A group called the Defense of Democracies has started running an ad in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. The group is criticizing the House for failing to vote for an extension to a terrorist surveillance law. Here’s the ad.
The Foundation of Defense of Democracies says they are “the only nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism.”
DFL Rep. Tim Walz said the ad is reckless:
“Implying that America’s surveillance against terrorists is crippled is a lie. What’s worse, this group has encouraged terrorists to think our country’s surveillance system is weak, when nothing could be further from the truth. Why on earth would any group go on television and claim that America’s intelligence agencies can’t do their job?”
The Owatonna People’s Press writes about the ad flap here.