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WASHINGTON (XF) - In the wake of reports that the US State Department used the online search engine Google to gather intelligence on Iran, The Xsociate Files has uncovered more unorthodox intelligence gathering methods employed by the Bush administration. The most unusual was the use of a Magic Eight Ball nicknamed "Lil' Cheney" by White House insiders.

According to a source who asked to remain anonymous, the eight ball, emblazoned with the official seal of the President, was present for all foreign policy meetings. Whenever the topic of Iran's nuclear capabilities and ambitions would be raised, President Bush would consult with the eight ball, often asking the same question several times.

When confronted with the allegations, a spokesman for the White House refused to comment on whether a similar method was used for gathering intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

(Filed at State of the Day)