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 >>
WASHINGTON – For the conservative movement to succeed it must reach out to "average working Americans," says former United States Senator Rick Santorum.
In a speech at the "Road to Majority 2014" conference on Friday morning, Santorum stressed the need to appeal to what he has in the past called "blue-collar conservatives."
"As a movement we have not been connecting with the people who are hurting in this country and providing them a message and a plan for them to embrace and live the American dream," said Santorum. more >>
U.S. forces captured the suspected ringleader from the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya this past weekend, an official with the Obama administration told reporters Tuesday.
Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged ringleader in the 2012 consulate attack that killed four Americans, was captured on Sunday near Benghazi by U.S. Special Operations forces that included the FBI and American troops. Although officials with the administration remain secretive regarding Khattala's current whereabouts, they have confirmed to multiple media outlets that the suspect is currently en route to the United States to face trial.
The U.S. previously charged Khattala with "killing a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility involving use of a firearm," conspiring and providing material aid to terrorists, and possessing a firearm during a violent crime. Khattala is the commander of the country's Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia that rose to prominence after the fall of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. more >>
As the fallout from the Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners of war continues to reverberate, there's a fascinating statement from one MSNBC host on the subject.
On June 4, "Now with Alexander Wagner," the MSNBC host said she hoped the swap may lead to "broader negotiations" with the Taliban.
"Broader negotiations" with the terroristic Taliban? Reasoning with those who have proven themselves incapable of humane reasoning? more >>
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now making the media rounds promoting her new book. Initial reports are not very favorable as the price has already been slashed at outlets such as Books a Million and on Amazon; the Green Smoothie Cleanse is topping it in sales.
Mrs. Clinton is obviously gearing up for a 2016 presidential campaign and using this new book to energize supporters and hone her message. Even though Clinton is a political veteran, she has plenty of work to do on her messaging. In one of her first interviews, Hillary has already made a major mistake and taken the focus away from her book and her attempt to revise history.
When Diane Sawyer of ABC News asked Clinton about her $5 million in speaking fees, the former First Lady tried to elicit sympathy. According to Clinton, "Well, if you -- you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt." She claimed that their family faced mortgages and tuition costs for their daughter Chelsea. Remember, this is the same woman who grew a measly $1,000 investment in cattle futures into $100,000, thanks to great connections. She sat on corporate boards and was a high priced attorney prior to becoming First Lady. Her husband also collected $200,000 as President of the United States. Their legal defense fund raised millions to fight the impeachment charges and both Hillary and Bill Clinton earned millions from book deals. In other words, the Clintons were anything but "dead broke." more >>
Overlooked in the midst of all the celebrations in Egypt concerning the presidential victory of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, his predecessor, President Adly Mansour-who very much shares in Sisi's worldview and politics-made a strange comment about the place of the nation's Christian minority, the Copts. (Sisi installed Mansour as acting president of Egypt on July 4, 2013, after ousting former President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party during the June 30 Revolution, which was supported by the Coptic Church.)
In a televised speech delivered a few days ago, Mansour addressed the Copts in a very inclusive way, one much welcomed and appreciated by Egypt's Christians. Among other things, he indicated that they were equal citizens, "brothers" to the Muslims; that they have been an integral part of Egypt's history; that both Copts and Muslims are victims of and enemies to "terrorism" (a reference to the Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations).
Then he said: more >>