CIA once planned to make Osama bin Laden action figure to deter terrorism

Published: June 20, 2014

This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. According to media reports, the CIA was once planning to make and distribute a bin Laden action figure in an attempt to deter terrorism. AP Photo, File

VANCOUVER DESI

Less than 10 years ago, the CIA was planning to make and distribute an action figure that looked like Osama bin Laden as an attempt to scare Pakistani kids and their parents away from terrorism, according to media reports.

The doll was made of a heat-dissolving material that made its paint peel off to reveal a red, demon-like face.

According to Buzzfeed, the CIA hired Donald Levine – the designer of G.I. Joe – to create the 12-inch bin Laden doll back in 2005.

While the CIA claims only three of these dolls were ever made, a source in China told the Washington Post that hundreds were produced and shipped to Karachi.

According to media reports, the CIA was once planning to make and distribute a bin Laden action figure in an attempt to deter terrorism. Twitter photo/Washington Post.

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