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Monday
Nov122012

Norway Shooter Anders Breivik Complains About Cold Coffee in Jail

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- A Norwegian right-wing extremist responsible for the deadliest mass murder in his country's history is complaining about receiving inhumane treatment in prison.

Specifically, Anders Breivik is griping that his cell, along with his coffee, are always cold.

Breivik, found guilty earlier this year of the 2011 massacre of 77 people, many of them teens, is jailed in quarters that contain sections for sleeping, studying and exercising.

However, he maintains that he never gets enough butter with his bread, has to hurry through his morning shave and his handcuffs are "too sharp."

In addition, Breivik is critical of the way his cell is decorated.

Last July, the 33-year-old was judged sane by a Norwegian court and convicted on charges of terrorism and premeditated murder.  Breivik will spend a minimum of 21 years in prison rather than a mental institution and could possibly wind up behind bars for the rest of his life.

Norway, like other European countries, does not have the death penalty.

During the trial, Breivik defended his actions in court, based on the premise that Norway and the rest of the continent were becoming increasingly contaminated by allowing Muslims and other emigres to settle there and mix with Europeans.

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Friday
Aug242012

Norway Shooter Anders Breivik Ruled Sane, Sentenced to Prison

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- A right-wing extremist bent on ethnic cleansing was judged sane by a Norwegian court on Friday for last year's shooting and bomb deaths of 77 people.

The conviction on charges of terrorism and premeditated murder means that Anders Behring Breivik will spend a minimum of 21 years in prison rather than a mental institution, and could possibly wind up behind bars for the rest of his life.

Norway, like other European countries, does not have the death penalty.

Breivik, 33, was hoping not to be deemed insane.  He defended his actions in court, based on the premise that Norway and the rest of the continent were becoming increasingly contaminated by allowing Muslims and other emigres to settle there and mix with Europeans.

Breivik also claims he's the leader of a movement to crush multiculturalism, which he blames for the loss of Norway's national identity.  Many of his beliefs were detailed in a 1,500-page manifesto.

His killing spree unfolded on July 22, 2011 when a fertilizer bomb exploded outside government offices in Oslo, killing seven people.

The explosion was meant to be a diversion that enabled Breivik to board a ferry to Utoya Island, a 26-acre island that hosts a youth camp catering to the children of members of Norway's Labour Party and other prominent families.

Dressed as a police officer, Breivik proceeded to gun down 69 people, many of them teens.   When a Norwegian SWAT team finally arrived on the island and confronted the killer, he surrendered and was taken into custody.

During the trial, Breivik rejected being labeled a child murderer, claiming his victims were also to blame for multiculturalism.

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Friday
Jun222012

Norway Shooter Anders Breivik Gets the Stage at Trial’s Close

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- After closing arguments today, a Norwegian court will determine the fate of Anders Breivik, the right wing extremist who confessed to killing 77 people -- most of them teenagers -- in a rampage in Norway last July. But the shooter may have already won part of what he wanted all along: a world stage to spread his anti-Muslim message.

At the end of his trial, which began in April, Breivik took the stand to say that he was justified in killing dozens of youths at a summer camp for the country's liberal party and that history would exonerate him, according to local and international media reports. Breivik, who has confessed to the killing, said it was "self-defense," a preemptive strike against Muslims and "multi-culturalism" he believed were taking over Europe.

"History shows that you have to commit a small barbarism to prevent a bigger barbarism," the 33-year-old Norwegian said Friday. "The attacks on July 22 were preventive attacks to defend the indigenous Norwegian people... I therefore demand to be acquitted."

In what was described as a rambling statement, Breivik also decried perceived faults in the world, everything from Norwegians with non-Norwegian roots participating in the Eurovision Song Contest to the flippant attitude towards sex featured in the television series Sex in the City. Breivik claimed that fellow right-wing compatriots were behind a recent bomb scare at a Swedish nuclear plant.

Family members of several of Breivik's victims who were present in the court reportedly responded to the diatribe by walking out.

The court is expected to rule on the issue of Breivik's sanity before passing sentence. He will either be sent to prison or a psychiatric facility. Prosecutors have asked that he be ruled insane, but Breivik has argued that he was sane during the shooting and considered being called insane the "ultimate humiliation."

Regardless of the outcome, Breivik appears to have accomplished a key part of his plan to battle mutli-culturalism, as laid out in a 1,500-page manifesto posted online just before the massacre.

The meticulous manifesto describes a 60-year "war" against minorities in Europe waged by a secret group called the new Knights Templar and says that getting arrested is all part of the plan.

"Your arrest will mark the initiation of the propaganda phase," Breivik wrote. "Your trial offers you a stage to the world."

"In light of your newly acquired status as a living martyr for the cause, this newly acquired influential position will allow you to significantly contribute to further consolidation of either a national or pan-European Overseer organization or the establishment of a national prison movement (preferably political)," he says. "Alternatively: Escape from prison and initiate your 'bonus operation.'"

As of this report, no new right-wing pan-European Overseer organization has been identified.

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Wednesday
Jun062012

Prosecutors: Alleged Norway Killer Played 'World of Warcraft' 7 Hours Per Day

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Anders Breivik, the right-wing extremist who has confessed to killing 77 people during a murder spree in Norway last summer, played the violent computer game World of Warcraft nearly seven hours a day for several consecutive months before his attack, prosecutors say.

Breivik, 33, already known to have a long history with the online role-playing game, was particularly absorbed by it between November 2010 and February 2011, when he played for an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes per day, according to prosecutors.

The new evidence in Breivik's ongoing trial was presented in an Oslo court on Wednesday. When asked about his interest in the game by a prosecutor, Breivik angrily dismissed the idea that playing World of Warcraft had any connection to his attacks, according to media reports.

"It is not relevant to this case whatsoever," Breivik said, getting so upset that he threatened to turn off his microphone, according to Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.

On July 22, 2011, Breivik detonated a bomb in central Oslo that killed eight people, and then shot and killed 69 people attending a youth summer camp on the nearby island of Utoya. Breivik admitted mounting the attacks after his arrest, and used weapons named after Norse gods to massacre his victims.

He has previously stated that he played Warcraft, as well as another "first-person shooter" game called Modern Warfare, for hours daily.

In Warcraft, players assume the identity of an online character to use magic and weapons to battle monsters and other characters and go on quests.

According to prosecutors, Breivik played Warcraft under the aliases "Andersnordic" and "Conservatism."

Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen, who was brought in as an expert witness for Breivik's defense earlier this year, said in an interview with the British network ITN that Breivik was apparently unable to separate games from reality.

"He does not seem to be very successful at distinguishing between the virtual reality of World of Warcraft and other video games and reality," Eriksen said.

In a March 2008 post on a Web forum devoted to the game, user "Andersnordic" posted that the game had been responsible for making him "300kg, bald and pale," and told the game's developer Blizzard Entertainment, "You'll hear from my lawyer!"

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Wednesday
Mar072012

German Store Changes Name After Anti-Nazi Protests

ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images(CHEMNITZ, Germany) -- A German clothing brand accused of capitalizing on the notoriety of confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik by naming a new store "Brevik," dropping only one letter from the right-wing extremist's last name, has bowed to public pressure and changed the name.

Thor Steinar, a clothing company popular with neo-Nazis and once banned by the German government for using Nazi imagery, opened its Brevik store in the eastern German city of Chemnitz earlier this week. Thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand the name be changed.

On Wednesday, the company that owns Thor Steinar said the connection with Anders Breivik was unintentional and that the name would be changed. A sign above the front door with the name Brevik has already been removed and replaced with a sign reading Tonsberg, the name of another Norwegian town.

Breivik, who has confessed to twin July 2011 attacks in Norway that killed 77 people, was indicted on terror charges in Oslo Wednesday. Breivik said he detonated a bomb and shot nearly 70 people to protest Muslim immigration.

The company had initially defended its choice to name its latest store Brevik by noting that each of their 13 stores is named for a town, and Brevik is a small town in Norway, south of Oslo.

Thor Steinar had already used the name Brevik for a store three years before the Norway massacre made the name Breivik synonymous with right-wing violence. In 2008, the company opened and quickly closed an outlet called Brevik in Hamburg.

"The linguistic similarity of the names Brevik and Breivik is awkward but not deliberate and in no way must be seen as a provocation," said Mediatex, which owns Thor Steinar, in a written statement.

The brand also uses other Norwegian imagery in its marketing, including the national flag and other town names.

"We consider it very regrettable," said Anne-Kirsti Wendel Karlsen of the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, "that Thor Steinar uses Norwegian place names in order to associate Norway as such with Thor Steinar and the extreme right-wing scene. Acting at the request of a number of communities, we have asked that Norwegian town names not be used. But we unfortunately have no legal recourse to pursue it through the courts."

The company has previously been in trouble for the alleged use of Nazi imagery. It was banned by the German government in 2004 for similarities between its logos and SS symbols, but then changed its products to make them legal under German law.

Whatever Thor Steinar's motivation, its choice of Brevik as a store name had sparked outrage in both Germany and Norway.

"Such a thing is shocking and completely unacceptable," Katja Uhlemann, a spokeswoman for the city of Chemnitz, told German media. "For us, as a town, it's clear, we do not want such a shop," she added, saying that all legal possibilities for action against the store were being examined.

A Saxony-based neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Underground hid in Chemnitz and a nearby town for more than 13 years before it was broken up by police in November 2011. The cell allegedly killed 10 people, nine immigrants and one police officer, in cities throughout Germany between 2000 and 2006, and several members are awaiting prosecution.

Anders Breivik will go on trial April 16. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 21 years on the terror charge, but can be detained indefinitely. He may not to go prison at all, since prosecutors believe he is psychotic and will seek to have him committed to a mental hospital, where he can also be held indefinitely.

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Monday
Feb062012

Norway Shooter Demands 'Medal of Honor' for Killings

AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- The man accused of killing dozens of people -- many of them teenagers -- in dual terror attacks in Norway gave what was described as a fascist salute in court Monday before saying he deserves a "medal of honor" for the 2011 massacre.

Anders Breivik, a 32-year-old right-wing extremist who has repeatedly confessed to the July 22 bombing in Oslo followed by a shooting spree at a nearby youth summer camp that killed 77 people, reportedly smirked as he appeared in a Norwegian court Monday for a scheduled detention hearing. Approximately 100 survivors and family members of victims of the attacks were in the court audience.

During the hearing, Breivik told the judge he should be released from custody and said he deserved the military medal for his work against his country's "traitors" in the fight against the "Islamic colonization of Norway." Breivik claimed that the terror attacks were "preventative" moves and said he acted in cultural self-defense.

"Ethnic Norwegians will become the minority in 10 years in Oslo," Breivik reportedly said.

Despite his confessions, Breivik has said he is not guilty of any crime. Breivik's attorney, Geir Lippestad, said such statements could foreshadow what's to come when Breivik goes on trial for terrorism charges in April.

In a 1,500-page online manifesto posted just before he launched his attacks, Breivik apparently wrote that he was just one operative in the beginning of a violent Christian conservative revolution in Europe led by a group called the new Knights Templar. Breivik had planned on a 60-plus-year struggle against mutliculturalism until the Knights would take control over Europe, the manifesto said.

The meticulous manifesto detailed Breivik's years-long preparations for the attack and presents an academic-style argument against what he called multicultural Marxism and Islamic colonization. In it, he says being arrested is all part of the plan.

"Your arrest will mark the initiation of the propaganda phase," Breivik writes. "Your trial offers you a stage to the world."

Breivik was declared mentally insane by court-appointed doctors in November. A second evaluation was ordered, but Breivik reportedly refused to cooperate with the psychiatrists.

Previously, Breivik had demanded to be examined by Japanese specialists because they "understand the idea of values of honor." He has also demanded from jail the complete overthrow of the Norwegian government and a key role in the reconstruction of society.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Confessed Norway Killer Anders Breivik Is Insane, Doctors Say

AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Anders Breivik, the man who confessed to ruthlessly killing more than 70 people in a bombing and shooting spree in Norway, has been declared mentally insane by court-appointed doctors, according to media reports.

A panel of psychiatrists said on Tuesday that Breivik suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was insane both during the massacre and during the 13 interviews two psychiatrists had with him.  The panel recommended Breivik be held at a psychiatric ward rather than prison.

Though he has pleaded not guilty to charges against him, Breivik freely admitted that he attacked the country's liberal party for their "treason" and even reenacted the deadly shooting for investigators in August.

In the aftermath of the bloody massacre, investigators discovered Breivik had posted a 1,500-page manifesto online in which he said he was just one operative in the beginning of a violent Christian conservative revolution in Europe led by members of the new Knights Templar.  Breivik had apparently worked clandestinely for months, meticulously planning his deadly attack from an isolated farmhouse in Norway.

Breivik had planned on a 60-plus year struggle against mutliculturalism until the Knights would take control over Europe, the manifesto said.  One of the order's primary weapons, Breivik wrote, is the use of one-man terror cells.

"Chop-chop <3 For those of you who does [sic] not want to wait this long, should immediately ordinate yourself as a Justiciar Knight for the KT [Knights Templar]," he writes.  "Any self-appointed Justiciar Knight has been given the authority by [Knights Templar]... to act as a judge, jury and executioner until the free, indigenous peoples of Europe are no longer threatened by cultural genocide."

After his arrest, Breivik's lawyer said the suspected mass murderer made two lists of demands from jail -- one for practical jailhouse items like cigarettes and clothes, and another with far more bizarre requests including the complete overthrow of the Norwegian government and the promise of a key role in the future of the country.

He also wanted the mental evaluation to be conducted by Japanese specialists because they "understand the idea of values of honor," Breivik said, according to attorney Geir Lippestad.

Such demands, Lippestad said in August, were "unrealistic -- far, far from the real world and shows he doesn't know how society works."

The psychiatrists' report will be further reviewed by the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine, according to media reports.  Breivik is scheduled to stand trial for his crimes on April 16.

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Thursday
Sep152011

Norway Massacre: Camera Catches Breivik Minutes Before Bombing

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to killing nearly 80 people in twin terror attacks in Norway on July 22, was filmed by a security camera right after he placed a bomb outside a government building in downtown Oslo.

Breivik, 32, can be seen on the closed-circuit camera image published by a Norwegian website walking away from a car after planting the bomb. He is dressed in police gear, complete with vest, boots, and helmet, and is carrying a pistol in his right hand.

A spokesman for the Oslo police, Roar Hansen, confirmed that the image published by ABC Nyheter was real and was part of a police report, but had not been released by police. The police report was provided to lawyers representing Breivik's victims.

Breivik has admitted detonating a bomb outside the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on the morning of July 22, killing eight people. After the car bombing, Breivik drove west to the island of Utoya, where hundreds of teenagers from Stoltenberg's Labor Party were attending a youth camp. He shot and killed 69 people on Utoya, most of them teens, before surrendering to police.

He faces 21 years in prison with the possibility of permanent detention for both acts. He will be back in court on Monday, Sept. 19, when jurors will decide whether he will remain detained in solitary confinement prior to his trial, which is expected to begin in 2012. An appeals court determined Thursday that the Monday court appearance will be behind closed doors.

In a 1,500-page manifesto apparently published by Breivik hours before the attack, Breivik claims to be just one warrior in a widespread crusade against Muslim immigration and integration in Norwegian and European society that will take 60 years to complete. Breivik also mentions a plan to escape prison and execute a "bonus operation."

He has also made two series of demands since his arrest, one group that his lawyer calls practical and the other more bizarre. He has asked for cigarettes and clothes, but also to be made the commander of the Norwegian military and to wear a uniform when he appears in court. He has demanded the complete overthrow of Norwegian and European societies, starting with the resignation of the Norwegian government. When the societies are rebuilt, Breivik said, he wants to play a key role.

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Friday
Aug192011

Families of Anders Breivik Victims Visit Norway Attack Site 

KALLESTAD, GORM/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Nearly a month after the bombing and shooting horror in Norway, it was a painful day for the loved ones.

Relatives of some of the victims made the sombre journey out to the island where the carnage took place.  Each family, accompanied by an officer, was shown exactly where their loved one died.  

Norway's Director of Health, Bjorn Inge Larsen admitted it was difficult, but added, "In the long run we know that seeing the scene of where these murders were taking place, is actually helpful."

Meanwhile, self-confessed killer Anders Breivik made another brief court appearance in Oslo.  The judge decided to keep him in solitary confinement for at least another month.

For survivor Emilie Bersaas, who ran for her life and narrowly escaped death, Breivik's name is not even spoken.

"I'm not spending time thinking about him.  Mostly I don't want to because I don't think he deserves my thoughts," she said. "I would rather that my friends that are not here today get my thoughts."

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Wednesday
Jul272011

Defending Breivik: European Politicians in Hot Water for Norway Comments

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- At least three European politicians, including one former minister to Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, have come under fire for defending the extremist, anti-immigration views of Anders Breivik that inspired him to allegedly murder more than 70 people in Norway Friday.

Francesco Speroni, who was the Minister of Institutional Reform under Berlusconi in the mid-1990s and current leading member of Italy's Northern League, said Tuesday on an Italian radio show, "If [Breivik's] ideas are that we are going towards Eurabia [Islamized Europe] and those sorts of things, that western Christian civilization needs to be defended, yes, I'm in agreement."

Speroni said he condemned the attack itself but was coming to the defense of Mario Borghezio, a fellow member of the Northern League and member of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, who previously said some of Breivik's ideas were "great."

"Some of the ideas [Breivik] expressed are good, barring the violence. Some of them are great," Borghezio said also in a radio interview, according to the BBC and The Guardian. "Christians ought not to be animals to be sacrificed. We have to defend them."

Hours before Breivik allegedly began his attack Friday, he posted a 1,500-page manifesto and YouTube video online in which he not only described his meticulous and painstaking preparations for the attack, but an academic-styled presentation against what he called cultural Marxism and mutliculturalism.

"You cannot defeat Islamisation or halt/reverse the Islamic colonization of Western Europe without first removing the political doctrines manifested through multiculturalism/cultural Marxism," the manifesto reads. "Time is of the essence. We have only a few decades to consolidate a sufficient level of resistance before our major cities are completely demographically overwhelmed by Muslims."

Breivik apparently finished his manifesto just hours before allegedly launching a bombing attack in Oslo that killed eight before an assault on a liberal party's youth camp that claimed another 68 lives.

Hours after Borghezio's comments, a leading member of the Northern League, Roberto Calderoli, reportedly released a statement apologizing for Borghezio's "rants" and several other Italian politicians called for Borghezio's resignation.

A member of France's right-wing National Front party has already been suspended for writing a blog post defending Breivik and calling him an "icon," Britain's The Telegraph reported.

"The reason for the Norway terror attacks: fighting the Muslim invasion, that's what people don't want you to know," read a post signed by Jacques Coutela. Coutela called Breivik "the main defender of the West."

Coutela's post was reportedly removed from the Web after a complaint by the French Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between Peoples. After the post was removed, Coutela told Agence France-Presse he was just passing along someone else's words and said he denounced terrorism.

In the wake of the attack several fringe right-wing group's have distanced themselves from Breivik's horrific attack. In his manifesto, Breivik said he communicated closely with Britain's English Defence League, a group that characterizes itself as defenders against "a truly Global jihad." But the EDL said in a pair of statements after the attack it is a "peaceful and patriotic" organization and their group has never had any official contact with Breivik.

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