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Anders Behring Breivik Trial: Norway Gunman Complains Of Being ‘Subjected To Racism’

Defendant Anders Behring Breivik in court prior to the opening of day 6 of the trial in Oslo, Monday April 23, 2012. Breivik has admitted setting off a car bomb outside the government headquarters, killing eight, before unleashing a shooting massacre at the governing Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya. (AP Photo/Lise Aserud, POOL)

Defendant Anders Behring Breivik in court prior to the opening of day 6 of the trial in Oslo, Monday April 23, 2012. Breivik has admitted setting off a car bomb outside the government headquarters, killing eight, before unleashing a shooting massacre at the governing Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya. (AP Photo/Lise Aserud, POOL)

Breivik’s delusional fantasies continues. The victim card will not work for him.

Anders Behring Breivik Trial: Norway Gunman Complains Of Being ‘Subjected To Racism’

OSLO, Norway — Anxious to prove he’s not insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Monday that questions about his mental health are part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.

Breivik, who has admitted to killing 77 people in a bombing and youth camp massacre, said that no one would have asked for a psychiatric examination had he been a “bearded jihadist.”

“But because I am a militant nationalist, I am being subjected to grave racism,” he said. “They are trying to delegitimize everything I stand for.”

Breivik rejects criminal guilt for the rampage on July 22, saying the victims had betrayed their country by embracing immigration.

Even the defense admits there is virtually no chance of an acquittal, so the key issue to be determined in the trial is whether Breivik is criminally insane.

Two psychiatric examinations reached opposite conclusions on that point. In a statement to the court, the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine asked for additional information from two pscyhiatrists who found Breivik sane, saying their report was incomplete.

Breivik himself insists he is sane, and accuses the prosecutors of trying to make him look irrational.

“I know I’m at risk of ending up at an insane asylum, and I’m going to do what I can to avoid that,” he told the court.

Breivik became defensive as prosecutors quizzed him about sections of the 1,500-page manifesto he posted online before the attacks. It describes uniforms, medals, greetings and codes of conduct for the “Knights Templar” militant group that he claims to belong to. Prosecutors don’t believe it exists.

In one section, read by prosecutor Svein Holden, Breivik speculated that in his future society, the loyalty of potential knights might be tested by asking them to undergo surgical amputation and castration. Breivik chastised the prosecutor for what he called “low blows” and said the segment was taken out of context.

Breivik, 33, showed no remorse as he continued his shocking testimony about his shooting spree at the annual summer youth camp of the governing Labor Party.

Calling the rampage “necessary,” Breivik compared being shunned by those close to him to the grief of the bereaved.

“The only difference was that for my part it was a choice,” he said.

The self-styled crusader apologized to the family of a pub owner who was among the eight people killed in the blast outside the government offices in Oslo, saying it was not his intention to kill “civilians.”

Holden asked him if he wanted to express a similar apology to the families of the other victims, including the 69 killed on the youth camp on Utoya island.

“No I don’t,” Breivik said. “Utoya is a political indoctrination camp.”

“I see all multicultural political activists as monsters, as evil monsters who wish to eradicate our people, our ethnic group, our culture and our country,” he said.

Jon Hestnes, who heads a support group for victims’ families and survivors, told The Associated Press it was “gruesome” to listen to Breivik’s apology.

“It’s an insult to the 76 other people who actually died because of that man,” Hestnes said.

“He’s not in our world. He isn’t, and he doesn’t have humanity at all. The way I slap little mosquitoes in the summer, that’s how he is about human lives,” Hestnes said.

Speaking calmly, Breivik said he used a handgun to kill victims if the distance was less than 10 meters. Otherwise he used his rifle.

Asked why he spared one man who survived the shooting spree, Breivik said he thought it was because the man’s appearance made him look “right wing-oriented.”

“When I looked at him I saw myself,” Breivik said. “I think that was the reason that I didn’t fire shots at him.”

If found sane Breivik would face 21 years in prison, though he can be held longer if deemed a danger to society. If sentenced to psychiatric care, in theory he would be released once he’s no longer deemed psychotic and dangerous.

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  • Alpha Omega
  • Jai

    The respected British current affairs magazine New Statesman very recently published the following excellent article, titled “Who are Breivik’s fellow travellers ?”. Link: http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2012/04/who-are-breivik%E2%80%99s-fellow-travellers

    It’s a superb piece and makes a number of very important points (including some revelations about the actual historical origins of the “cultural Marxism” conspiracy theory); Loonwatch’s editorial team may wish to consider cross-publishing the New Statesman article in full.

    Here’s the full article anyway:

    Who are Breivik’s fellow travellers?

    By Daniel Trilling, published 18 April 2012

    It would have been a lot neater, and no doubt a lot more comforting, if Anders Behring Breivik had been declared too insane to stand trial. The survivors of his massacre would have been spared the sight of Breivik saluting the TV cameras on his way into court and he would not have been able to use the international attention to promote the doctrine that he claims justified the killings.

    In a short film played to the court on the first day of the trial, Breivik set out his theory that western civilisation was under attack from multiculturalism, an “anti-European hate ideology” orchestrated by “cultural Marxists”, who had encouraged the Islamic “colonisation” of Europe in order to destroy traditional Christian values.

    Taken in isolation, his views do seem like a paranoid delusion – and that is perhaps why an initial psychiatric report declared Breivik to be suffering from schizophrenia. Yet if the beliefs he claims to hold really are delusional, then the frightening thing is that they did not spring forth from a single, deranged mind: they represent a far-right ideology shared by groups across Europe and the US.

    Breivik claimed to be part of the “counter-jihad” movement, a network of bloggers and political activists who believe that Muslim immigrants threaten not only violence but “demographic jihad”, simply by living here and having children. These ideas have inspired a new wave of far-right movements, chief among them being the English Defence League.

    The leaders of this street protest group, which emerged in 2009, are Breivik’s ideological cousins: its principal spokesman, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (who goes by the pseudonym “Tommy Robinson”), has distanced himself from Breivik’s methods but was quoted in an interview praising his “cunning”. Last year, in the aftermath of the Norway killings, Yaxley-Lennon predicted similar events in Britain if people did not “listen” to the EDL.

    Dark origins

    The “cultural Marxism” that Breivik blamed for Europe’s Muslim takeover is a conspiracy theory that was born in the US. It contends that a small group of Marxist philosophers associated with the Frankfurt school of critical theory plotted to destroy western civilisation by encouraging multiculturalism, homosexuality and collectivist economic ideas.

    Although many don’t realise it today, the theory is anti-Semitic in origin and its early proponents emphasised that these philosophers were all Jewish. Breivik’s lengthy “manifesto” devotes an entire section to profiling Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and other Frankfurt school thinkers.

    A threat to ethnic purity; betrayal by corrupt elites; the presence of a foreign invader – these are familiar themes for the far right. But the ideology of the “counter-jihad” movement marks a shift from neo-Nazism, whose followers believe above all in the international Jewish conspiracy – and that immigration is a Jewish-led plot to dilute European racial stock.
    The difference here is that Breivik’s themes have widespread mainstream credibility. Islamophobia is rampant across western Europe, while Britain’s press leads the field with its drip-feed of anti-Muslim coverage.

    Even the idea of “cultural Marxism” has found its way into the mainstream, dovetailing with right-wing ideologues who would have us believe that liberal elites have foisted their agenda on an unwilling population. In the US, it was promoted by the likes of the late commentator Andrew Breitbart, while here it has been echoed by conservatives. Last September, the writer James Delingpole claimed that the BBC had fallen victim to a Marxist “plan to destroy western civilisation from within”. Earlier this month, a Daily Mail blogger even suggested that the New Statesman’s founders, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, were dedicated to the “destruction of traditional western civilisation” and that the London School of Economics, which they also founded, was a nest of Frankfurt-style subversion.

    To think that every cultural conservative is a secret extremist or a killer-in-waiting would be another kind of paranoid fantasy. But the point about far-right ideology is that it is parasitical on the mainstream.

    The fascism of the 1920s and 1930s succeeded because it played on wider fears, winning the support of those who would never have thought of themselves as “extremists”. The Nazis used anti-Semitism because it already existed in German society. Their successors today use Islamophobia because it already exists in our societies. From a tiny grain of truth – the existence of Islamist terror – has been spun a whole mythology about the imminent collapse of western civilisation and, whether they realise it or not, conservative ideologues are helping spread the poison that enables the far right to grow.

  • Miguel

    I’m not surprised that Brievik hasnt been found insane. He just literally believes the rhetoric in the Islamophobiasphere is true. And if it is true i.e.taqqiya, the stealth jihad, multiculturalism cultural marxism and all this other crap….then why wouldnt you murder all those people? Its neccessary right?

  • iangould

    The Norwegian justice system provides for a minimum non-parole period of 21 years for murder with annual parole hearings treafter.

    It is incorrect to say that Brievek will receive a maximum setence of 21 years and it is highly probable that if he’s found guilty he’ll serve life without parole.

  • Anticipated Serendipity

    @tarig
    “21 years for mass murder, and an American citizen can face extrajudicial assassination for disagreeing with US foreign policy, something is seriously wrong here!”

    If you knew anything about how these things work in Europe, you’d know that they tend to be a bit “softer” – for lack of a better word – on crime than the US and merely disagreeing with something won’t get a US citizen assassinated, at least not by the US government. Geez, talk about hyperbole.

    Can someone enlighten me on Tarek Mehanna? I’ve heard the name thrown around a bit but haven’t been paying attention. I have no idea what it’s about. Can someone give me a brief run-down of that? What did he do?

  • Believing Atheist

    I think LW should publish this article by Jeff Sparrow today on CounterPunch, which meticulously shows how Robert Spencer is responsible for the rise of Brevik. It’s called: “Dealing with the Real Anders Breivik”
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/24/dealing-with-the-real-anders-breivik/

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @mjasghar

    You wrote,
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    He actually made one bit of sense.
    If he had been a Muslim there would be NO thought he could be insane.
    ———————————————————————-

    Yeah, its ironic, isn’t it?

    I don’t think his manifesto was a cut and paste of the Unibomber’s manifesto however. The Unibomber’s quail was with technology. He was anti industrialization. I never read it, but I would be surprised if it even mentioned Muslims.

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  • mindy1

    @JD, Like the story of the flag football team :)

  • Reynardine

    Buddhashrink: This is so well known that in psychotherapeutic and sociological circles it’s called DARVO: Deny, Accuse, Reverse Victim and Offender. It’s used both by individual abusers and by abusive groups.

  • http://www.wmonline.com BuddhaShrink

    It is not surprising that Breivik wants to be seen as the victim. I find this to be true of virtually all bigots: They, after expressing their hatred towards an entire group of people, quickly turn it around, and see themselves as the victim.

  • Ilisha

    @JD

    Thanks for the tips. I was already planning to post the Lady Gaga story.

  • JD

    Flag Football Team Wears Hijab To Support Irum Kham, Muslim Player, At Florida School

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/irum-khan-muslim-teen-hijab-football_n_1445644.html?ref=religion&ir=Religion

    A flag football team took a stand against discrimination by donning hijabs in support of their Muslim teammate.

    Members of the West Broward High School team wore the traditional Muslim headdress during the final game of their regular season in order to support their 17-year-old captain, Irum Kham, who has often been the victim of name-calling and racial slurs because of her faith, the Sun Sentinel reports.

    Players wore the the colorful scarves while performing their pre-game warm-ups, though uniform regulations forced them to remove the headdresses before hitting the field.

    The gesture opened the eyes of teammates like senior Marilyn Solorzano, who said she admired Kham for sticking to her beliefs.

    “Everybody looked at us weird,” Solorzano told the Sun Sentinel. “I understand now everything she went through and how hard it must have been. We just wore it for one day, and we noticed the difference.”

  • JD

    South Koreans v. Lady Gaga: Conservative Christians Pray Singer’s Concert Doesn’t Happen

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/south-korea-lady-gaga-christian-group-prays_n_1445192.html?ref=religion&ir=Religion

    f you thought “Just Dance” wasn’t that great, you’re not alone. The Associated Press has released photos it says depict a South Korean Christian group praying that Lady Gaga’s April 27th concert in Seoul be canceled, on the grounds that “Just Dance” is not appropriate for public consumption.

    South Koreans under the age of 18 have already banned from attending the concert, the AFP reports. Initially, the show was deemed suitable for anyone over the age of 12, but the Korean Media Rating Board upped the age of entry.

    The photos, which are available for viewing in the gallery below, show members of a church group holding defaced signs of the pop singer and passionately praying.

    One of the prayer rally’s organizers told the AFP that he hopes to cancel the show so that “homosexuality and pornography will not spread around the country.” Likewise, the Korean Association of Church Communication pledged to stop Korean youth from being “infected with homosexuality and pornography.”

    ==========

    What if they were muslim?

    I remember Indonesia did same thing and bigots on yahoo + Spencer and his goons made a big deal out of it will he also do a article on this….

  • mjasghar

    @rookie
    if deemed still a threat they could keep him in prison indefinitely, like keep getting rejected for parole.

  • rookie

    “If found sane Breivik would face 21 years in prison, …”.

    Wow, one year less b`cause he he already did it.
    It means, 20 years.

    And Tarek Mehanna gets 17!!!
    For what???

    I assume he will write many books in jail which will be solld in millions.

    And after approximately 25-30 years he will get out of jail and form a political party.

    That´s how it goes.

  • mjasghar

    He actually made one bit of sense.
    If he had been a Muslim there would be NO thought he could be insane.
    Just look at the likes of Richard Reid and under subaverage IQ idiots who get caught. Or so many Somalis suffering PTS getting set up.
    Now look at that US sergeant – the media were falling over themselves to set up an insanity plea.
    Now Brevik’s turn is over, he is starting to lose it. With 10 weeks to go, I can see him flipping out in court and getting away with an insanity decision.
    BTW wasnt most of his ‘manifesto’ a copy and paste of the Unibomber?

  • Reynardine

    Now that the state has switched over to dull Old Gurney, we can ship Old Sparky to Norway, if they need it.

  • truth

    21years behind bar what a joke. Am sure it will encourage more crazy people like him to go on killing spree since they will only go for 21years behind bar. This judgement make me sick.

  • mindy1

    Infect him with VRSA :p

  • crow

    Hang him. He commuted an act of terror, many of the victims were children (which the right is cool with because these kids were “Hitler youth “). This mfer has no more right to complain or be able to state his Nazi views. Hang him but first he should get the sh*t kicked out of him.

  • TheBig-T

    what the hell kind of illegal substance is he snorting?
    maybe the same kind of substance that pamella geller snorts on a weekly basis

  • tarig

    21 years for mass murder, and an American citizen can face extrajudicial assassination for disagreeing with US foreign policy, something is seriously wrong here!

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