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The CIA is known for all kinds of covert programs.
But you probably did not realize one of them involved making toys.
The Washington Post reports during the CIA's hunt for Usama bin Laden, it commissioned a doll of the Al Qaeda leader.
The project was codenamed Devil Eyes, because the doll's skin was designed to dissolve in the sun revealing a demonic black and red face with green eyes.
The goal was to cut into public support of bin Laden by scaring children and their parents.
One source told the Post hundreds of the toys were sent to Karachi, Pakistan back in 2006.
But the CIA claims only 3 prototypes were produced and none of the dolls were ever distributed.
Speaking of unusual warfare -- Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey wants you and Canada to know there are no plans for a U.S. invasion of our neighbor to the North.
The general felt the need to put that on the record after a passing mention by Indiana Senator Dan Coats.
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SEN. DAN COATS, R – IN: Now, I am fully aware that the Pentagon has a contingency plan on the shelf for just about every possible scenario, everything from nuclear war to an invasion by Canada and everything in between
GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN: Let me first assure you we do not have a plan on the shelf for the invasion of Canada.
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The U.S. actually did invade Canada in 1775 and 1812.
Foot in Mouth
Finally, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer did not mince words this week.
The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate took a shot at fellow Democrat and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein for her relationship with the intelligence community.
Quote -- "She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying."
Crossing the aisle, Schweitzer said ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- and all Southern men --sound a little effeminate and Cantor sets off his gaydar.
Well, Schweitzer held nothing back in his apology -- calling his comments stupid and insensitive.