The CIA Almost Made This Scary Osama bin Laden Action Figure

In 2006, the CIA, with the help of a toymaker in China, developed three prototypes of an Osama bin Laden action figure. Seen here are two sample heads Photograph by Adam Goldman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

To help snuff out the influence of al Qaeda in Pakistan, in 2005 the CIA commissioned an action figure of Osama bin Laden, whose familiar visage would melt away to reveal the face of a demon. The intent was to scare children and their parents away from the real terrorist.

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