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McDermott and others are outraged that most of the 16 people on the ad are clearly Middle Eastern. He wrote a letter to the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department and others last week asking that the Joint Terrorism Task Force 'Faces of Global Terrorism' ad be removed.
"What if you had an ad going around on buses with 16 pictures of blacks on them and the title saying "the faces of national murderers and rapists?" asks Jeff Siddiqui, founder of the American Muslims of Puget Sound.
I agree that civilian vigilance is important to the fight against extremism. Representing terrorists, however, from only one ethnic or religious group, promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism. The FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List includes other races and associated with other religions and causes but their faces are missing from this campaign.
I have not seen these signs yet, but the ones I keep seeing are the human trafficking ones that are subtly targeting minorities (mostly asian and mexican from the signs I've seen so far).
An independent review of terrorism legislation in the UK notes that government rhetoric regarding terrorism is “exaggerated for political or commercial purposes” and that many more people are killed each year by bee stings.
Look at you, being all Political and understanding the Necessity of these Ads. Nothing gets past you.