Erasing the ‘Faces of Global Terrorism’

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


130621_Billboard_Terrorist_Wanted5_660In the same war against truth that recently saw the UK ban Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, the FBI announced it will be pulling ads featuring wanted terrorists off Seattle-area buses, due to complaints that they stereotype Muslims.

The 46 ads are part of a campaign initiated by the Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force for the State Department’s “Rewards for Justice” program. Sixteen photos of wanted terrorists are featured beneath the heading, “Faces of Global Terrorism.” Below the photos, the tagline reads, “Stop a Terrorist. Save Lives. Up to $25 Million Reward.”

On Tuesday, Titan, the company handling King County Metro bus advertising, received a request from the agency task force, asking that the ads be taken down, according to King County Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer. Switzer further revealed that King County Metro had receive six complaints about the ad on its customer information line. FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt said the pullback was “a result of our continued engagement with the community and the feedback we are getting.”

Part of that feedback came from Jeff Siddiqui, the founder of American Muslims of Puget Sound. Siddiqui said he had received phone calls from other Seattle Muslims concerned for their safety. He contended an ad posted by the government of men from another ethnic group on billboards with the tagline, “the face of murders in the United States,” would be just as objectionable. “It is affecting all kinds of people who have no experience with Muslims, who look at it and say, ‘Oh, Muslims are the face of global terrorism,’” Siddiqui contended.

Actually, according to a 2011 National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) report published in 2012, Muslims are the face of global terrorism. The report reveals that Sunni Muslims were responsible for “about 70 percent” of the 12,533 terrorist murders committed in 2011. This compares to 1,926 murders committed by “secular/political/anarchist” groups, 1,519 by “unknown” factions, 170 by a category described as “other”, and 77 by “Neo-Nazi/Fascist/White Supremacist” groups.

Muslims also comprised the largest number of victims. “In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years,” the report added.

Nonetheless, showing photos of wanted terrorists — and hence, showing the truth about Islamic terrorism — was vocally opposed by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA). He wrote a letter to FBI director Robert Mueller last week, saying that such ads “only serve to exacerbate the disturbing trend against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim-Americans.” “When you start saying that this is the face of terrorism, you are really stigmatizing a whole group of people,” he added.

McDermott took his criticism one step further in an interview with King 5 News reporter Eric Wilkinson, alleging, predictably, that the ads were racist. “You look at the pictures, they’re all one color of folks,” the Congressman contended. “Terrorists come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re gonna talk about terrorists, then don’t just talk about people with brown skin,” he said. “How many white faces were there on there?”

At least one. Omar Hammami, listed by the FBI, is a 29-year-old from Alabama. Three men of Asian descent were pictured as well. The complete breakdown is as follows: seven of the men are from countries in Africa, four are Filipino, three are U.S. born, one is Malaysian and one is Chechen. Furthermore, the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list is comprised of 32 people in total, only six of whom are not Middle Eastern in origin.

But according to McDermott, those looking at a poster on a bus moving at 35 mph can’t see the differences. “The impression you get is that terrorism is caused by brown-skinned men with beards, and occasionally they wear a turban–which isn’t true,” he insisted. McDermott’s office said State Department staff members attended a meeting last Monday with area community and civil rights organizations. As of now, two different ads will remain in place, posted on billboards, light rail and at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Yet in a move virtually guaranteed to render them ineffective, no photos will be included.

Telling the truth about global jihad is becoming a riskier and riskier business. Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has informed dedicated anti-jihadists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer that they have been barred from entering the UK for three to five years. They were scheduled to speak an English Defence League rally in London this weekend. For merely conveying facts about Islamic jihad, the Home Office charged that Spencer and Geller have set up  “anti-Muslim hate groups” and that their presence in the UK would “not be conducive to the public good.” The denial was based on ostensible violations of the British government’s “Unacceptable Behaviour” policy. One of the violations of that policy is to express views that “foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”

Fostering hatred is a remarkably flexible term in Britain. While Spencer and Geller have been unfairly demonized, no action has been taken against a genuine hate-spewer, British cleric, Anjem Choudary. Choudary recently told his followers to claim welfare benefits and said that Prime Minister David Cameron should be killed. Yet Choudary is not only welcome to say whatever he wants, he is also welcome to take home more than $38,000 a year in welfare transfers, and live in a house in Leytonstone, East London worth more than $486,000. That he also mentored the terrorist thugs who hacked to death British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight on a London street is of no consequence as well.

Supports may justify the tolerance of Choudary’s hatred by the fact that he’s a British citizen whose father was a Pakistani immigrant who sought refuge in the UK. However, there are a multitude of jihadi foreigners welcomed into the country. For instance, the Home Office allowed radical Saudi preacher Muhhamed al Arefe into the country, despite al Arefe’s statement that a man “may use beatings to discipline his wife.” Arefe is known for promoting hatred against Shiites, and a movement developed to petition the Home Office to refuse him entry because he instigates “community tension.” The Home Office, of course, denied the request.

With respect to both the Seattle bus ad debacle and the banning of Spencer and Geller, the common denominator is the vicious effort to conceal the truth about terrorism and its primary cause, radical Islamic ideology. Meanwhile, those who oppose the true hate preachers and violence promoters are delusionally accused of the very crimes they seek to expose. Every one of the men pictured in the bus ads in Seattle is a dedicated terrorist. Yet as far as the unholy alliance of American leftists and Muslim activists is concerned, any depiction of that reality constitutes “Islamophobia.” The same unholy alliance in the UK countenances the likes of Choudary and al Arefe, while those who would challenge their despicable world view are literally barred from entering the country. The Orwellian paradigm of “war is peace … ignorance is strength” is rapidly becoming too hegemonic to combat.

Sadly, none of this is surprising. Islamists, like their leftist allies, have become well-versed in both newspeak and incrementalism. Grievance politics frees them to promulgate intolerant jihadism, even as those who challenge them are tarred as religious bigots. Incrementalism enhances that effort, as the West slowly capitulates in a variety of ways, the most distressing of which are the scrubbing of references to jihad and Islamic terror FBI training manuals and the ongoing infiltration of Islamists into the highest levels of U.S. government.

The Rewards for Justice program has been around since 1984. Approximately $125 million has been paid to more than 80 people for information that led to the arrests and convictions of those who would do Americans grievous harm. In 1995, it played a significant role in the arrest of Ramzi Yousef, one of the terrorists convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Despite that reality, the ads will be removed from Seattle buses in the next seven to ten days. What won’t be removed is the ongoing threat to this nation posed by Islamic terrorism and its perpetrators.

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  • ElizabethMC

    Switzer further revealed that King County Metro had receive six complaints about the ad on its customer information line….
    Interestingly, the callers spoke with a middle eastern accent…..:-)

    • dizzyizzy

      As I said above, appeasement rules the day.

  • Numb3rTech

    Where can I get a banner or sign with those terrorists? I will put signs on my car with their pictures so people will know who to be looking out for. You can’t see them if you don’t know what they look like. It is a shame that if the Muslims are so against violence, that they would not be anxious to turn them in. Muslim’s are hypocrites when it comes to ISLAM.

  • DOYOULOVEAMERICA

    We hope and pray that terrorist wipe out Washington DC with a nuclear weapon, GOD willing……LOL…..

  • dizzyizzy

    We should be looking at the Islamist threat through the lenses of military history. Instead the move to “culturalism” advocated by New Dealers in the late 1930s chose “intercultural communication” and appeasement as the weapons. They were toothless. I wrote an essay about this turn away from common sense self-defense here: http://clarespark.com/2009/12/12/switching-the-enlightenment-corporatist-liberalism-and-the-revision-of-american-history/. “Switching the Enlightenment: corporatist liberaliism and the revision of American history.”

  • drthomasedavis

    Damned bleeding-heart liberals. America has been fighting injustice, murderous hoodlums, Muslims and the like for years. Now you stupid government flunkies want to protect them from detection and some sense of fair play. Muslims murder on a whim and you idiots choose not to put their pictures up on the wall. My gut reaction is, “Deport EVERY Muslim immediately.” They are low life scum not fit to live with honest human beings.

  • Gee

    Rep. Jim McDermott should be charged with aiding and abetting terrorism

    • Betty4440

      I doubt he will be Rep. come voting time.

      • OfficialPro

        I dunno, there’s some really frickin’ dumb people in his district. Or a heck of a lot of Illegal Voters.

  • Michael Copeland

    That “whole group of people” stigmatises itself. It is called Track Record.

  • Jerry G

    I guess that the only criminals pictured on most wanted posters will be white, which of course is the way Whites are looked upon by Obama and his supporters.

  • Allen

    “It is affecting all kinds of people who have no experience with Muslims, who look at it and say, ‘Oh, Muslims are the face of global terrorism,’” – Well they ARE!

    • MarilynA

      Not only are they the face of terrorism, they have honed the skill of terrorism to a new height. Not satisfied with just killing non believers and others just for the pure pleasure of killing , they have to mutilate the bodies by beheading them and parading around with the head to create more terror by flaunting their savagery.

  • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris Shugart

    Facial profiling! Who could have thought that identifying criminals was unfair?

  • tagalog

    We don’t negotiate with terrorists. We bury our heads in the sand and pretend they don’t exist.

  • CowboyUp

    My reply to offended muslims, “If it bothers you so much then go catch them, so they are no longer on the most wanted list.”

    • Betty4440

      they are afraid to do any thing to these muslims whether they are red,yellow,black,brown, and white, they are muslims and that is what scares them nothing else if they had been all white or black and not a muslim would he made the same statement? no.

  • Kristin

    Well AREN’T they the face of global terrorism these days????? So inane, I swear.

  • Mark

    Can never get enough of this…. Same story, a different day.
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  • JackWisdom

    Great article. Some call the poster profiling; I call it truthful reporting.

  • defcon 4

    Who will be on the most wanted FBI lists in the future? Critics of islamo-nazism? I’m sure that’s what the muslimes would like to see.

  • PowertodaPeople1848

    I agree with the author that the adds shouldn’t have been taken down; rather, they should have been amended to depict the biggest terrorists in the world, as measured by sheer terror inflicted on populations and lives taken or destroyed. Such a list would surely include the likes of Barack Obama, George Bush, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, and any number of CEOs from Big Oil, Wall Street, and international banking cartels.

    • defcon 4

      Tell it to the millions of kufrs collectively slaughtered in Turkey/Armenia, the Sudan and E. Timor by your fellow islamo-nazis Ahmed.

  • http://www.americarepublicspring.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    I hope Rep. McDermott will find a way to expose the terrorists who have committed 70% of terrorist murders. The present photographic method of identifying the culprits invariably shows Muslim terrorists as members of the ethnic group they belong to. McD objected to that, and the identification was stopped because he asked for it to be stopped.
    What do you mean? He doesn’t have one! He’s supposed to have one! What kind of person would object to exposing murderers, using methods within our constitutional means, and not have a better method of exposing the same murderers within our Constitutional means?
    Who listened t this guy, and helped him do that to us American citizens? We need changes made in the type of people who are doing things for us.
    Marvin Fox

    • OfficialPro

      Jim McDermott is a typical do-nothing (-good) Democrat.

  • Betty4440

    you know I blame obama for what is going on in the US. I want to know what happened with the child that was raped my a muslam man a week or so back. did not hear one word on the media about it and I listen to fox news. and nothing listen to rush nothing. what is wrong here. let these savages do as they please and the law does nothing? where is the truth news? tired of obama and his lies. we want the truth. isn’t their a news station that goes for the truth.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Catching up a bit late with this. Messrs Sidiqui and McDermott, et al, couldn’t ave damaged Islam any more if they had taken out ads in the top 50 U.S. Dailies with an ad that stated, “The World’s Top Terrorists Are Muslim and this administration is on their side and wants to hide this fact.” The ad had no mention of the word Muslim and 40-odd bus ads in Seattle don’t reach many people and folks don’t follow bus ads with any degree of interest. By making an issue of it, these dummies have brought themselves international publicity that informs folks who didn’t know and reminds those that did know that Muslims make up the bulk of the world’s terrorists and this administration seems to be in bed with them.