Jennings, who never redacted his testimony, was disappeared and died in hospital in August of 2008, shortly before the new NIST report came out on Tower 7, blaming fire for the weakening of the frame for Tower 7�s fall. Yet Tower 7 went down in six seconds in the form of a classic internal demolition.

So, pity the dead and innocent at Ground Zero in New York City and those at the Oklahoma City bombing at the Alfred Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. It claimed the lives of 168, more than 680 injured, 324 buildings destroyed in a 16-block radius, 86 destroyed or burned cars, estimated damage at least $652 million. Of course, Timothy McVeigh (who claimed to be a scapegoat) and the American militia movement (whoever they are) were asserted by the Powers That Be to be the �terrorists behind it all. Check the Wiki link for the picture of the devastation and for its na�ve acceptance of who the perpetrators were.

What was building in America, including the 1993 WTC bombing, Oklahoma in 1995, 9/11 in New York City and, in 2003, on foreign soil, was an increase in domestic and foreign �terror bombings� to frighten the US and world populace. Post 9/11 came the huge anti-terror business, i.e., the Department of Homeland Security supposedly to stem it. As of Christmas day 2009, we have the hapless �crotch bomber� whose ineptness expanded into a �near-miss tragedy.� So, Estulin is no more a �conspiracy theorist� than I am, but rather someone committed to finding out who the real Shadow Masters are and then to hang them high.

The truth Estulin seeks includes destroying Bernays-type communications myths in these situations. Who were really the bad guys, and who were really the good guys? Unless you have the concern, the consciousness to understand one from the other, you may find yourself on some battlefront fighting an enemy you know nothing about, wondering why he wants so desperately to kill you. Perhaps it is because your government has done something unspeakable to his people or your own people to give your supposed enemy a reason. This is the subtle and difficult unwinding process of so-called facts, real facts, from fiction. And this is a job for a super investigative journalist like Daniel Estulin. His new book Shadow Masters is a masterful chess game in double-thinking the enemies of truth. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the international turmoil we find ourselves in today, and the fanatical NWO and the Bilderberg Group, the true terrorists, pushing their agenda for world domination.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him at His new book, State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on� is available at, Amazon or

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