Losing Our Sons: Unlikely bond over tragic killing, part 3
Daris Long on government handling of son's death
- Duration 5:36
- Date Jun 19, 2012
Daris Long on government handling of son's death
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Radical Islam could have been one of the reasons it -- a variety of reasons like that was radical Islam one of them.
There are a variety of reasons why people do these things some of them are potentially religious -- -- are you uncomfortable attributing any of their actions to radical Islamic sounds like well I don't wanna say anything negative about being religion.
That's attorney general Eric Holder.
The simple truth.
That -- long was murdered.
By a young man who had been radicalized.
And I just want -- began.
Met Melvin when you see the attorney general is absolutely.
Denying not wanting to admit.
That your son was.
Shooting because of the radicalization he'd gone through in becoming a -- as -- react to that while.
It's a shame.
And I really feel very sad about that because -- -- written a letter to Eric Holder.
Shortly after the shooting and and I asked him.
Why how did they dropped the ball.
They knew my son.
This thing FBI agent.
Who investigate in my son's arrest in yemen's was from actually the same city and myself.
Almost with an -- what others -- resting in his.
We asked a federal government for help.
They knew all about what was taken place when my son and violence but yet they let -- come back to America and they supposed to have been -- -- him.
But it shows that they dropped the ball somewhere.
I think this whole matter could have been prevented if they had to -- did you.
And and terrorist your son has not even been awarded a purple heart.
He was denied -- why.
The issue is what we've been told initially was he didn't know enough information about it we provided a two inch thick thing.
That we had gleaned off the Internet -- 38800.
Articles on -- looking moment on the Internet as a last December.
Then -- came back because it is a criminal act.
Now what we're hearing is that the president might overturn a veto the national defense authorization act.
Because of the Little Rock purple heart issue one of the reasons.
And they're saying because Arkansas tried him under criminal law.
Not terrorism -- the governor of Arkansas Arkansas does not have any statutes relating to terrorism that is a federal and Rodney Leisle.
For them to sit there and turn rendered.
I was told by the a person in the know back in 2010 that some people think this is the way to go.
Yeah that's a way to go if you want to bury something.
We received a letter from the president of the United States on the fifth to June 2009.
Giving us a letter condolences letter of condolences.
Do not go to murder victims who were soldiers in the United States they go to war -- We got a personal phone call from the president on the eleventh.
And then things started going downhill we met with the with the US attorney -- And with the FBI on the second of September 2009.
And -- basically said they were continuing on.
But they were glad that the state was pursuing it because they could continue their investigation without a time limit.
That -- this is such a cover up its its very apparent.
That there is -- orchestrated attempt within the federal government to deny the facts including the statement Melvin that your son made to the Associated Press in which.
He said he did it as an active Islamic terror he justified.
He even called it common sense you get when you tried to say this to congress.
This is the encounter and the contemptuous response you get from members of congress let's watch.
While I appreciate the anecdotes of those who have spoken I don't think that they are necessarily.
I don't know very enlightening what you.
Both have gone through.
It is an -- -- seen the words you use to describe it.
And I think his values -- is a tragedy we weren't.
I find myself just wanting to jump up and scream for heaven's sakes.
Anecdotes that huge interest and no it is -- radicalization.
Of the young American.
And then -- is he using that radicalization to kill your son -- a military.
Member serving his country in uniform killed in the line of duty.
And our own government will not -- knowledge why he died.
And that's why I think this this documentary is so very important.
It -- and Melvin I wanna say first of all thank you thank you for giving us an example of an extraordinary capacity for.
-- could be able to sit together.
The wings and since pension.
Sanity out of the insanity that the government is dealt you.
But also I hope and I say this will all my heart I hope.
That you'll get this documentary losing our sons watch it.
Get your friends your family to see if it opened my eyes to some things and I thought I was fairly informed.
And it is powerful it is a gut punch as the best way I can describe it.
-- terrorists thank you and got -- -- -- -- -- -- -- What you had been doing.