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Obama’s Magical Symbolism

Barack Obama constantly takes himself prisoner and then magically wins his own release. Like Osama Bin-Laden, Barack Obama lives in a symbolic universe, thinking he is its center. It is a place where symbols and slogans trounce the messy details that afflict the lesser people Mr. Obama likes to call “the folks.” Bin-Laden once said […]

CIA Copies Star Wars for Aborted Osama bin Laden Propaganda Doll

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

American propaganda has come a long way since genteel writer Peter Mathieesen founded The Paris Review as part of his CIA gig in postwar France. The Washington Post today reported that the intelligence agency tapped Donald Levine, the seasoned former Hasbro executive responsible for G.I. Joe, to create a demonic Osama Bin Laden toy for distribution in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

‘Demon’ Bin Laden Dolls Were Once In The Works From The CIA

A so-called “demon” Osama bin Laden doll was once in the works, courtesy of the CIA. Although the government agency put together three prototypes for the “toy” back in 2005, the project never came to fruition. The purpose behind the “demon” bin Laden dolls was to scare the pants off children and their parents in

G.I. Joe creator made Osama bin Laden action figure for CIA

CIA “R” Us? U.S. intelligence considered getting into the toy business with freaky-looking Osama bin Laden action figures to scare kids away from the terrorist.

The CIA Wanted to Make Bin Laden Demon Dolls. Here Are 4 Other Bizarre CIA Plots.

On Thursday, the Washington Post's Adam Goldman had the scoop on how, circa 2005, the CIA began secretly developing creepy-looking Osama bin Laden action figures in their war against Al Qaeda. You read that right: The faces of the figures...Show More Summary

CIA hatched 'Devil Eyes' doll plot to counter Osama bin Laden’s influence

2 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Adam Goldman/The Washington Post In addition to drones, satellites, spies, snitches, and mobile tracking devices, the CIA devised a plot to wage war on al-Qaeda in Pakistan with... toys. And to do so, they sought the help of the Hasbro executive who helped create G.I. Joe. Read the rest

The CIA almost tried to thwart Osama bin Laden with a ‘demonic’ action figure

2 months agoOdd : Death and Taxes

The doll featured a peel-off demon face meant to scare people out of supporting Bin Laden.

CIA Made an Osama bin Laden Toy to Spook Children and Parents

The CIA has a history of getting innovative in attempts to counter enemy propaganda. In 2005, the intelligence agency began working on creating an "evil" Osama bin Laden action figure made from heat-dissolving material that would pull back to show a devilish red-face. Show More Summary

CIA Apparently Worked on Osama bin Laden ‘Demon’ Action Figure

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

Here's something you thought you'd never read: a few years ago, the CIA had the idea of using action figures to reduce Osama bin Laden's influence in Pakistan. And not just any action figure, an action figure of bin Laden himself that was specifically designed to "unmask" bin Laden as a demonic figure.

Here's the CIA-Designed Osama bin Laden Demon Action Figure

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

In an attempt to counter his influence in Pakistan, the CIA once made a heat-sensitive action figure of Osama bin Laden that morphed into a demon. The goal was to scare children and their parents away from al-Qaeda. Read more...

“We spawned Osama Bin Laden”: Brian Schweitzer isn’t done talking

2016 presidential wannabe Brian Schweitzer unloads to Salon on neocons, inequality and why we need single-payer

The CIA's harebrained scheme to fight terrorism with an Osama bin Laden toy

From The Washington Post, a story about a ludicrous CIA plot to counter Al Qaeda's influence by manufacturing an Osama bin Laden toy whose face morphed into that of a demon: Beginning in about 2005, the CIA began secretly developing a custom-made Osama bin Laden action figure, according to people familiar with the project. Show More Summary

Military prosecutors charge Bin Laden lieutenant with murder

After seven years in custody at Guantanamo Bay, a former top Al Qaeda commander and confidant of Osama bin Laden was arraigned Wednesday by U.S. military authorities there, pushing his case into the troubled military tribunal system...

Clinton’s Deep Distrust Of Pakistan

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton’s new book offers key insights into the administration’s hunt for Osama bin Laden and their distrust of Pakistan’s role in hiding Target Number One.

Al Qaeda suspect arraigned at Guantanamo Bay

A former Al Qaeda commander and confidant of Osama bin Laden is to be arraigned Wednesday by U.S. military authorities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making his case the third-highest prosecution in the troubled military tribunal system.

Behind the Benghazi Takedown

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

In echoes of the raid to capture Osama bin Laden, Delta Force operators practiced on a mock-up of Ahmed abu Khatallah's compound before going into the real thing.


President Barack Obama bragged about killing Osama Bin-Laden, saying Al-Qaeda was virtually defeated, but maybe the gloating was out of place. “Osama Bin-Laden is dead, and Al-Qaeda is on the run,” claimed Obama, but Osama Bin-Laden has just reached back from the grave to laugh at Obama. Recent events show Osama’s recruits beat Obama’s rhetoric. […]

Obama's Magical Symbolism

Like Osama Bin-Laden, Barack Obama lives in a symbolic universe, thinking he is its center.

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Bloomberg: Al-Qaeda’s Heirs. Osama bin Laden is dead. So is much of the influence his organization built with the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Al-Qaeda, however, lives on through a collection of like-minded Islamist militias holding territory and threatening to redraw the map in the Middle East and North Africa. Show More Summary


By ERNEST ISTOOK The terrorist threat may grow worse than ever, despite a decade of American blood and treasure spilled in the Middle East. Osama bin Laden is dead but al Qaeda is not. One of its offshoots, known as ISIS, is gobbling up cities in Iraq and masses of refugees are fleeing. The jihadists are […]

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