I feel so much safer knowing that the CIA was planning to make a fake Saddam sex tape:
The CIA secretly plotted to flood Iraq with a fake video making it look like Saddam was having sex with a teenage boy.
According to the Washington Post, the U.S. intelligence agency also targetted Osama bin Laden for the bogus propaganda, making a film purporting to show the al Qaeda leader sitting around a campfire with his cronies, swigging alcohol and discussing their conquests of young boys.
Squabbling over the projects, as well as budget cuts, meant the videos never saw the light of day.[...]
Former intelligence officials claimed the video showing Hussein having sex with a boy would have been staged using actors.
'It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,' said one ex-CIA agent. 'Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.'
Even better is the anonymous CIA agent to explain why they decided against this project:
Former intelligence officials dismissed the dirty tricks ideas as 'ridiculous'.
'They came from people whose careers were spent in Latin America or East Asia and didn't understand the cultural nuances of the region,' said an ex-agent.
Another CIA official, who has extensive experience in the region, said: 'Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East - nobody cares.
'Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.'
Oh, yeah. That's why it's ridiculous.
Reminds me of this revelation from a few years ago, even though it's CIA and this one is military:
The Air Force on Tuesday confirmed a report that in 1994 a military researcher requested $7.5 million to develop a non-lethal "love bomb" that would chemically alter the state of mind of enemy troops and make them want to have sex with each other rather than fight.
Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cathy Reardon said the idea was proposed by an Air Force researcher at a lab at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas, but it was rejected by the Defense Department. Officials noted that the Air Force constantly is considering funding proposals.
I used to say that if we put half the brain power into making people live longer that we put into killing them, we'd all be living to 120. I'm not so sure anymore.