NOTE : A video of the ad is appended.
Of course the ad which is appended does not use the term torture but the pleasantly positive sounding euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques" The remarkable ad was produced by an outfit called Secure America Now (SAN). The organization claims to promote policies that will protect the U.S. against terrorism, attacks, and capitulation to U.S. enemies.
The ad's constant theme is fear and the dangers that the U.S faces. The worried lady in the ad says:"You know, it seems these days that not a single one of us steps on a train, boards an airplane, attends a concert or a sporting event and doesn't have at least a fleeting concern that terror could strike."Ominously in the background planes crash into the twin towers. The U.S. is at war and everyone is a target she complains. Of course one should worry more about looking both ways before one crosses the street I expect than about being a target of a terrorist attack.
Nevertheless all Americans are at risk and Obama fails to keep them safe. Imagine he apologized for U.S. exceptionalism and even promised to close down Guantanamo. The ad fails to mention that he hasn't. He also wanted to try terrorists in civilian courts. Of course he is now reverting to military tribunals.
The fact that many innocent people were imprisoned in Guantanamo and that some were tortured does not bother this lady. Torture is good. It keeps America safe. Even on this many experts think torture simply produces false information.
The ad lady also criticizes Obama for closing down the black sites where suspects were taken to be interrogated using her favored "enhanced interrogation techniques" She should rest easy however as the Obama order simply applied to the CIA program. There still may be special prisons at military sites such as Bagram in Afghanistan.
The ad lady goes on to claim that Obama has all but abandoned Israel. Now that is news. Obama has supported Israel on almost every issue and in particular has opposed attempts byto be recognized as an independent state by UN bodies. Obama continues to supply Israel with billions in military aid. He even threw in an extra 70 million to fund a rocket defense system.
She accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons while most experts believe that Iran is at most developing the capability to produce nuclear weapons. The woman asks: "Are we safer?"
Apparently not until the U.S. goes to war against Iran, restarts black sites under the CIA, and sends more billions to Israel.
"The question for every American is simply, are we safer?" the woman asks.