Beginning in about 2005, the CIA began secretly developing a custom-made Osama bin Laden action figure, according to people familiar with the project. The faces of the figures were painted with a heat-dissolving material, designed to peel off and reveal a red-faced bin Laden who looked like a demon, with piercing green eyes and black facial markings.
The goal of the short-lived project was simple: spook children and their parents, causing them to turn away from the actual bin Laden.
Hmm, yes, very funny, maybe apart from the racist pseudo-anthropology. Anyway, this is the iron rule of the CIA: everything is true except the conspiracy theories, and we know they're not true because they're not weird enough. That aside, you can pluck any random bizarreness out of the ether - colonising Mars with trained gibbons, raising an army of zombie hopping ghosts to undermine Chinese communism - in full confidence that yes, indeed, they have tried that.