Will President Obama's And Senator Kerry's Speeches Tonight Continue Politicization Of The Raid That Delivered Justice For Victims Of 9/11?

Sep 06, 2012, 17:09 ET from OPSEC

Campaign Still Promotes Partisan Political Attack Ad Featuring Military, Sit Room Footage of OBL Raid

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite condemnations by senior U.S. military leaders about the use of military images and operations for political purposes, media reports about the contents of speeches at tonight's Democratic National Convention have raised questions about whether President Obama and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) intend to continue the re-election campaign's politicization of the raid that killed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden.  The campaign continues to promote an ad released on the one year anniversary of the raid that is titled "One Chance" and uses military images and photos from the White House Situation Room about the raid to support a partisan political attack on the president's election opponent.  Scott Taylor, president of OPSEC, issued the following statement in advance of President Obama's and Sen. Kerry's speeches later this evening:

"The raid authorized by President Obama that killed Osama bin Laden delivered justice for 9/11 and was possible thanks to the work, courage and sacrifice of thousands of Americans and one heroic SEAL team.  It should serve as a reason to reflect on our loss and thank those who serve to protect us rather than as the basis for a partisan attack by the president's re-election campaign.

"The Obama campaign already demeaned the service of those who made the raid possible by turning it into a vicious attack ad criticizing the president's political opponent and eagerly giving Hollywood producers unprecedented access to sensitive information for a movie originally set to be released prior to the election.  Hopefully President Obama and Senator Kerry will honor those who have served – and continue to serve – the whole country and not any one political party or candidate tonight by refraining from politicizing the raid that killed the man responsible for the deaths of more than three thousand Americans."

OPSEC previously released the film "Dishonorable Disclosures," a documentary short film that views the impact of the increasing number of leaks on Intelligence and Special Operations missions, tradecraft, tactics and capabilities from the perspective of those who have relied on these tools to carryout similar missions and protect themselves and those they served alongside.  The film is being shown at events in key states across the country over the next several months, including Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada.  More information about OPSEC and news about the release of "Dishonorable Disclosures" can be found at www.OpSecTeam.org.