During a shoot off with police, Long was killed by police officers. Long was of African-American dissent. He was a former Marine who, according to the US military, had spent time stationed in Iraq and was discharged in 2010 ranking as a sergeant.
As CNN reports, Gavin Long was an avid user of social media, and posted a series of tweets, posts, podcasts and videos on social media channels under a pseudo name of Cosmo Setepenra (1).
It was under his pseudonym that Long tweeted a link to a story about Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter who killed five police officers on July 7th, just ten days before the Baton Rouge shooting. Accompanying the link, Long tweeted, the shooter was “one of us! #MY Religion is Justice.”
In a video posted on YouTube by ‘Cosmo Setepenra’, Long talked about the need to ‘fight back’ and said that in Dallas, “Zero have been successful just over simple protesting.”
A Deadly Rampage
It is believed that Long was on a deadly rampage following the shooting of Alton Sterling by a police officer. Sterling’s death helped spawn a nationwide protest about the treatment of African-Americans by police in the United States.
According to CNN’s review of Long’s online activity, the gunman also had two websites, in which he described himself as a “Freedom Strategist, Mental Game Coach, Nutritionist, Author and Spiritual Adviser.” It has also been reported that Long followed a number of conspiracy groups dedicated to government monitoring and surveillance.
Email communication from Long’s email account shows that the shooter was a member of an organization known as ‘Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance.’ The Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance (FFCHS) website states its aim is to seek:
“Freedom and justice worldwide for those targeted with organised stalking and remote electronic assaults” (2).
The organization’s mission statement is:
“A human rights organization that identifies and networks with victims of organized stalking and remote electronic assaults, educates society about covert harassment issues, and advocates for citizens victimized by covert criminal activities.”
The group was set up in February 2005 and has members from nations around the world. The site admits it advocates social change through only peaceful means.
“We do not now nor will we ever condone any type of violence in our struggle for freedom.”
Was Long Under Electronic Harassment?
Long claims he was under electronic harassment. Electronic harassment is essentially a conspiracy theory that the government is involved in electromagnetic radiation and surveillance techniques that transmit thoughts into people’s heads. As Top Secret Writers reported in 2012, those who experience electronic harassment often consider themselves to be ‘targeted individuals’ (3).
It could be that Long joined the FFCHS in order to seek identify with others who claim they have been the victims of remote electronic assaults.
Long was also suspected to have ties to the Washitaw Nation, a Moorish sovereign group and an African-American branch of a broader sovereign citizen movement with roots in the white supremacist movement.
As NBC News reports, Washitaw nation believes that “federal, state, and local governments are corrupt and have no legitimate authority” (4). As J MacNab, a fellow for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University explains:
What they’ve done is they’ve taken the legal theories of the white supremacist movement of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and repackaged them with kind of an Egyptian, pan-African set of theme around them.”
Despite being associated with various groups and conspiracy communities, in a video posted on YouTube on July 8th, Gavin Long said he was not directed by any group and acted on his own.
“I just wanted to let y’all know, don’t affiliate me with nothing,” said Long on a video posted on YouTube. “I thought my own stuff; I made my own decision; I’m the one who gotta listen to the judgement.”
References & Image Credits:
(2) Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance
(3) TSW: Targeted Individuals Human Protection Software Suite
(4) NBC News
(5) Screenshot from YouTube Video