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Breivik Revisited: 3 – The Coverup

Breivik Revisited: 3 – The CoverupThe SAFE COMMS project management is located at Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Taliban Norway Magazine in a series of reports revisits the terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya Island on July 22, 2011, highlighting facts not generally covered in depth in mainstream media. These reports have earlier been published by NEB and have been made available to Taliban Norway Magazine by Erik Somjai Wongrattanasakul, who has also contributed to this story. Text and illustrations courtesy of NEB and Erik Somjai Wongrattanasakul.

Evidence is emerging linking groups with strong US and Israeli government connections directly to the propaganda effort following the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on Utøya Island on July 22, 2011. In the aftermath of the attacks three lobby agencies working for the Norwegian government instructed the Norwegian police about what to say and do. Two of these lobby agencies have direct Israeli government connections, the third has connections to US military and intelligence. The SAFE COMMS manual employed by these lobby agencies should be viewed in light of the fact that only independent media have raised the discussion about Breivik’s Zionist ideology. This aspect was totally absent from mainstream media coverage of the trial, in spite of that Breivik’s manifesto was saturated with an obsessive reverence for the state of Israel.

This report is based on this report in Norwegian.


SAFE-COMMS

Following the terrorist attacks on 22 July 2011, the Israeli-led and EU-funded research project SAFE-COMMS initiated contact with Norwegian police and offered their PR advice. In the words of the SAFE-COMMS website:

Norwegian Police use the SAFE-COMMS terror crisis communication manual in the wake of the deadly Oslo attacks

Additional propaganda agencies were solicited, among them Corporate Communications, a company owned by Mr. Tom Berntsen, a former NRK director. Corporate Communications was hired by the Evaluation Committee set up to assist Director of the Police Øystein Mæland. Corporate Communication has also been hired by the Israeli embassy in Oslo on previous occasions.

Why did the Labor Party chose to hire a propaganda company listing the Israeli Embassy among its clients while the same Labor Party publicly argues for a Palestinian state? Anders Behring Breivik in his manifesto declares his allegience to Israel and expresses a Netanyaesque view on Palestinian statehood. Research Professor Ola Tunander at PRIO writes:

Some critics argued that Breivik had been used by Israeli forces with an interest in changing Norway’s policy towards Palestine, as if Breivik had copied the Israeli bombing of the British headquarters in Jerusalem in 1946, on the very anniversary of that attack.

Prior to media exposure, local Norwegian police chiefs were given media training by Geelmuyden Kiese, a Norwegian subsidiary of Ketchum Inc., an international lobby firm with its headquarters in the United States, touting annual contracts worth over 100 million USD for the US federal government. These contracts include media profiling the US Department of Education, the IRS, and finally the US Army, where a Ketchum-run program dubbed “connecting the Army with the American people” mainly focuses on manipulating voters opposed to military attacks on Muslim countries to turn supportive.

The US Department of Education has on the advice from Ketchum Inc. been paying commentators to publish articles and to participate on talk shows promoting the military agenda of Bush administration, in particular the crusade against Islam and uncritical support for Israel.

The use of taxpayers’ money for such purposes is in direct violation of federal law and has been the subject of several congressional investigations that reached its peak during the 2004 election. Some government reports have exonerated Ketchum, while others have strongly criticized the actions of both the Department of Education and Ketchum.


The Propaganda Manual



The propaganda manual from SAFE-COMMS, dated March 2011 (around the time when the struggle for recognition of the State of Palestine at the UN was at its most intense), provides a unique insight into how NATO governments think about the use of propaganda following an act of terror. In the words of the manual, the goal of the government “is to demonstrate the strength and security and build confidence among the population”, “using targeted communications strategies”. The propaganda manual points out that the police must exploit that journalists are reluctant to criticize the government and politicians following a terrorist attack.


The media’s job is not to provide all the facts, but a plausible simple emotional story.

The media’s job is not to provide all the facts, but a plausible simple emotional story.


These are the advice given in the propaganda manual:

  • In public discourse, focus on governmental responsibility in crisis management must not overshadow emphasis of the liability of terrorist group members, meaning, when police work is being critized: blame the terrorist.
  • The aim of official communication is to prevent controversial debate in the aftermath of terror.
  • Serious media has a critical conflict of interest, caught between its responsibility to conduct objective investigative journalism on the one hand and its responsibility to serve the interest of the state and public institutions in minimizing the public impact of the terrorist attack. A strategic and intelligent handling of this conflict of interest is an essential aspect of any prevention program in anti-terrorist communications.
  • Do not provide information on a continuous basis. Answers to factual questions should be kept to a minimum and only be provided in press releases or at press conferences.
  • Turn any negative into a positive: Better to say the glass is half full than half empty.
  • The public often expects lessons to be drawn from terrorist attacks, and public statements should concentrate on announcing improvements, experience and the introduction of new measures.
  • It is recommended to halt the information distribution at a given point. After having distributed the information available at the official press conferences and have answered the journalists’ questions, further information should be given only under exceptional circumstances.
  • From that time on press releases should be the common communication channel. This may be supplemented with confidential background interviews to selected reporters.
  • Do not let media access witnesses, whether being police officers, firefighters or relief workers. It is essential that all information is provided through one channel only, and that each person knows who is to provide public information.

The SAFE COMMS project management is located at Bar Ilan University in Israel, headed by Dr. Shlomo Shpiro. He is an expert on intelligence services and on media manipulation. He has authored a sympathetic book about the Israeli terrorist organization Mossad and “the legendary Mossad chief”, according to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. Shpiro once studied in Oslo. One may naturally ask why such a dubious public relations agency in effect is encouraging Norwegian authorities to put a lid on the 7/22 attacks.

The SAFE COMMS manual should also be viewed in light of the fact that only independent media have raised the discussion about Breivik’s Zionist ideology. This aspect was totally absent from mainstream media coverage of the trial, in spite of that Breivik’s manifesto was saturated with an obsessive reverence for the state of Israel.

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