In the aftermath of the Baton Rouge cop slaying, we are learning more about the vile killer.
Gavin Eugene Long was one of possibly three men who ambushed six cops at an area gas station. He was responsible for the murder of three of those cops.
While Long was killed in the confrontation, his poisonous influence is still being felt.
Law enforcement and the media are uncovering details of this man’s life. And the facts are simply astounding. The amount of evidence that connected this man to a future of violence against police and Americans was undeniable.
So how is it we are just learning about him after cops were killed?
Take a look at what Daily Mail discovered:
Long, who claimed to have once been a member of the Nation of Islam, also declared himself a ‘sovereign citizen’ – part of a movement that believes the government and police hold no authority over them.
In a 2011 bulletin, the FBI said it ‘considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement’ and called the group a ‘growing domestic threat to law enforcement.’
After leaving the Marines, Long became a life coach and self-styled ‘Alpha-preneur’ with a massive online presence. Using the pseudonym ‘Cosmo Setepenra,’ a delusional Long used YouTube, Instagram and podcasts to share his warped manifesto with the world.
He was angered by the shooting of black men by police officers and shared a gruesome video of a black man shooting a police officer in his squad car on Twitter last month.
In recent YouTube videos, he ranted about ‘crackers’ – a derogatory term for white people – and spoke about Alton Sterling’s death. ‘If I would have been there with Alton — clap,’ Long said in a video posted last Thursday, the Daily Caller reports.
It’s clear that Long was trying to use social media and a variety of online tools to build a profile for himself and a hate-spewing, domestic terrorist. The trail of his dangerous views spreads from YouTube to Twitter, to a plethora of online accounts. He openly declared himself a “sovereign citizen” a designation branded by the FBI as a terrorist movement. He posted videos of cops being murdered.
So it begs the question: why was he allowed to perpetrate this crime? Why didn’t the FBI or other federal law enforcement agencies watch this very dangerous man?
Recent terrorist attacks could have been avoided, had those responsible for social media did their part. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (among all the others) regularly monitor the content posted to their sites. They are quick to pull down offensive content that breaks their user agreements. Recently they’ve been criticized for censoring conservative speakers and anyone who speaks ill of Islam.
Yet the killers of San Bernardino, Orlando, and now Baton Rouge used these networks extensively to spew hate on America and white cops. These social networks did nothing.
They could have reported the content these terrorists posted to the FBI and Homeland. These agencies could then have used legal means to prevent them for committing murder. Yet Facebook and the others turned a blind eye.
This is also an indictment on every person who knew Long and was exposed to his rhetoric. They could have reported his posts declaring war on cops, yet they didn’t. It is also an indictment on the NSA and other security agencies. With all their surveillance, they didn’t spot this obvious red flag?
We need to do more to protect ourselves and our neighbors. We need to be vigilant and never turn a blind eye to someone inciting violence against American citizens.
We can stop violence before it happens. We can’t afford not to.
Source: Daily Mail