The ads, which began running this month in connection with a State Department program, features pictures of 16 men wanted around the globe for terrorist activities below the words: "Faces of Global Terrorism."
Among those criticizing the ads was U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle, who suggested they gave the impression that "terrorism only comes from one religion or one color of people," and said the ads might increase the risk of hate crimes against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim Americans.
"You're pointing a finger at a group of people, profiling them," McDermott said last week. "I don't think that's fair and I don't think its good for our society. It doesn't make us safer."
McDermott sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director
Robert Mueller, expressing concern over the ad campaign.
Some Seattle residents agreed with McDermott that the ads went too far.
"It's a good concept, but the way they have it displayed, or to display that concept--(that's) not a good way to do it," said Todd Helmarson.
Seattle FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt says the agency agrees that the ads could be taken that way. The FBI is working swap out those ads with others promoting the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program.