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article imageCIA operation to create demonic Bin Laden toys revealed

By Scott Tuttle     Jun 20, 2014 in Odd News
An abandoned CIA operation to mass produce a demonic Osama bin Laden action figure designed to scare Afghan and Pakistani children out of following or sympathizing with the fallen Al-Qaeda leader was recently revealed.
When new, the toy would appear as a normal 12-inch action figure of bin Laden. However, the paint for the toy's face was made of heat-dissolving material that would deteriorate after children played with it long enough to reveal a red-faced, green-eyed demon.
The purpose of the operation was to undermine support for Al-Qaeda by influencing children who lived in areas where Osama bin Laden was hiding at that time to view him as a demon in disguise. The code name for the operation was "Devil Eyes."
The project, which was first conceived in 2005, was revealed to the Washington Post by an anonymous figure who also claimed former Hasbro executive Donald Levine was contracted to design the doll.
Instrumental in the initial design of what would later become the G.I. Joe toys in 1964, Levine was a highly successful toymaker. However, the CIA's interest in Levine stretched beyond his natural talent and 60 years experience in toymaking. Levine also had done extensive business in China, where the CIA was planning to covertly mass produce Devil Eyes.
“[The operation] appealed to [Levine] because it had nothing to do with actually hurting someone,” said an anonymous figure close to Levine at the time of the operation. “It was the softer side of the CIA.”
In addition to the toys, the CIA also planned to hand out other educational materials such as pencils, notebooks, and other toys to school children in Pakistan and Afghanistan as a sign of goodwill. The handouts would be packaged together in backpacks and distributed on location.
In spite of rumors that many of the Devil Eyes action figures were produced and distributed, the CIA denies that the project was approved beyond the prototype phase.
“To our knowledge, there were only three individual action figures ever created, and these were merely to show what a final product might look like,” said CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani. He then went on to say the CIA had "no knowledge of these action figures being produced or distributed by others.”
According to the Washington Post, at least one Devil Eyes figure is still in the CIA headquarters.
Levine passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. When asked about his involvement with the Devil Eyes project, a member of his family responded by saying “Don Levine was a dedicated Patriot, and proud Korean War veteran. When called on, he was honored to assist our country.”
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