Robert Spencer and Co. Linked to Oslo Bomber Anders Behring Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik
Oslo Bombing Suspect Anders Behring Breivik

We’ve been screaming from the top of our lungs about how these crazed radical anti-Muslim Islamophobes are inciting violence through their hate-mongering. Anders Behring Breivak, arrested as a suspect in the attack has written glowingly of Geert Wilders, Robert Spencer, SIOE, and the EDL. Charles Johnson of LGF reports that he had a link with Fjordman who was a guest writer on Geller’s blog.

What Just Happened in Oslo, Norway? (UPDATES)

This explainer is being updated as more news emerges. Click here for photos from the sceneand here for details about the man arrested in connection with the attacks. For the latest news updates, click here.

The basics: A massive explosion hit Norway’s government hub in central Oslo on Friday, killing at least seven people and injuring at least 15 others. The six-story building that was most heavily damaged included the oil ministry and is next to the building that houses the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The PM was unharmed in the blast and is now operating out of an undisclosed location. Witness testimony and damage at the scene are consistent with reports of a car bombing. The New York Times reports:

Stunned office staff and civil servants working in the vicinity of the bombed building said two explosions could be heard in close succession. The sound of the blasts echoed across the city just before 3:30 p.m. local time. Giant clouds of light-colored smoke continued to rise hundreds of feet into the air over the city…

Photos and television footage showed windows blown out in the 17-story office building across the street from the oil ministry, and the street and plaza areas on each side were strewn with glass and debris.

The first person on the scene “described it as ‘worse than a war zone,'” says Joe Sivilli, who’s talking to Mother Jones’ Tim McDonnell from on the ground in Oslo. Sivilli, who speaks Norwegian fluently, works at a home-brewed beer shop about 2 kilometers away from the site of the bombing. He says he felt a “rumble, like a small earthquake,” when the bomb went off, but assumed it was just “construction or something like that.” He’ll be monitoring the Norwegian-language media for us as this story develops.

Wasn’t there another attack? A gunman dressed as a policeman reportedly opened fire this afternoon at a Labour party youth camp on the island of Utoya, about 15 miles outside of Oslo, killing at least 80 people(police officials previously reported at least 10 casualties, but had expect that number to rise). Police have a suspect in custody. Prime Minister Stoltenberg was due to visit the camp tomorrow morning, according to NRK, Norway’s national public television broadcaster. (Stoltenberg has attended gatherings at the camp almost every year in recent memory.) On Friday evening, police found undetonated explosives on the island.

Close to 700 teenagers had gathered on Utoya, and initial reports suggested that some tried to flee by swimming. CBS News reports that Kurt Lier, Oslo’s assistant chief of police, “had little information about what had happened on the island, but said if people are leaving island swimming, it is a ‘long swim.'” Hans-Inge Langø, a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), says the “timing and targets [of the attacks are] too similar for this not to be connected.” The AP reports that Norwegian police say the two events were definitely connected.

The Pamela Connection:

UPDATE 1, Saturday, July 23, 12:16 a.m. EDT: Blogger Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs is reporting that the Oslo bombing/shooting suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, posted often on a Norwegian anti-immigration site and recommended a post by the prominent anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller, who spearheaded the US drive against the planned “Ground Zero mosque.” (We’ve previously covered her activities herehereherehere, and here.) LGF also asserts a link between Breivik and one of Geller’s guest bloggers, Fjordman.

Geller responded on her own website: “This is just a sinister attempt to tar all anti-jihadists with responsibility for this man’s heinous actions…this is war. And the left is vicious, amoral and depraved. They mean to win, and that is the only way they know how.”

UPDATE 2, Saturday, July 23, 11:06 a.m. EDT: Oddmy Estenstad, an employee of agricultural retailer Felleskjøpet, tells CNN that Utoya shooting suspect Anders Behring Breivik bought six tons of fertilizer from the company in May:

She did not think the order was strange at the time because the suspect has a farm, but after Friday’s explosion in Norway’s capital, Oslo, she called police because she knew the material can be used to make bombs.

“We are very shocked that this man was connected to our company,” said Estenstad. “We are very sad about what happened.”

UPDATE 3, Saturday, July 23, 11:09 a.m. EDT: According to the UK’s Daily Mirror, Anders Behring Breivik has been “preliminarily charged with acts of terrorism.” Norwegian police say the 32-year-old Breivik appears to be an extreme right-wing, Christian fundamentalist, due to postings on his website. NRK reports that the suspect is a member of an Oslo gun club, and “was exempted from military service, and thus…has no special education [from the Norwegian] Armed Forces.”

UPDATE 4, Saturday, July 23, 11:19 a.m. EDT: Norwegian media report on eyewitness accounts of the Utoya massacre. The Los Angeles Times also has the story:

Media reports say the gunman apparently used a handgun and a machine gun, and that police arrived at the island possibly 90 minutes after the shooting started. At midmorning Saturday, police were still searching the island for more bodies.  One wounded survivor, Adrian Pracon, described the gunman as “calm and controlled,” shooting people who tried to escape the island by swimming to the mainland…Pracon described his attempt to escape. “We started running down to the water and people had already undressed and started swimming.”

Pracon said he began swimming, but “after 150 meters … I realized I wouldn’t make it so I went back and saw him standing 10 meters from me shooting at the people who tried to swim over.”

20 thoughts on “Robert Spencer and Co. Linked to Oslo Bomber Anders Behring Breivik

  1. Its not just Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, its all the irresponsible fear mongering and hate mongering of people like Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan who keep telling their audiences that unless we do “something” there will be a civil war in Europe.

    This is exactly what Ayan Hirsi Ali did in Oslo in 2010, as cheerfully reported by none other than the infamous fjordman

    ” Fjordman: Ayaan Hirsi Ali just made a brief visit to Oslo, Norway. She warns that unless Muslims are assimilated successfully into European societies, Western Europe will face Multicultural civil wars in a few years:”

    All these odious people who make up the anti-Muslim movement, not just the monstrous Robert Spencer, need to be held accountable for the events in Oslo.

  2. LOL, why does this not come as a surprise? This is Allah SWT’s way to show that these hate-mongers are the real source of terrorists and terrorism in the world.

  3. Religious fundamentalism of all faiths is to blame – Christian, Islamic etc If you are crazy enough to believe in an imaginary figure then you’re crazy enough to do anything.

    • No, they were ‘race traitors’ who enabled the ‘jihadists’. So make no mistake, Spencer’s anti-Muslim ideology was a direct influence.

    • Marty, why are you so unaware about the philosophy of your fellow Islamophobe and Spencerite:

      “Muslims must be considered as wild animals. Do not blame the wild animals but rather the multiculturalist category A and B traitors who allowed these animals to enter our lands, and continue to facilitate them”

      He hated Muslims, but hated “Lefties” even more for letting them into the country; a sentiment no doubt shared by many other Islamophobes. This way of thinking which blames the Left for everything is definitely promoted by Spencer and friends.

      For example, Spencer dismissed any link between him and the bomber as a “Leftist Fantasy”. Bat Ye’or (also cited by Breivik in his manifesto) claimed that the “Norwegian Leftist government” (her words) was trying to silence Islamophobes like herself, going so far as to insinuate that the manifesto was faked and the police ‘let it happen’.

  4. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, when somebody is influenced to commit an atrocity through overtly racist right wing ideology. It’s obviously clear, that Breivik, just like Stuart Copeland before him, was directly influenced by his friends in the EDL- BNP, Gellar and Spencer and the mother of them all Wielders, and the rest of the loonies who purport that the ‘end is nigh’ for freedom and democracy.
    Their racist neo-Nazi diatribe has targeted the most vulnerable for many years now and Breivik is what happens when loonies are given the means to spread their psychology of hate and flawed ideologies, just like Muslim extremists.
    The brutal murder of all those children and adults are blood on the hands of the racist neo-Nazis, who are all very busy changing their strategies and distancing themselves from the whole atrocity. They will find this very difficult to do as there is a ‘paper trail’ which leads no matter how tenuous, to all of the above.
    Watch this space very carefully and you will see the BNP, EDL Gellar and Spencer, all placed on the Governments list of Proscribed Groups of Radical and Extremists and Hate Preachers.
    Lobbying for this has been going on for a while now and legislation WILL be passed.
    Breivik has broken the golden rule by staying alive to tell his twisted tale and he will sing like a canary because that’s what he wanted. He will be given the widest platform to tell his tale and lo and behold the EDL gellar and her cronies will dissapear into a puff of smoke. , unless he dies mysteriously in his cell.

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