In the global war on terror, information is everything.
A single tip from the public can save countless lives. A terrorist could be right in front of your own face. That’s why the FBI rolled out a new ad campaign on billboards and buses. It shows the faces of 16 of the world's most wanted terrorists.
Some, however, say they're being depicted in a less that flattering light.
“You look at the pictures, they're all one color of folks,” said Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle. McDermott has asked the FBI to pull the ads, calling them “racist” because there are no white people.
“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?”
Truth be told, there is at least one. His name is Omar Hammami. The FBI lists him as a 29 year old native of Alabama, but it’s hard to tell behind the beard and head wrap. The ad also shows three men of Asian descent. Of the 32 people on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list, only six are not of Middle Eastern origin.
Some say the poster isn't racist. It's reality.
“If these are the faces of terrorism, you have to go with what the truth is,” said Dale Cavanaugh after seeing the ad. “It's too bad that it comes across as racist.”
McDermott says he hasn't gotten a response from the FBI about his request to pull the ads. Calls from KING 5 to the agency were not returned Thursday.