14 August 2012, 18:45

Security Services, society and Templar Knights blasphemed by Breivik

Security Services, society and Templar Knights blasphemed by Breivik

Up until the cold-blooded-mass-killings by white supremacist home-grown terrorist Anders Breivik, Norway had been seen as one of the safest nations on earth. The double attack left not only Norway but the world, stunned and in search of answers as to how this could have happened. The Breivik case took a new twist yesterday when a statement came allegedly from the “Knights of Templar”, demanding to set him free.

Norway has been forced to take a cold hard look at itself and in a 482 page report submitted to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on the failures that allowed the madman to bomb government buildings and run rampant executing youth for hours, has drawn rational and practical solutions and placed blame on the key areas of security that failed in Norway.

According to the Jerusalem Post the report found that the authorities were aware of the activities of Breivik months before the attacks when he purchased huge quantities of materials, including liquid fertilizer, that could be used to make bombs but he was never placed on a watch list by the security services.

"The attack on the government complex on July 22 could have been prevented through effective implementation of already adopted security measures," said the report. Apart from the aforementioned another key finding was that the government building that was attacked was not sufficiently fortified and had been identified as a security risk years earlier but was never properly brought up to standards.

As security services and police the world over know, if preventative measures fail, then response time is of utmost importance in extreme situations. According to the report key responses and measures failed miserably, and these failures, for the most part were in the command structure. Norway has world-class-highly-trained response personnel but they were not deployed effectively, this included the military not being informed and emergency procedures not being implemented. First responders did not even have a description of Breivik until 20 minutes after the first attack, which could have been used to stop him before he reached Utoya Island.

The most critical failure occurred when authorities were already aware of the massacre taking place on Utoya Island and wasted critical time which allowed Breivik to gun down the youth on the island for an hour and fifteen minutes. According to the Jerusalem Post apparently a helicopter could not be found and the boat they were supposed to use was not able to sustain the load of the officers responding to the attack.

Although part of the blame lies with the authorities a large part of it has to lie with society and its inability to comprehend the viciousness and insanity of predators like this and be prepared to deal with them. Yes, sadly part of the blame lies with peace loving people who are not prepared for the monstrosities that some men are capable of. We saw this with Hitler, we saw this on 9-11, we have seen this with Breivik.

For countries like Russia, the United States, Israel, and the U.K., just to list a few, society and the authorities are ready, prepared and experienced in dealing with these sorts of attacks, unfortunately for Norway it was a wake up call from Breivik, who mercilessly took advantage of weaknesses in the security architecture of the country.

As the government of Norway and the world continue the debate on security, the inhumanity and unrepentant nature of Breivik and his brethren continues to make a mockery of the civilized world with a statement allegedly from the supposed “Knights of Templar” an organization that Breivik claimed to be a member of but which has no connection to the real order of the Knights of Templar and an organization that forensic criminologists involved in the Breivik case doubt actually exists.

The e-mail demands that Breivik be found innocent and his actions be found to have been necessary in waging the war they are involved in. The writer calls Breivik “their commander” and vows to destroy the upper echelon of Norwegian society if his demands to free Breivik are not met.

The e-mail was sent to recipients all over the country on Monday after the release of the report mentioned above and has prompted an investigation of the purported “Second in command of the Knights Templar Norway” by the Police Security Service of Norway or PST. In the e-mail the writer claims to be the “deputy commander” of a cell of the organization in Norway and also issues a warning to all advocates of multiculturalism.

I agree with what Jay Rubenstein, a blogger at the Huffington Post, wrote: “As a historian, I do recognize in him (Breivik) a peculiarly Western Christian transgression, one as old as Philip the Fair: projecting vile, sick and paranoid dreams onto the Knights Templar -- distorting what was originally, in fact, a warped vision of Christian virtue and using it as justification for bringing dark fantasies to life.”

The Templar Knights were, what many believe, an honorable noble organization which was even tasked with protecting Jews and is another organization used by hate groups to justify their own sick hate of others. Like the Ku Klux Klan, who claim to be “Christian Knights” Breivik’s delusional belief system has blasphemed the Christian Faith. The Templar Knights fought for the defenseless, I seriously doubt they would have supported a madman who cold-bloodedly gunned down children in a twisted insane quest to cleanse ethnic blood.

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