Secrecy hinders defense of security

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian government’s insistence on withholding a highly critical State Auditor General’s report on the status of national security has made it difficult if not impossible for police and defense officials to defend themselves from allegations of incompetence. Defense ministry officials claim they can’t comment on the contents of the report, because it’s classified as confidential. Some may argue that […]

‘Security so poor’ it ‘had to be hidden’

UPDATED: Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) has gained access to a State Auditor General’s report on national security that was intended to be made public, but which the Norwegian government has withheld on the grounds it would further endanger it. The report shows that efforts to improve Norway’s national security following terrorist attacks in 2011 have […]

Secrecy surrounds a lack of security

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and both her defense and justice ministers have had to admit this week, at public hearings called by the Parliament’s disciplinary committee, to serious shortcomings in national preparedness and security. Solberg’s government is still insisting, however, on keeping a state auditor’s highly critical report on the situation secret, and that’s setting off even more criticism […]

July 22 memorial trial postponed

Painful disagreement persists between state officials, who want to create a memorial to victims of Norway’s July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks, and neighbours who don’t want a memorial in their area, but a trial on the conflict has now been postponed. Both sides want to wait until plans for a different memorial at a different site across the water […]

Court dumps Breivik’s prison complaint

UPDATED: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is not being subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights, according to an appeals court decision handed down on Wednesday. Breivik lost on all counts but his attorney is already vowing to appeal. The decision from Norway’s Borgarting lagmannsrett cleared Norwegian state authorities of any violations of […]

Utøya memorial conflict far from over

A court-bound conflict over construction of a memorial to victims of the massacre on the island of Utøya on July 22, 2011 remains deadlocked, mostly, it seems because of poor communication among all those involved. An attempt at compromise was lost just before the weekend, because those living near a potential memorial site were once again left out of the […]

Norway takes aim at new weapons law

As the number of registered private weapons rises in Norway, the government aims to send a new proposed weapons law to the Parliament. Opposition is expected, given the country’s strong hunting culture and the popularity of shooting as sport. Newspaper Aftenposten reported on Thursday that there now are more than 1.3 million weapons registered for private […]

Mass-murderer’s appeals cost millions

As the latest rounds in court instigated by mass-murderer Anders Behring Breiving wound down last month, the bills he’s created for Norwegian taxpayers keep going up. Not only did Breivik’s white-supremacist attacks cost the lives of 77 mostly young people on July 22, 2011, the ultra-right-wing Norwegian terrorist is continuing to unleash other major costs on the […]

Interest wanes in terrorist Breivik

Fewer letters are arriving at his prison and he was no longer the top story in Norwegian media on Tuesday, when his latest court appearance was overshadowed by a much bigger police corruption case going on in Oslo. Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is simply not commanding the interest he once did, not least among other right-wing extremists. Researcher Johannes Due […]

Mass-murderer Breivik back in court

The young right-wing Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011 was due to be back in a make-shift courtroom at his high-security prison in Skien on Tuesday. Mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik still contends that the strict terms of his imprisonment violate his human rights. Breivik’s mental health will be a central part of the […]