Published October 26, 2012
As the political propaganda controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein’s “SEAL Team Six: The Raid of Osama bin Laden” continues, OPSEC (Operation Security) told to FOX411 that it will air ads in key battleground markets during its broadcast on the National Geographic Channel two days before the election.
After learning of the suspicious timing and Weinstein’s instruction to make the President a key character in the movie that spotlights the detailed process that went into the killing of bin Laden, OPSEC, a group of former Intelligence officers and Special Operations members concerned with the impact of increasing informational leaks, immediately sought approval to run their commercial “Bump in the Road.”
According to a press release, the ad seeks to “hit the Obama Administration for not telling the truth about the attacks in Libya that cost the U.S. Ambassador, two former SEALs and another U.S. diplomat their lives while also having politicized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.”
“President Obama wanted credit after our military killed bin Laden. Highly classified secrets were leaked, endangering real heroes and their families. But when terrorists kill SEALs and diplomats in Libya, this administration doesn’t tell the truth about what happened, and the President says it is just a bump in the road,” Scott Taylor, former Navy SEAL and president of the group, proclaims in the 30-second spot. “There is nothing acceptable about playing politics with national security and American lives… Aren’t some things more important than politics?”
“Bump in the Road” was filmed about three weeks ago and is already airing on some stations in Ohio and Virginia. A rep for OPSEC said that the spot has been approved by National Geographic, although the channel was not able to immediately comment on the issue.
“As soon as we heard the film was slanted to promote (Obama) and conveniently come out just before the election, making him the President look strong on foreign policy and national security we knew we had to do something,” Taylor told us. “The Obama administration has grossly exploited bin Laden’s death, and all the leaked information has hindered operations and put lives at risk.”
In an earlier interview with FOX411’s Pop Tarts column, the director of “SEAL Team Six,” John Stockwell, insisted that maintaining a high level of national security was his top priority, and some information he had heard was not included in the film for that very purpose.
“We were very careful not to compromise our national security,” he said.
Stockwell and Weinstein have both denied that the movie was in any way politically-skewed or intended to sway votes in Obama’s favor. National Geographic also asserted that “SEAL Team Six” was in no way “propaganda,” and that the timing of the broadcast was simply to take advantage of their exclusive rights and the fall programming schedule.