|Anders Breivik in court|
Brit Dee, Contributor
Norwegian police have today stated that anti-Islam terrorist Anders Behring Breivik acted entirely alone, without any “physical or psychological accomplices”.
Speaking at Breivik’s trial in Oslo, police officers testified that they had found no evidence of a wider network, and that they did not expect to find any in future.
Despite Breivik’s insistence that he was in contact with at least six other radicals, including two one-man cells in Norway, Oslo police chief Kenneth Wilberg stated that he felt sure there were no such contacts, and Alf Nissen of the Norwegian criminal police confirmed that no such accomplices had been identified.
Such apparently reassuring assertions were undermined, however, by other statements made by the men.
Wilberg confirmed that police have only been able to identify a small percentage of the intended recipients of Breivik’s emailed manifesto. Due to a network provider spam filter, only 1000 emails out of 8000 were successfully delivered when Breivik sent them. Breivik has said that another member of the Knights Templar network was on this email list; Wilberg admitted that finding them would be like “searching for a needle among 8000 other needles”.
Alf Nissen similarly undermined his confident earlier assertions when he said that “in theory, it is impossible to prove that something does not exist. All we can do is to look, look, look, and, at some point, we have to conclude that this doesn’t exist”. Nissen’s comment echoes one made by Breivik earlier in the trial, when he said that just because police hadn’t found such a network, does not mean that it doesn’t exist.
Breivik also pointed out that using such flawed logic means that he “didn’t exist either before July 22”, before warning that he “wouldn’t want to be the police spokesman when the next attack happens in Norway. Because it will happen.”
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Today’s testimonies are puzzling, and troubling. In addition to the many thousands of untraceable contacts, evidence proves that Breivik was indeed at the places he said he was, at the times when he claims to have met other extremists.
Breivik has consistently referred to a founding meeting of the Knights Templar in London in 2002, attended by three other militants, including a man described as his “mentor” and who he calls “Richard The Lionhearted”. A cafe credit card receipt proves he was indeed in London at the time. Stamps in his passport prove that he was in Liberia in Spring 2002, where he says he met a Serbian nationalist. The Serb, “wanted for war crimes”, is another contact who police have dismissed as non-existent.
If the assurances of the Norwegian police are an attempt to calm public fears about further nationalist terrorism then, as Breivik pointed out, such a strategy will horrifically backfire if they are wrong and a member of the “non-existent” network launches an attack.
An alternative theory may be that the dissonance we have seen today represents a deliberate “strategy of tension” reminiscent of that used during Europe’s long-running Operation Gladio; a calculated attempt to foster paranoia and fear amongst the population, which can then be exploited to advance the personal agendas of those manipulating events from behind the scenes.
This article first appeared at ResistRadio.com
Brit Dee’s ResistRadio.com is an independent media website approaching global news, politics and conspiracy theory from a radical, but critical and rational perspective.