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Rhode Islanders react to images of Osama Bin Laden action figure prototype

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Samantha Lavien


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Images of an Osama Bin Laden action figure were released on Friday by the Washington Post. The paper is reporting that the CIA secretly developed the toy back in 2005 working with Donald Levine, a former executive of the Rhode Island based company, Hasbro.

Code named Devil eyes, the images of the prototypes show an Osama Bin Laden doll with a face made to peel off revealing a red faced depiction of the former Al Qaeda leader.

"Oh my god it's like shocking. I'm just like flabbergasted," said Kimberly Carey.

The Post reports that the goal of the project was to use these figures as a scare tactic.

"This to me is going to a whole different level and to me it's not acceptable," said Susan Lebeau.

"I don't think people would fall for it... it's just kind of silly in my opinion,” said Ryan Dickinson.

The CIA told the Post that the project was stopped shortly after the prototypes were created. It isn't clear how many were made, but a source told the paper that hundreds were sent to Pakistan in 2006.

People learning of the news on Friday have mixed opinions about the whole idea of using a toy to send a message about a terrorist leader.

"I think it was a good idea,” said Marine Corp. Veteran Al Marro.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous they make the doll look like a star wars character. I don't think it was effective at all in scaring kids,” said Dave Almeida.

Levine's family told the Washington Post that he was a dedicated patriot who was proud to assist our country.

Osama Bin Laden was killed in may of 2011.

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