Was Bob Marley Killed By The CIA?

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

(Covert Action Magazine) On its opening weekend, the movie Bob Marley: One Love sold more tickets than any other movie in the United States, far outpacing other films in the theaters. While the film appeared to stay away from U.S.’s involvement in Marley’s death in order to get wider distribution, the question as to whether the CIA orchestrated the reggae music icon’s early death at 36 years old deserves an exploration.

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Marley Rose to Musical Stardom with Revolutionary Lyrics as Jamaicans Elect a Socialist Leader

Blacks around the world hailed reggae superstar Bob Marley for his revolutionary lyrics. Having grown up poor in Jamaica and rising quickly to musical stardom, Marley never forgot his humble beginnings, as he sang for people to “Get Up, Stand Up” for their rights against exploitation and government oppression.

Jamaica had gained its independence from Great Britain in 1962. The CIA, wanting to gain a U.S. economic foothold in the country, was particularly worried about Marley helping socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley win re-election against the candidate it backed, Edward Seaga (spelled “CIAga” in Jamaican graffiti).[1]

Edward Seaga, right, clasping hands with Michael Manley, left, and Bob Marley during the One Love concert at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 22, 1978. [Source: theguardian.com]

Edward Seaga, right, clasping hands with Michael Manley, left, and Bob Marley during the One Love concert at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 22, 1978. [Source: theguardian.com]

Bob Marley grew up in a squalid Jamaican home. He met Peter Tosh and formed a singing group called The Wailers in the mid-1960s. By the mid-1970s they broke into the American and British music world.

Their 1974 Burnin’ album was known for its Black Power songs such as “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Burnin’ and Lootin’,” and the aforementioned “Get Up, Stand Up.” His next album’s “Revolution” was particularly incendiary in saying that there was no political change without revolutionary struggle. [2]

Bob Marley and the Wailers. [Source: thevinylfactory.com]

Bob Marley and the Wailers. [Source: thevinylfactory.com]

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and their friends in the Rastafarian community preached that Jamaicans should resist U.S. interventions. They also, for better or worse, preached for the use of marijuana. They said it was to resist the use of heroin and cocaine that conservative political forces had contributed to becoming part of the country’s trade.[3]

Democratic socialist leader Michael Manley had won the 1972 election as the Prime Minister of Jamaica with his People’s National Party (PNP). Manley lived near Bob Marley and was friends with him, spending many nights at his house.[4]

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