After three years of silence, the father of an Army private who was killed in a shooting at a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, is speaking out against President Obama’s refusal to call it a terrorist act.
Daris Long is upset with the current Administration’s refusal to acknowledge acts of terrorism that have been perpetrated against Americans, like the one that claimed his son’s life in 2009. Rather, the Administration has deemed acts of terrorism anything but—referring to them instead as “criminal acts,” cases of “workplace violence,” or even “bumps in the road.”
“Ignoring these issues won’t make them go away,” Long said at the Bloggers Briefing this week at Heritage. Long recognizes a pattern, “with the exception being Little Rock, the trend being Fort Hood,” and the proof of the pattern “now being Benghazi.”
The victims of the Fort Hood shooting are now breaking their silence as well. Long noted that Major Nidal Hasan had been “identified by a joint terrorist task force in San Diego months before carrying out his jihad” at Fort Hood. But Hassan’s statements, suggesting that he was a radical, were dismissed on the grounds that nobody wanted to “ruin his career,” according to Long.
Not only have acts of terrorism been carried out here in America, but the threat of domestic terrorism may only be growing. In a new documentary, Losing Our Sons, Long and Melvin Bledsoe, the father of the radicalized student who shot Long’s son in Little Rock, have come together to warn about the rise of Islamic extremism in America.
The Boston Globe describes the film as “heartbreaking and infuriating…an anguished wake-up call.” Losing Our Sons warns about the threat of Islamic extremism and shows the process in which a young student studying at Tennessee State University in Nashville became radicalized and went on to perpetrate an act of terrorism against America.
Long is spreading the word about a petition, “Why, Mr. President, Why?” urging Obama to call the three attacks against Americans what they are: terrorism.