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How The CIA Created The Jamaican Shower Posse
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By Casey Gane-McCalla June 3, 2010 2:06 pm

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With the recent violence in Jamaica and the controversy over alleged drug lord, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, many people are talking about the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse and the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, where they have their base. What is being is being ignored largely by the media, is the role that the American government and the CIA had in training, arming and giving power to the Shower Posse.

It is interesting that the USA is indicting Christopher "Dudus" Coke, the current leader of the Shower Posse for drug and gun trafficking, given that the CIA was accused of smuggling guns into Jamaica and facilitating the cocaine trade from Jamaica to America in the 70s and 80s. In many ways Dudus was only carrying on a tradition of political corruption, drug running, guns and violence that was started with the help of the CIA.

Christopher "Dudus" Coke's father was was Lester Coke, also known as Jim Brown, one of the founders of the Shower Posse and a fellow champion and protector of the impoverished Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in Kingston.

Coke was a political enforcer and bodyguard to Edward Seaga, the leader of the Jamaican Labour Party.

Seaga's opponent Michael Manley had begun to adopt "socialist" stances and began openly criticizing American foreign policies and meeting with U.S. enemy, Fidel Castro, in the 1970s.

Given the cold war the US was having with Russia, the CIA did not want Jamaica to be friendly with communists.

According to Gary Webb's book,"The Dark Alliance," Norman Descoteaux, the CIA station chief in Jamaica began a destabilization program of the Manley government in late 70s. Part of that plan was assassinations, money for the Jamaican Labour Party, labor unrest, bribery and shipping weapons to Manley's opponents, like Lester "Jim Brown" Coke.

Author, Daurius Figueira writes in his book, "Cocaine And Heroin Trafficking In The Caribbean," "In fact, it meant that illicit drug runners linked to the JLP were integrated into a CIA linked illicit drugs guns and criminal trafficking pipeline."

Former CIA agent, Philip Agee, said "the CIA was using the JLP as its instrument in the campaign against the Michael Manley government, I'd say most of the violence was coming from the JLP, and behind them was the CIA in terms of getting weapons in and getting money in."

One of Lester Coke's associates, Cecil Connor, would claim that he was trained by the CIA to fight political wars for the JLP through killing and spying.

Connor would stuff ballot boxes and intimidate voters to help the JLP win elections.

Connor would go on from being a political thug to being part of the international Jamaican based cocaine ring known as the Shower Posse.

He wound up testifying against Lester Coke and his cohort Vivian Blake, only to return to his native St. Kitts to become a drug kingpin who almost held the country hostage.

Christopher "Dudus" Coke's father, Lester Coke has also been accused of working with the CIA. Timothy White speculates, in his biography of Bob Marley, "Catch A Fire," that Jim Brown was part of a team of armed gunman that attempted to assassinate Bob Marley led by JLP enforcer Carl "Byah" Mitchell.

Authors Laurie Gunst and Vivien Goldman also make the same assertions in their books, "Born Fi Dead" and "The Book Of Exodus." Marley's manager Don Taylor claims that one of Marley's attackers was captured and admitted that the CIA had agreed to pay him in cocaine and guns to kill Marley.

Lester Coke would later be burned to death in a Jamaican jail cell, while awaiting extradition the the United States.

Many people have claimed that he was killed so he wouldn't reveal his secrets dealing with the CIA, JLP and criminal activity.

In its efforts to destabilize the Jamaican government in the 1970s, the CIA created a group of drug dealing, gun running, political criminals.

Through the cocaine trade, these criminals would eventually become more powerful than the politicians they were connected to. The CIA destabilization program did not only destabilize Jamaica in the 70s, but it destabilized Jamaica for the next 40 years.

Given the secrecy of both CIA and Jamaican society, it is unclear exactly what was the CIA's role in creating the Shower Posse.

Did they give them guns?

Were they given cocaine?

Were they trained how to smuggle drugs?

Did the CIA use the Shower Posse to try and kill Bob Marley?

These are all questions that the CIA should answer.

If what is alleged about the CIA is true, then they are partially responsible for the cycle of gun trafficking, gun smuggling and violence that plagues Jamaica today.

If the US can extradite the son of one of the CIA's political enforcers for trafficking guns and cocaine, shouldn't the CIA be investigated for training Jamaicans on how to conduct political warfare, arming them, giving them cocaine and helping them traffic it?

Given the revelation that the CIA allowed Nicaraguan drug dealers to sell cocaine in the US to fund their revolution against their communist government, it is not that far fetched to believe that they would arm Jamaicans to with guns and give them cocaine to fight communists in Jamaica.

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unknown108
6-14-2010 3:58 pm

Another victim of the American C.I.A. Even though they were not the ones directly pulling the trigger they had no right to help facilitate a 40 year crime wave and getting more innocents killed trying to clean up the mess by extraditing Chris Coke. The sad part is most americans will not even hear about or read this story and most that read it will not believe it. It is just like all the idiots talking about the evils of Al Qaeda and that to was created by the C.I.A with the help of Osama to fight the soviets.

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Cest_Ci_Bon
6-10-2010 2:49 pm

at CaliFemme23 I was thinking the same thing.

It is no big surprise the lengths covert agencies go to in order accomplish their agendas.

I'm sure we can trace the destabilization of many a third world government, many a coup, many a private little power struggle to some form of covert fringe.

However, the fact is the "damage" is done by the individuals themselves.

Those were not CIA men or the American government shooting, maiming and drugging Jamaican people: it was the Jamaican Shower Posse.

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StewartArt
6-8-2010 7:51 pm

Ive been telling this to a friend a few weeks back how the guns continue to increase in jamaica and the american undercover cia drug trade.

People wakeup we've all been conned! there is no way the americans going to shut down the drug factories, too many millions of dollars to be made.
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MrWantSomeNewBooty
6-8-2010 5:27 pm

If this is true, this doesn't surprise me the least bit. The CIA and other covert agencies have been secretly financing their international operations for decades with the drug trade.

That is one reason why the war on drugs will never be won. There is too much money to be made in the drug business and that is one business that will never go out of business.

Of course all they have to do is deny it and the "lowly drug dealer" is the scape goat.
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thetrue1master
6-8-2010 7:40 am

heres the video
jamaicanforum.com/forums/index.php...
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CaliFemme23
6-7-2010 7:59 pm

The CIA/FBI can start whatever it wants to start...But its up to the 'underlings' to keep it going...

I mean are there CIA agents wearing Chuck-T's, wife beaters and Ben Davis' khaki's standing on the corners selling bags of weed?

Oh I think not...

Anyone can forcefully stick a crack pipe in ya hands, but its up to YOU to NOT utilize it...Come on folks, let us rest some of this blame where it belongs
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mcat6969
6-7-2010 3:34 pm

okay blackplanet finally you guys post a decent article instead of that drivel you post about entertainment and that bs about TI, hoopz, soulja boy, bow wow, pimps, etc...

But Viacom owns this site so I think this is a once in a blue moon type of article...

(Deep Sigh)

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