Good piece over at The Examiner. Contribute to the freedom fund and get these ads back up.
"Human rights group fighting to restore FBI anti-Jihad bus ads " by Jim Kouri The Examiner,
A New York City-based civil rights group is battling politically-correct politicians and pro-Islamist leaders in order to restore the controversial bus advertisement campaign by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the city of Seattle which was discontinued because it targeted jihad terrorism, according to officials at the American Freedom Defense Initiative on Monday.
The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force recently launched a publicity campaign as part of the Department of State's Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program. The program notified Americans that up to $25 million is being offered for information that helps stop terrorism and capture jihadists, according to the AFDI leaderhip. But due to complaints from Muslim organizations, the publicity posters on city buses were removed.
"Political correctness is killing Americans. A perfect example is Maj. Nidal Hasan: his fellow officers knew he was spouting jihadi rhetoric and yet out of fear that the political-correctness orthodoxy that's infiltrated the U.S. military would cause their personnel folders to be 'flagged," they remained silent until Hasan perpetrated his murder-spree at Fort Hood," said former police detective and U.S. Marine Mike Snopes.
"Even then, the Obama administration refused to recognize the attack as terrorism and labeled it 'workplace violence.' Are we to deny the evidence of our own senses?" asked Snopes.
According to Pam Geller, the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the RFJ rewards program is already proving itself successful. The State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security has paid out more than $125 million to about 80 informants who provided genuine, actionable information resulted in jihadis being captured and acts of terrorism thwarted.
This program was instrumental in leading to the arrest of jihadist Ramzi Yousef, who is now in prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
"This program saves lives," Geller said succinctly.
Successful or not, Jeff Siddiqui, of the American Muslims of Puget Sound in Washington State, was opposed to the advertisements. He claimed that Seattle-area Muslims called him, saying the Most Wanted Terrorists ad campaign made them "concerned for their safety."
"How is one to trust the FBI when they appear to be more concerned with their own interests than they are with the damage they are causing? We Muslims are now the collateral damage, God Bless America!," wrote Siddiqui.
Siddiqui claims that the ad is the same as the U.S. government placing posters on city buses with images of people from a single ethnic group with captions reading "the face of murders in the United States."
However, police officers in Seattle told the Law Enforcement Examiner -- in confidence -- that they were unaware of complaints regarding the anti-terrorism advertisements that were posted on Seattle buses.
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) -- also known as Baghdad Jim by his detractors -- wrote an official letter to the FBI demanding that the campaign be terminated. He claimed the message was "offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities" and encouraged "racial and religious profiling."
McDermott also stated that the bus ad would "likely only serve to exacerbate the disturbing trend against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim Americans."
However, the facts appear to contradict McDermott's claims, according to FBI statistics. The agency's figures reveal that American Jews are eight times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than Muslims.
And, according to the FBI web site, the ad was not unfair: of the FBI's "32 Most Wanted Terrorists," only two are not Muslims.
AFDI's Pamela Geller, who's a regular contributor to Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, explained in her statement: "If McDermott wanted the FBI to leave the Muslims off the Most Wanted Terrorists ad, he'd first have to convince Muslims to stop committing terror attacks in the name of Islam. But instead, he succeeded in getting the FBI to remove the ads. The FBI caved to this ridiculous imposition of Sharia blasphemy laws and political correctness.
"And that means that we're going to have to do their job for them. We're taking it upon ourselves to alert the public to the nature and magnitude of the terror threat. At our own expense, we're going to run the same ad on Seattle buses," she said.
"The AFDI ads exactly replicate the FBI ads, and will be appearing in Seattle in the near future," said Geller.