Friday, August 10, 2012

Gross Incompetence

Utøya memorial

A report on the official handling of the Breivik massacre was commissioned last summer by the Norwegian government. Next week — more than a year after it was commissioned — the report will be formally released. Not surprisingly, it has been leaked to the press in advance.

Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article from the Norwegian MSM about the July 22 report. The translator includes this introduction:

This article is about the official report authored by the July 22 Commission that will be presented at a press conference next Monday. VG has been in contact with sources that have read the report (quite possibly members of the commission) and they have consequently decided to present some of the findings of the commission in this article.

As you already know, and which is also heavily corroborated in this article, lots of things went wrong on that fateful day. It seems that the criticism is being directed at the right individuals this time, which is somewhat surprising, considering that Norwegian government-appointed committees normally are mouthpieces for the authorities.

One of the reasons why so much went wrong on July 22, 2011 is the way in which Norwegian society is organized today. No one occupies a leading position in an official state agency/department unless they have the right political opinions and are willing to play by the rules laid out by the authorities, meaning that they cannot express opposition to any of the directions or wishes of the authorities. Question the official line, and there’s no way that you’ll land a high position regardless of how qualified you may be for the job.

Another reason for the dismal rescue effort that tragic day is the fact that over the last thirty years the police in Norway have been transformed from being an active and proper police force doing traditional police work into a department made up mostly of pencil-pushers. Police cadets are chosen solely for their high school grades and ‘correct attitudes’, and not necessarily for their suitability for the job. Masculinity and assertiveness are discouraged these days. Instead, gender/minority quotas are emphasised, and peaceful conflict resolution is the big rave.

All the competent police chiefs in Norway are gone, and in their place are career-minded people whose sole ambition is to rise within the ranks, and not necessarily to prevent crime. If you also take into account the official mantra about “dialogue” and the constant pressure to conform, you start to get the picture.

The translated article from today’s VG:

The July 22 Commission slams the police

  • Highlights major weaknesses within the police force
  • Harsh criticism of the police response on July 22
  • Challenges the police’s own report about the incident

The Commission delivers a devastating indictment of the Norwegian police in the report which criticizes everyone — from the Government down to individual officers. According to sources VG Nett has been in contact with, the names of individual police officers are not mentioned in the report.

The report, which comprises 20 chapters and consists of several hundred pages, identifies several factors which resulted in the dismal official response on July 22. The report will be released on Monday at 1 pm.

Due to a poorly coordinated response effort, three hours and nine minutes elapsed after the explosion in the government square until Anders Breivik Behring was finally captured on Utøya.

By then 77 people had lost their lives and hundreds more had been injured.

The July 22 Commission also concludes that civil defence in Norway has been neglected during the term of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Labour, 2005-present).

A succession of failures

The leader of the July 22 commission, Alexandra Bech Gjørv, who was given the task of producing the report on August 10 of last year, declined to give a statement to VG Nett. According to information that VG has received, the Commission has spent considerable time and effort trying to identify the root causes of why so much went horribly wrong on July 22 last year.

The Commission will unveil new and previously undisclosed facts that run contrary to information which has already been presented in reports by other agencies — such as the police and PST [state security police].

VG Nett has also been informed that the report will deliver a devastating verdict on the actions of the police. It will reveal a succession of failures that include flawed procedures, lack of technology, insufficient regulatory framework, mismanagement and indecision.

Awaiting the report

Former police director Ingelin Killengreen, who stepped down from the position six months prior to the terrorist attack, is largely held responsible for the overall weaknesses in organization, planning, preparedness and staffing.

Mrs. Killengreen is now secretary of the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, which is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining security in government square.

“She is awaiting the Commission’s report and is not going to comment on the leaks,” says Frode Jacobsen, a spokesperson for the ministry, in an SMS message to VG.

The Commission has concluded that the following factors severely compromised the way the police handled the events at government square and Utøya July 22 last year.

The Commission was especially surprised that the state of the Norwegian police was so consistently inadequate and unacceptable.

Here are some of the Commission’s findings, according to sources VG Nett have been in contact with:

  • The Commission is left with the impression that the various emergency services essentially prevented each other from reaching Utøya.
  • PST had not implemented standard routines that would have detected information from the Customs Department that Breivik had ordered ingredients that could be used to make a bomb.
  • Recommendations from police exercises were not followed up, despite their having revealed major shortcomings in preparedness.
  • Police failed to notify the Traffic Surveillance Centre (TSC) after the bomb exploded. TSC has live cameras on several of the major roads in and around Oslo. They also have the capability to bring the traffic to a complete stop. This resource was not used on July 22.
  • The message about the possible getaway vehicle in Møllergata in Oslo was ignored for too long by the staff at the operations centre.
  • The police failed to use the media to inform the public about the licence plate on Breivik’s getaway car and the fact that he was wearing a police uniform.
  • The official emergency response network was at the time in the process of being upgraded and the Commission wonders why this work has still not been completed.
  • The police helicopter was out of commission on July last year. The Ministry of Justice had been informed about this by the Chief of Police in Oslo, Anstein Gjengedal. What was even more blameworthy was that the helicopter wasn’t immediately recommissioned by the police.
  • Asker and Bærum Police District was too passive in the aftermath of the bombing. As a neighbouring police district to Oslo, Asker and Bærum PD could have implemented several tactical measures.
  • July 22 revealed that the police operations centres are not sufficiently staffed. Inexperienced personnel were left to make crucial decisions during a very critical phase.
  • The first officers who arrived at Utvik beach did not follow the proper instructions for ‘shooting in progress’; that is, they did not head directly over to the island and stop Breivik. Instead one of them started to direct the traffic on the main road passing through the area.
  • It was regrettable that the police stopped the traffic on the main road running parallel to Utvik beach as those who were in the area then ran the risk of being shot at.
  • The Commission has also revealed major shortcomings in official police procedures for forwarding and sharing critical information between agencies and individual officers.


Anonymous said...

It can't happen here

Of course, such a thing shouldn't happen in Norway. However, you would never doubt that the authorities had developed plans for the unthinkable.

You don't expect your house to burn down. But you still make precautions, work out plans and make sure there are emergency exits.

In Norway the defense system has been built down over years now, because "it can't happen again", invasion, that is. So in this context, no one must be surprised that there was no plan to meet with the "requirements" on 22 July.

Who are to blame other than the politicians who think infrastructure, defense and order is not that necessary in a modern state?

It was unfortunately a willed situation only the politicians themselves could have had the power to change.

Again, unfortunately, there was no political will to keep the house tidy and safe.

Anonymous said...

- Our youths
A wake-up call

Ingelin Killengreen, Police Director at the time, after Gaza riots, and hunt for jews, in the streets of Oslo in 2009

- These are our youths who so clearly express frustration, and it is a very important wake up call

- Many were there, not for the sake itself, but to express protest against the authorities. It was a real wake up call. Not only for the police, but for everyone, says Police Director Ingelin Killengreen to Klassekampen (Class fight)

- Looking ahead a few years, these will gradually become a greater part of our youths.

Our recruiting project "Police towards 2020" where the main challenge is the demography which will be totally different in 2020 compared to what it is today.

We must do something totally different within the police in the years to come, both because of immigration and because this part of the population have more children.

It is the immigration youths which will be our youths in the future, she says.
- First and moremost, we will recruit more with immigration background to the police.


- Get him! He's a Jew! F@&%king Jew!

Norwegian, not a Jew, but a Christian of 73, was kicked to the ground, and luckily saved by two individuals telling the hunters
"It's not in the Koran. He's an old man."

Gaza riots
Karl Johan, Main street, War zone
Oslo, 10 January 2009

Anonymous said...

Interested to read the reference to masculinity which has been under attack by the Marxists for the last 50 years. Men are made to feel guilty for being men and boys will be boys but mustn't be. Female consensuality is now meant to take the place of male confrontation. Pink and fluffiness is the order of the day and if we are nice to everybody then everybody will be nice to us. Tell it to the Chinese. The promotion of graduate police rings a bell here in Britain also where the plods on the beat were thought to be too stupid and confrontational and so had to replaced by highly educated liberals. Perhaps this erosion of good masculinity to tackle bad masculinity is part of the reason why there is more crime in the constituency of Frank Field mp today than there was in the whole of England, if not the whole of Britain in the 1950s. Not all men are bad. You need men with guts to wage war on those who are bad. This is why the only instituation now in which I have any faith and pride now is the British army, still the last hiding place of good masculinity; and that includes the women soldiers, too!!

Anonymous said...

Never leave leftards to do the job of men.

Nemesis said...

Interesting comments, the first four. Leftism is the refuge of the coward who is physically incapable of being anything other than a victim.

Yes, the one institution that kept the criminal at bay, and effectively controlled the streets in the past, has now been emasculated to the point that police heroics now take second place to police personal safety.

The old saying, that is so very apt on the streets today; that fire must be fought with fire, has now taken a back seat to touchy feely good ways of 'communicating' with those who are out to cause mischief.

Where once upon a time the first police at the scene of a violent domestic were expected to overcome the situation, they are now ordered to retreat when someone's life is being threatened, which then usually develops into a seige that can take days to resolve and involve specialist police units that cost much money in employing.

That Breivik had over three hours all to himself to carry out his mass murder, not only demonstrates the mindset that has now taken hold of all our politicians by whose hand have effectively nobbled our societal protectors, the Police, but also demonstrates the cowardly thinking that leads to criminal negligence by those who get elected to provide our protection.

A pox on all of them!

Anonymous said...

So PC has totally permeated the management of the Norwegian police. It would explain a lot, the gross incompetency and cowardice.

Still lone wolf's are very hard to deal with proactively. Though in several of the mass shootings here in the U.S.(Aurora, Viginina Tech and the Giffords shooting) the colleges were made aware that the student went really nuts and the administrators sat on the information instead of notifying the police ASAP. PC strikes again and people die.

Quotas and set asides utterly ruin a police force(and military) like it has in some of our major cities here in the U.S. I've seen 300lb female sheriff's and 100lb wall flowers as well and men who can't run a hundred meter dash without a coronary(but they have the right skin color).

So it's not just Norway. we got it bad here as well. But there are still enough competent police to stop things from going totally belly up.

Anonymous said...

"All the competent police chiefs in Norway are gone, and in their place are career-minded people whose sole ambition is to rise within the ranks, and not necessarily to prevent crime."

Certainly the way it is in Britain, too.

Anonymous said...

The 22 July Report is critical of
Stoltenberg's lack of crisis interest

Hid in the cellar gym of the PM residence with his adviser, each with their iPads and cell phone, to run the country.

Anonymous said...

Stoltenberg with his iPad

Anonymous said...

One problem we have in Britain now is the Police Complaints' Authority. I suppose originally it was set up for good reasons but I recently had a theft from my van. The officer who attended later reported back to me on his investigation. He had drawn a blank but it was obviously he had tried his damnedest to catch the felon/s responsible.

The police are so terrified of this organisation now that they are constantly looking over their shoulders and are probably ham-strung in their work.

As has often been said here now, the perpetrator of the crime is sometimes handled with more care than the victim/s.

Anonymous said...

What would, or does, the investigating policeman do if the perpetrator was a cousin, or from the same clan, or a fellow mohammedan?

Anonymous said...

Politician H(right)
- Many men feel

- There may be cultural problems attached to such a significant change of society like the work on equality between men and women that we have seen since the sixties, says Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, member of parliament for Høyre.

- A ticking bomb

Professor Thomas Hylland-Eriksen, socio-anthropologue - Deconstruction The Majority - thinks discussing equality with a touch of skepticism is not comme il faut, and could turn into a ticking bomb.

- We don't know what equality does to the man, the socio-anthropologuue professor thinks, in August 2012

Anonymous said...

Police director Øystein Mæland
Homo of The Year 2012

The police director answered questions at today's press conference after the presentation of the 22 July Commission.

Mæland is a medical doctor, psychiatry, and was leader of Oslo AUF 1979–82. "Married" to a man, they have two surrogate children. Surrogacy is not according to Norwegian law.

(Strangely, his voice and tone, is like a copy of Jonas Gahr Støre's, with the same arrogance. Who taught whom?)

Anonymous said...

- We knew it was wrong of us

Øystein Mæland about when in 1979 to 1982 as the leader of AUF, together with Jens Stoltenberg, they
cheated on the number of memberships, to get more tax funds.

- They asked us to be more "creative", to get funds, explains at the time secretary of state Øystein Mæland in 1998.

- I'm not their psychiatrist, he, the medical doctor and psychiatrist, said when asked how his fellow AUF members minds' were working at the time

VG got a Norwegian journalist price for the work on this case

- So, say, what are his qualifications as a Director of Police?

Anonymous said...

The SKUP Prize
for critical and investigative journalism

AUF scandal, VG

SKUP (pronounced scoop) said...

Cynically, this major failure of the left severely damaged the left itself. For their failure and because the greater majority of the victims were leftists.

If they are unable to reform and adapt, it is more than probable that someone will try to repeat what Breivik did, maybe better.

Remember Utoya was the plan C of Breivik; plan A was destroying the government building with government officials inside. And he failed becaus e the bomb was not powerful enough.

If Norvay doens't change, others will find it an easy target to vent their frustration.