An ad showcasing some of the most wanted international terrorists in the world is drawing criticism from at least one politician. Rep. Jim McDermott recently wrote a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller saying that an advertisement for the Joint Terrorism Task Force is racist. McDermott apparently has “deep concern” about the “Faces of Global Terrorism” ad.
According to McDermott’s letter, the “ad featuring 16 photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling.”
The letter continues: “Representing terrorists, however, from only one ethnic or religious group, promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism. The FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists List' includes individuals of other races and associated with other religions and causes, but their faces are missing from this campaign.”
The point of McDermott’s letter is that two of the people on the FBI’s 32-person “Most Wanted Terrorists List” have no connection to Islam.
McDermott concluded that the “bus ad will likely only serve to exacerbate the disturbing trend of hate crimes against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim-Americans.”
It is not the first time McDermott has ruffled feathers with what he has to say. He has previously commented that the government should issue “gas stamps” to lower-income Americans and that the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus could be used to deliver groceries to outer space, The Daily Caller reported.