Breivik not insane, psychiatrists say

This video from Norway says about itself:

Adrian Pracon, who survived the mass shooting on the island of Utoya, would like to go back to the island ‘as soon as possible’.

By Ian Macdougall:

Norway gunman not likely legally insane

00:11 AEST Mon Aug 1 2011

The head of the panel that will review the Norway gunman‘s psychiatric evaluation says that it’s unlikely the suspect will be declared legally insane.

Dr Tarjei Rygnestad, who heads the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine, on Sunday said that Anders Behring Breivik appears to have been in control of his actions.

In Norway, an insanity defence requires that a defendant was in a state of psychosis during the crime, meaning he lost contact with reality to the point that he’s no longer in control.

“It’s not very likely he was psychotic,” Rygnestad told Associated Press.

The board must review and approve an evaluation conducted by two court-appointed psychiatrists before a judge decides whether Breivik can be held criminally liable.

So much for the self-defence of xenophobic far Rightists, from Geert Wilders in the Netherlands to Marine Le Pen in France, that Breivik was supposedly an “isolated madman”, nothing whatsoever to do with their Islamophobic witch hunts.

As a Dutch forensic psychiatrist said, and the number one Norwegian forensic psychiatrist now concurs, in all probability Breivik is not “mad”. Neither was he isolated from the anti-immigrant propaganda of the far Right, which Breivik quotes extensively in his extremely long manifesto.

Thousands of flowers were laid outside Oslo Cathedral today in memory of the 77 people killed by Anders Breivik on July 22.

Norway Sounds Alarm Bells About Growing Right-Wing in Europe. Frank Viviano, New America Media: “Even among the ostensibly sane, you hear words quite similar to Breivik’s in Europe today. Substitute ‘Jews’ for ‘Muslims‘ in his rants, and terrible echoes sound. They also sound in the curva, the soccer-stadium bleacher sections favored by Italian Ultras, violently nationalist fans who scream racist epithets at the black and Arab players of rival teams, and attack their fans with clubs and knives. They sound in the rhetoric of xenophobic political parties, from Italy to Scandinavia, whose votes in national elections over the past decade have expanded at a pace unprecedented since the 1930s”: here.

Anders Breivik used anger against women to cast himself as a crusader, believing feminism is destroying the West from the inside and creating space for Islamism, says Michelle Goldberg: here.

By Kristin Engh Førde, Kilden, Norway – The disciplining and control of women and the feminine are intimately related to notions of cultural and racial purity. As a result, racist ideologies are almost always also misogynist and anti-feminist: here.

Norwegians speak out: rulers’ Islamophobia paved way for terror attacks: here.

Monica Nkechi Okpe, a Norwegian socialist and trade unionist, spoke to Socialist Worker about how workers can stop the racists: here.

Who bankrolled Norway killer? Here.

Norway’s ambassador: More restrictive societies not an answer to terror: here.

Opinion: “Identical reactions to Oklahoma and Norway tragedies expose society’s racism.” Hamid Dabashi: here.

Writers Cited in Breivik Manifesto Have Spoken at US Military Colleges as Anti-Terrorism Experts: here.

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: “As in Norway, most of our domestic acts of terrorism have been committed by homegrown Americans, not members of an extremist Islamic group. Gary LaFree, director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, echoes a warning from our own Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has repeatedly insisted, ‘that Right-wing Conservative extremists would be among the groups most likely to commit an act of mass violence in the United States'”: here.

Video: Far-right Russians cite Breivik as a ‘hero’: here.

German security official warns of Breivik copycats: here.

Britain: Public relations monitoring group Spinwatch warned yesterday that right-wing think tanks have understated the rise of Islamophobia on the far right: here.

USA: David Yerushalmi, the Man Behind an Anti-Shariah Campaign: here.

Britain: EDL leader demanded debate on killing David Cameron and archbishop. Alan Lake ran a far-right website where he discussed execution of political and religious leaders and predicted Islamic enclaves: here.

Slide Show: 12 Parties of Europe’s Far-Right Resurgence: here.

Accused Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik praised four Australian conservative leaders in his 1500-page manifesto, reported on July 26: here.

Geert Wilders and the German and Swedish extreme right: here.

On July 23, Belgium implemented a legal ban on wearing the Islamic burqa in public. Under this anti-democratic measure any woman wearing a burqa in public can be fined €137.50 (nearly $200) and faces up to seven days in jail: here.

Italy has pressed ahead with a controversial ban on face-veils, with a parliamentary commission approving a draft ban on Tuesday: here.

Racism in Canada: here.


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