The CIA once considered a plan of developing Osama Bin Laden dolls that turned into a demon when exposed to heat in an attempt to counter Bin Laden's influence on children in Afghanistan.
The agency produced three prototypes of the doll with the help of Donald Levine, the former head executive of the Hasbro toy company. The final prototype of the toy, although it was never released to the public, included an Osama Bin Laden face that, when exposed to heat, melted off to reveal a demonic expression with red and black designs and piercing green eyes. The toy was designed so the evil face would be exposed when heat from a child's hands touched the doll.
The purpose of the toys was to counter Osama Bin Laden's powerful influence on Afghani children and their parents. The 12-inch doll came wearing traditional Afghani clothing and was sold in a cheap box wrapped in plastic. The body of the doll had already been in production in China when Levine partnered with the CIA to superimpose the Bin Laden face. more >>
The CIA women who spent years searching for Osama bin Laden and aided in his death are the subject of a new HBO documentary entitled "Manhunt." The film tells "the real story" of the 20-year hunt for bin Laden, which includes a team of women who worked to find him, according to director Greg Barker.
"Zero Dark Thirty" focused on the story of "Maya," a CIA operative whose work played a major role in bin Laden's death. While the role of "Maya" was allegedly based on just one woman's work, Barker's documentary notes that there was no one woman responsible for bin Laden's capture. Instead, it was a team of women known as the "Sisterhood."
"Manhunt" includes interviews with several retired CIA agents including Nada Bakos, Cindy Storer, and Barbara Sude. Their search for bin Laden began long before the 9/11 attacks, which put an international spotlight on the leader of al-Qaida. more >>
Kathryn Bigelow, director of the controversial "Zero Dark Thirty," has written a new essay in which she defends her depiction of torture in the movie but also denounces torture in her personal life. "Zero Dark Thirty" tells the story of how American officials tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden, using torture to do so.
"Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement," Bigelow wrote in an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times. "I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen."
Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain have requested to see the documents shown to Bigelow by the CIA, and lawyers are looking to see whether CIA officials provided false information about the techniques used to interrogate inmates. more >>
Taliban-linked militants have killed 103 people in Pakistan on Thursday in three major bombings, marking one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent months.
Officials said that the heaviest attack occurred in the city of Quetta, where 69 people were killed while another 69 were injured at a blast at a billiard hall, The Associated Press reported.
Another bomb blast at a Sunni Islam mosque in the Northern city of Mingora killed 22 people while injuring 70, and yet another blast in a commercial area in Quetta targeting paramilitary soldiers killed 12 people and wounded 40 others. more >>
Prince Harry has been dubbed a "jackal" by an Afghan insurgent warlord on Wednesday.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar continued to describe the British royal as a shameless drunk who was out to kill innocent Afghans during an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
"It seems that some British authorities still dream about the times of the 18th and 19th century and they want their ambassador to be treated like a viceroy and their prince to go out in uniform to hint for human beings and play the Satanic role that they used to play in the past," said the insurgent in translated comments, according to Reuters. more >>
A treasure hunter has put forth the claim that he knows where the body of Osama Bin Laden is and is currently trying to raise funds for the expedition.
Bill Warren, 67, a treasure hunter from California, stated that he still holds his doubts that the United States killed Bin Laden and buried him at sea. The government has not released any photographs as proof, which has only fueled skeptics.
Warren explained that the Bin Laden's body "is two hundred miles west of the Indian city of Surat." Warren stated that he was able to determine the location of the body by using satellite photographs recently released by the Navy. more >>