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Shadow Masters: An International Network of Governments and Secret-Service Agencies Working Together with Drugs Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit

a book by Daniel Estulin

(our site's book review)

Drug Dealing for Fun and Profit—LOTS of It!

Daniel Estulin's new book Shadow Masters: An International Network of Governments and Secret-Service Agencies Working Together with Drugs Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit is a brilliant follow-up to Estulin's The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, which went through 15 editions, translated into 24 languages, sold in over 40 countries, and garnered millions of readers

Drug kingpin
Drug kingpin

The Shadow Masters investigation examines how behind-the-scenes collaboration between governments, intelligence services and drug traffickers has lined the pockets of big business and Western banks. Beginning with a last-minute request from ex-governor Jesse Ventura*, the narrative winds between the author's own story of covering "deep politics" and the facts he has uncovered. The ongoing campaign against Victor Bout, the "Merchant of Death," is revealed as "move/countermove" in a game of geopolitics, set against the background of a crumbling Soviet Union, a nascent Russia, bizarre assassinations, wars and smuggling. There are 100 pages of photos and documents at the back of the book that prove Estulin's claims.

*(Note: American Conspiracies: Lies Lies and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us is a good Jesse Ventura book and it handles assassination issues aptly. It is courageous, well-organized, honest, provocative and worth reading. It discusses fourteen topics in fourteen well-written chapters.)


Commentary about Shadow Masters

Shadow Masters: An International Network of Governments and Secret-Service Agencies Working Together with Drugs Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit provides good, thoughtful reading for anyone worried about who actually rules the world and how they manipulate it. This book should be required reading in every high school. The country would be a better place for it. We should at least realize the extent to which the oligarchs strive to condition common citizens, not only "what to think", but more importantly, to "not think at all". Passive sheep make the best cash cows. See When Corporations Rule the World.

Let's realize the extent to which the oligarchs strive to condition common citizens not to think—passive sheep make the best 'cash cows'
Let's realize the extent to which the oligarchs strive to condition common citizens not to think—passive sheep make the best 'cash cows'


Passive citizens make the best cash cows
Passive citizens make the best cash cows

Daniel Estulin's book Shadow Masters: How Governments and Their Intelligence Agencies are Working with Drug Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit 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 New World Order and the Bilderberg Group, the true terrorists, pushing their agenda for world domination.


The Imperialists Need Illegal Drug Profits to Fund Their Illicit Activities

Our government has intentionally destabilized entire countries and governments to get what they want (money, access, minerals, oil, etc.). Estulin describes this in detail with ample research credits. American banks are neck deep in money laundering and the drug money is a globalists cash cow elixir. Eliminate drugs? Not on your life. The Imperialists need it to fund their illicit activities—often drug related—in other countries that are not "open democracies".

American banks are neck deep in money laundering and the drug money is a globalists cash cow elixir
American banks are neck deep in money laundering and the drug money is a globalists cash cow elixir

The author correctly describes the 9/11 terrorism attack as a false flag event managed by government goons.


The Cabal Working Against the Best Interests of the United States

Georgetown University professor Carroll Quigley tells us, in his book Tragedy and Hope, [The goal of a cabal of global financiers linked to J.P. Morgan and Company was] "nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole."

"Some believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."—David Rockefeller in his Memoirs

We now have every manifestation of being a failed state, with the government in the hands of a few Wall Street gangsters
We now have every manifestation of being a failed state, with the government in the hands of a few Wall Street gangsters

"The United States has entered the ranks of the failed states. One of the most remarkable manifestations of a failed state is that the criminals are all inside the government operating against the people, whereas in a normal state, the criminals are on the outside of the government, operating against it. So, we now have every manifestation of being a failed state, with the government in the hands of a few Wall Street gangsters."—Paul Craig Roberts

The government is in the hands of a few Wall Street gangsters who run it like a puppet master
The government is in the hands of a few Wall Street gangsters who run it like a puppet master

Estulin shows how the collapse of Russia in the late 1990's was accomplished to take over all of their natural resources at bargain basement prices, all done with U.S. taxpayer money funneled through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The money never even left the U.S. The situation in Kosovo was similar, with the exception that they had to start a war there to get what they wanted.


The Shadow Government is Controlling the United States

No matter who is in office, the same "advisors" (read that to mean Shadow Government) always seem to be in power, and the same non-profit think tanks spew out the same misinformation. Why? Because these news organizations and reporters are part of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Public opinion is manipulated to suit their agenda. See The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline.

Policy is established first, then the propaganda mixed with facts are disseminated by mainstream media to corroborate and "fix" the policy. The shadow masters do not want bad news so they make sure to spin things and generate plausible cover stories. Afghanistan is not about protecting the drug trade (truth: it IS about that), it is about bringing democracy to a primitive land (lie). Kosovo was not about seizing natural resources (truth: it IS about that), it was about freeing oppressed people (lie). In the age of fake news, the shadow masters get the prize. See Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics, Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market, and Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security.

The shadow masters spin things and generate plausible cover stories; like working in bureaucracies, the goal is to get paid while covering their asses, not to do work
The shadow masters spin things and generate plausible cover stories; like working in bureaucracies, the goal is to get paid while covering their asses, not to do work

The Media Reports a Combination of Truth, Lies, and Propaganda

As if it needs repeating here, some of what we see in TV news is only the cover of an entire different reality. The media has been controlled for over a century, and reporting goes through CIA censors. See Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion and find out that not only is what we are saying not "conspiracy theory," it has been documented in the Congressional Record and in quotes from presidents and congressmen of the USA for many years!

Drugs, diamonds and dirty money are integral parts of the Shadow Masters, emphasized throughout this book. The illegality of the plants – coca, cannabis and the opium poppy – creates the world’s largest black marketplace: over one trillion untaxed cash dollars annually, supplying the Shadow Masters with money to corrupt our financial institutions.

How does the author make the connections from criminals to banks? Follow the money!
How does the author make the connections from criminals to banks? Follow the money!

The International Arms Dealers End Up Jailed If the U.S. Doesn't Get Its Cut

The author tells us that "Viktor Bout is the poster boy for a new generation of post Cold War international arms dealers who play a critical role in areas where the weapons trade has been embargoed by the United Nations. The story spans several continents and involves a large network of shady individuals, front companies and government officials; corrupt African bureaucrats and thieving East European military officials. . . . Competing nation-state propaganda and psychological warfare operations tell us black is white and white is black, these lies and misdirections create gray areas, the operative realm of the Shadow Masters. For when governments operate in extreme secrecy, allowing their intelligence agencies to operate with impunity and beyond oversight, then the noble ideals of statecraft may be hijacked by the Men Behind the Curtain, playing nation-states against each other in a Hegelian dance of conflict and resolution."

One of the Shadow Masters—the Men Behind the Curtain
One of the Shadow Masters—the Men Behind the Curtain

Without Illegal Drug Money, the U.S. Economy Would Collapse

US and European banks launder between $500 billion and $1 trillion of international criminal proceeds each year, half in the US alone. Without this illegal money, the US economy would collapse. Without the dirty money, the US economy external accounts would be totally unsustainable, living standards would plummet, the dollar would weaken, the available investment and loan capital would shrink, and Washington would not be able to sustain its global empire. The drug trade now has power because it is underwriting the investments of the global megacorporations. It underwrites politicians. It has hooked the people on Wall Street whose own children sometimes die from its drugs. Wall Street cannot afford to let the drug barons fall.

The war on drugs is a sham. It has always been a sham and for as long as there is money to be made, it will continue being a sham, while our political classes pay lip service to the dangers of substance abuse
The war on drugs is a sham. It has always been a sham and for as long as there is money to be made, it will continue being a sham, while our political classes pay lip service to the dangers of substance abuse

Drug money is an inherent part of the American and world economy... the amount of profit generated annually by the drug trade is somewhere around $700 billion. This figure includes heroin, opium, morphine, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine and hallucinogens. The war on drugs is a sham. It has always been a sham and for as long as there is money to be made, it will continue being a sham, while our political classes pay lip service to the dangers of substance abuse. See Illegal and Prescription Drug Use.


The 9/11 Tragedy Wasn't about What We've Seen on the News

Acts such as 9/11 are behind, not on, the two-dimensional landscape of opposing sides presented daily by the pundits and talking heads—there's more to these tragedies than meets the eyes
Acts such as 9/11 are behind, not on, the two-dimensional landscape of opposing sides presented daily by the pundits and talking heads—there's more to these tragedies than meets the eyes

The 9/11 terrorist attacks on American were nurtured by a far greater menace than simple blind hatred acted out by Islamist insurgents from their Afghani and Pakistani hideouts. These acts are behind, not on, the two-dimensional landscape of opposing sides presented daily by the pundits and talking heads. These shadow plays disrupt our lives with blatant corruption, loaded agendas, and continually spin us from one crisis to another. See 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed.


The Empire of Money Depends on the Suppression of Science by Keeping Us Backward and Dumb

Nations which foster the creative mental development of their population produce a people which will not tolerate oligarchic forms of rule indefinitely. Illiterate, technologically and intellectually backward populations will. The Empire of money depends upon the suppression of generalized scientific knowledge by keeping us backward and dumb. (Source: Shadow Masters: How Governments and Their Intelligence Agencies are Working with Drug Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit, Third World Traveler, Daniel Estulin)

Hence the powers-that-be pay scientists to be climate change deniers, and the Republicans enlist religious fundamentalists to deny large swaths of scientific knowledge since a lot of it disagrees with Biblical "truths." The result is that much of the culture stays ignorant, making them perfect marks for the con being played on them. E.g., the G.O.P. convinces its members to be anti-environmentalists that do not believe the real, honest scientists, thereby aiding and abedding Big Oil getting fracking-permitting legislation passed, even though is will sicken many people and wreck the environment. See The New Know-Nothings: The Political Foes of the Scientific Study of Human Nature.

Note: Campaigning to undermine public trust in climate science has been described as a "denial machine" of industrial, political and ideological interests, supported by conservative media and skeptical bloggers in manufacturing uncertainty about global warming. Also, within the Christian world creationism was once widely believed to be true, but since the mid-19th century evolution by natural selection has been established as an indisputable empirical scientific fact, but Fundamentalists, like Trump, create their own facts, everything else being false news or heresy.

Creationism is an embarrassment
Creationism is an embarrassment


The G.O.P. teaches those who vote Republican to shoot themselves in the foot and consider the pain it creates to be a fake news conspiracy of the liberals
The G.O.P. teaches those who vote Republican to shoot themselves in the foot and consider the pain it creates to be a fake news conspiracy of the liberals

Warfare in Today's World Is Primarily Information Warfare

Says Estulin, "Warfare in today's world is primarily information warfare. Control of the very terms in which discussions are framed, and more so, even the 'facts' which underpin the discussions, yields control of the outcomes of those discussions." When the facts about Trump seemed too negative to overcome, there was a sudden burst of fake news from Trump's buddies in Russia. Trump won the info warfare by cheating—but in politics, one is expected to cheat, lie, steal, slander, etc. Additionally, fake nonsense about WMDs was used to sway our citizens to support the Iraq War when they balked at the U.S. invasion, and, even though no other countries supported the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. mass media shamefully supported this horrible error with incredibly bad consequences in spite of no evidence of WMDs. Trying to connect Saddam Hussien with terrorism, 9/11, and Osama bin Laden was simply barefaced lies, with U.S. media as co-conspirators. Now that Iraqis have seen how we wrecked their country, many are probably expecting the following poster to appear on billboards, since things were better under Saddam.

Saddam Hussein: Miss Me Yet?
Saddam Hussein: Miss Me Yet?


U.S. citizens are choking on misinformation, much of it from the mainstream news sellouts, the government, the politicians, and the corporatocracy
U.S. citizens are choking on misinformation, much of it from the mainstream news sellouts, the government, the politicians, and the corporatocracy

"By allowing capital to flow unchecked from one end of the world to the other, globalization and abandonment of sovereignty have together fostered the explosive growth of an outlaw financial market. It is a coherent system closely linked to the expansion of modern capitalism and based on an association of three partners: governments, transnational corporations and Mafias." (Source: Crime, The World's Biggest Free Enterprise)


Greed Tends to Overwhelm All Other Impulses and Values

In the case of drug-funded oligarchs and their cohorts, beginning with the British East Indian Company, the ideological motive is the hatred of the ideal of sovereign nation-state republics, of individual liberties and the pursuit of happiness, and of technological progress. These things threaten oligarchs' control of drug trades. Democracy be damned—gimme gimme gimme! Greed tends to overwhelm all other impulses and values. (Source: Shadow Masters: How Governments and Their Intelligence Agencies are Working with Drug Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit, Third World Traveler, Daniel Estulin)

Richer-than-God drug-funded oligarchs and their cohorts play by the greedy premise of their particular golden rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules
Richer-than-God drug-funded oligarchs and their cohorts play by the greedy premise of their particular golden rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules

Toward a New World Order

On September 11, 1990, eleven years before 9/11, President George H. W. Bush (not Dubya) gave a speech called Toward a New World Order in which he described his objectives for post-Cold War global governance. In 2003, Dubya, the not-too-bright son, seeing himself as a hero Crusader, started the eternal war that many see will usher in end times and the Armageddon and the fight with the Antichrist that Rapture believers welcome since it leads to their redemption.

Fundamentalist Rapture believers welcomed Dubya's role of hero Crusader ushering in the eternal war of end times—a biblical prophecy
Fundamentalist Rapture believers welcomed Dubya's role of hero Crusader ushering in the eternal war of end times—a biblical prophecy

The Bilderberg Group

In the past 17 years, Estulin’s Bilderbergers, from David Rockefeller to Henry Kissinger, to the Clintons to the Bushes, to the lesser known corporate chiefs, to the World Bank and IMF officials, including major media moguls, became household names, but few of us knew they were the top echelons of our New World Order, pulling the strings that drive the world.

Partly because of its working methods to ensure strict privacy, the Bilderberg Group has been criticized for its lack of transparency and accountability. The undisclosed nature of the proceedings have given rise to several conspiracy theories. This outlook has been popular on both extremes of the political spectrum, even if they disagree about the exact nature of the group's intentions. Some on the left accuse the Bilderberg group of conspiring to impose capitalist domination, while some on the right have accused the group of conspiring to impose a world government and planned economy. One thing for sure: their ideas do not jive with democracy.(Source: Bilderberg Group (Wikipedia))

Estulin's research led to his uncovering this scary Bilderberg Group wish list:

  1. one international identify (observing) one set of universal values
  2. centralized control of world populations by mind control in other words, controlling world public opinion
  3. a New World Order with no middle class, only rulers and servants (serfs), and, of course, no democracy
  4. a zero-growth society without prosperity or progress, only greater wealth and power for the rulers
  5. manufactured crises and perpetual wars
  6. absolute control of education to program the public mind and train those chosen for various roles
  7. centralized control of all foreign and domestic policies one size fits all globally
  8. using the UN as a de facto world government imposing a UN tax on world citizens
  9. expanding NAFTA and WTO globally
  10. making NATO a world military
  11. imposing a universal legal system
  12. a global welfare state where obedient slaves will be rewarded and non-conformists targeted for extermination
      (Source: The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Daniel Estulin)