Oslo Bomb Blast Followed By Fatal Shooting At Labour Party Youth Meeting

Oslo: Bomb blast near Norway prime minister’s office

Eyewitness Ingunn Anderson says she saw injured people lying on the ground

A massive bomb blast has hit government buildings in the Norwegian capital Oslo, killing at least seven people and injuring several others.

PM Jens Stoltenberg described the situation as “very serious”.

The bomb was followed by a fatal shooting incident near Oslo at a youth meeting of the Labour Party, which Mr Stoltenberg leads.

Norwegian media said at least four people were killed when a man opened fire indiscriminately.

Police said the suspected gunman had been arrested, TV2 reported.

No group has said they carried out the attacks but police say they believe them to be linked.

Hours after the bomb struck Oslo, officials said some people were still inside the damaged buildings, some of which were on fire.

Television footage from the government quarter showed rubble and glass from shattered windows in the streets and smoke from the fires drifting across the city. The wreckage of at least one car could be seen.

All roads into the city centre have been closed, said national broadcaster NRK, and security officials evacuated people from the area, fearing another blast.

Mr Stoltenberg, in a telephone call to Norwegian television, said all government ministers were safe.

He said he had been advised by police not to reveal his current location, but is not thought to have been in central Oslo on Friday.

“Even if one is well prepared, it is always rather dramatic when something like this happens,” he said.

Egil Vrekke, Assistant Chief Constable of Oslo police told the BBC the rescue operation was ongoing.

“We are issuing warnings just [to] make sure people are not in the area in case there are further explosions,” he told the BBC.

“We have cordoned off large areas. There are bomb experts at the scene investigating whether there are other devices in the area.”

A spokesman for Oslo University hospital said 10 people had been taken there for treatment, some with serious injuries.

A few hours after the explosion, reports emerged of the shooting at a Labour Party youth camp in Utoeya, an island outside the capital.

TV2 said at least four people had been killed and several injured – there were reports a gunman was wearing a police uniform.

“This created a panic situation where people started to swim from the island” said Labour Party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl.

Mr Stoltenberg, who had been due to visit the camp on Saturday, told TV2 the situation in Utoeya was critical.

‘Focus on rescue’

State Secretary Kristian Amundsen said Friday was a public holiday in Norway so the government offices were not as busy as they might usually have been.

Assistant Chief Constable Egil Vrekke: “There are a lot of casualties”

“But there are many hundreds of people in these buildings every day,” he told the BBC.

“We have to focus on the rescue operation – there are still people in the building, there are still people in the hospital.”

Reuters said the oil ministry was among the other government buildings hit, while NRK journalist Ingunn Andersen said the headquarters of tabloid newspaper VG were also damaged.

“It’s complete chaos here. The windows are blown out in all the buildings close by,” she told AP.

Oistein Mjarum, head of communications for the Norwegian Red Cross, which has offices nearby, said the blast could be heard across Oslo.

“This is a very busy area on Friday afternoon and there were a lot of people in the streets, and many people working in these buildings that are now burning,” he said.

Local resident Silvio told the BBC the blast shook everything in his apartment and that he saw several unconscious people in the street.

“If they were dead or not I wouldn’t be able to tell you but they were receiving assistance at the time.”

Mr Mjarum said people across Oslo and Norway were in shock.

“We have never had a terrorist attack like this in Norway – if that’s what it is – but of course this has been a great fear for all Norwegians when they have seen what has been happening around the world.”

The United States has condemned the “despicable acts of violence” in Oslo, while the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said he was “deeply shocked” by “these acts of cowardice for which there is no justification”.

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1. Norway is ending its involvement in Libya.

As of 1 August 2011, its air force will no longer be involved.

(Norway leaving Libya)

2. March 2011 -“the junior partner in the Norwegian government, the Socialist Left Party of Kristin Halvorsen, (Sosialistisk Venstreparti), plans to vote on a measure calling for military action against Israel if it decides to act against Hamas in Gaza.”

(Norwegian Socialists to Vote on Bombing Israel The Gateway Pundit)

3. In January 2011, Jonas Gahr Stoere, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said Norway will be a leading country in recognising the Palestinian state once the Palestinian institutions are set up.

(Norway to Be First European Nation to Recognise Palestine)

4. On 22 July 2011 a large bomb ripped through Norwegian government buildings in central Oslo.

(Bomb In Oslo Causes ‘Deaths And Injuries’)

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The Daily Mail reports: “Fortunately, it is a public holiday in Norway and the offices are less busy than a normal weekday.”

“Why would ‘terrorists,’ who presumably want to kill as many people as possible, choose to bomb the building on a day when they know it will be almost empty?” (Prison Planet.com.)

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On 22 July 2011, several people were killed in a shooting at a Labour youth camp outside Oslo.

(Bomb blast, shooting at youth camp horrify Norway)

Operation Gladio was the CIA-NATO organisation which carried out acts of terrorism in Europe.

The Norwegian branch of the GLADIO network was exposed in 1978, “when a policeman stumbled upon one of its arms caches, containing at least 60 weapons and 12,000 rounds of ammunition.

“The owner of the property where the cache was found, Hans Otto Meyer, an intelligence agent, was arrested but claimed that Norwegian intelligence had provided some of the weapons for use by a resistance cell. This was confirmed.” (Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian, 15/11/90)

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Norway activist ‘was Mossad spy’

UN unveils new scheme to boost Central Asia’s fight against terrorism

UN unveils new scheme to boost Central Asia’s fight against terrorism

Miroslav Jenca

7 September 2010 –

The United Nations today launched a new initiative aimed at strengthening efforts to assist Central Asian countries in their efforts to combat terrorism.“Central Asia is one of the most interdependent regions of the world, with a large population, a potential common market and a crossroad of energy routes,” Miroslav Jenca, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), said at an event in New York.

To date, the region’s five countries have “been spared large-scale terrorist attacks,” he noted.

“Yet it cannot be denied that there is a growing concern about the possibly of intensifying activities of various extremist, terrorist, and criminal groups and networks operating in Central Asia, fuelled by instability in the wider region and porous borders through which extremism and criminal networks penetrate the region.”

The project unveiled today brings together the UNRCCA, the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), Central Asian governments, civil society and others.

“Prevention of terrorism in Central Asia is key not only to protecting the well-being of populations and ensuring national and regional stability,” Mr. Jenca emphasized. “It is also a matter of global concern, given that the wider region is fast becoming the main front on the global war against terror.”

The new scheme aims to help Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan establish a regional counter-terrorism plan in line with the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

That strategy, unanimously adopted by the General Assembly in 2006, focuses on four key pillars of action: tackling the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; preventing and combating terrorism; building State capacity and bolstering the role of the UN; and ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law against the backdrop of the fight against terrorism.

Today’s launch of the project “is very timely,” given the proximity of Afghanistan to the region as well as recent events in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Mr. Jenca told reporters in New York this afternoon.

Most Central Asian nations, he said, have acceded to all 13 universal anti-terrorism instruments.

The new initiative “seeks to build on existing efforts,” Mr. Jenca said, also underscoring the importance of ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights while fighting terrorism.

Sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and Norway, it will bring together regional experts, with the first meeting set to take place in December.

The gatherings seek to pave the way for a ministerial-level conference next year to lead to the adoption of a joint action plan for the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by Central Asian nations.

The new project also aims to boost cooperation against the threat posed by terrorism and build consensus on common solutions to fight the scourge.

Understanding SYNTHETIC TERRORISM MADE IN USA–Tarpley

911 SYNTHETIC TERRORISM

© 2004 by Webster Griffin Tarpley

To my wife Leah and my daughter Chloe, for their love and support during
the wilderness years.
E s’io al vero son timido amico,
Temo di perder vita tra coloro
Che questo tempo chiameranno antico.
Paradiso XVII, 117-120

“Bush’s fraudulent “war on terrorism” is of course a war of civilizations directed against the 1 billion Arab and Moslem people in the world; it is more hypocritical than Hitlerism because it assiduously denies its own real content. In reality, the “war on terrorism” is a racist war against Arabs and Moslems today, with China and perhaps Russia as candidates for all-out attack at some later time. From time to time the real essence explodes to the surface, as in Bush’s call for a crusade, or in General Boykin’s comments on satanic Islam. Neocon radio talk show hosts like Michael Savage are more explicit every day, and it is they who service the belief structure of Bush’s hard-core followers.” 

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Countering Synthetic Terrorism in Central Asia

Asia-Plus

DUSHANBE, July 22, 2011, Asia-Plus – The Third two-day meeting of the project “Implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia” is concluding in Almaty, Kazakhstan today. According to the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), building and strengthening state capacities and promoting regional and sub-regional cooperation among counter-terrorism authorities are the focus of United Nations sponsored meeting in Almaty.

Experts from the Central Asian region and beyond are reviewing Pillar III of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy on “Measures to build States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the United Nations system in this regard.”

The Almaty meeting is the last in a series of three counter-terrorism expert meetings at regional level. (The first meeting was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on December 15-16, 2010; the second in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on March 29-30, 2011).

The series of meetings is a joint initiative of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task-Force (CTITF) and the European External Action Service of the European Union (EU) working with the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).  The initiative is funded by the European Union with financial contribution by Norway.

The aim is to assist Central Asian countries to strengthen their efforts to address the threat of terrorism and enhance cooperation at a regional level through the elaboration of a joint Plan of Action on implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia which is to be adopted at ministerial level meeting by the end of 2011.

There is growing concern about the possibility of intensifying activities of various extremist, terrorist and criminal groups operating in Central Asia, fuelled by instability in the wider region and porous borders.  Furthermore, terrorism is at the core of multiple security threats that spread across borders: it feeds into criminal networks, stimulates illegal trafficking of all kinds and corrupts state structures.

The Central Asia initiative, which was launched in September 2010 in New York, shows how the participating states work together to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted by consensus of the General Assembly in September 2006, and demonstrates a shared commitment from Central Asian countries, regional organizations, the UN system and the European Union towards enhanced coordination to address the threat of terrorism.

The European Union has been one of the strongest proponents of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.  Through this initiative, the EU intends to work with the Governments of Central Asia to prevent terrorism and to reinforce the security and stability of the region by means of the comprehensive implementation of the UN Strategy.

Speakers at the opening session include the Acting Head of the representative office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan in Almaty, Mr. Dudar Zhakenov,  the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Mr. Miroslav Jenca, the EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mr. Norbert Jousten, and the UN Special Political Advisor of the Office of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, Ms. Anne Wu. Meeting participants also include representatives from Central Asian states, UN agencies, regional organizations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO),  Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure of the SCO, Central Asia Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC), representatives from neighboring countries, regional and international experts.

Among the issues discussed at the Almaty meeting are state capacities to prevent and combat terrorism; the role of regional organizations in addressing state capacity; strengthening the role of the UN system in building state capacity to prevent and combat terrorism; enhancing information sharing on counter-terrorism technical assistance and public awareness; and public-private partnerships to prevent and combat terrorism.

Fed Rehearsing the Coming Default

Exclusive: Fed planning for potential default

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke reacts while testifying before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee about ''The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress'' on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing

By Kristina Cooke and Tim Ahmann

PHILADELPHIA

(Reuters) – The Federal Reserve is actively preparing for the possibility that the United States could default as a deadline for raising the government’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit looms, a top Fed policymaker said on Wednesday.

Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, said the U.S. central bank has for the past few months been working closely with Treasury, ironing out what to do if the world’s biggest economy runs out of cash on August 2.

“We are in contingency planning mode,” Plosser told Reuters in an interview at the regional central bank’s headquarters in Philadelphia. “We are all engaged. … It’s a very active process.”

Plosser said his “gut feeling” was that President Barack Obama and Congress will come to an agreement to increase the Treasury’s borrowing authority in time to avert a default on government obligations.

Obama was due to meet with top Republicans in Congress on Wednesday to discuss the latest attempts to end the dispute over raising the country’s debt ceiling, a row which has raised the prospect of the Treasury Department running out of money to pay its bills next month.

The Treasury has repeatedly said default was unthinkable and that there was no alternative to raising the debt ceiling. Plosser’s remarks marked the most extensive public comments yet on preparations for a default from a U.S. official.

A Treasury spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

One aspect of the Fed’s contingency planning is purely operational: the Fed is developing procedures about how the Treasury would notify it on which checks would get cleared and which wouldn’t, Plosser said.

The Fed effectively acts as the Treasury’s bank — it clears the government’s checks to everyone from social security recipients to government workers.

“We are developing processes and procedures by which the Treasury communicates to us what we are going to do,” Plosser said, adding that the task was manageable. “How the Fed is going to go about clearing government checks. Which ones are going to be good? Which ones are not going to be good?”

“There are a lot of people working on what we would do and how we would do it,” he said.

Plosser added that there are difficult questions that the Fed itself had to grapple with.

The Fed lends to banks at the discount window against good collateral. But what happens if U.S. Treasuries no longer fit that bill?

“Do we treat them as if they didn’t default, in which case we would be saying we are pretending it never happened? Or do we treat them as if they defaulted and don’t lend against them?” Plosser said. “Those are more policy questions.”

Plosser, who was a vocal critic of some of the Fed’s extraordinary lending during the financial crisis — which he said veered into fiscal policy and risked the central bank’s independence — warned it would be crucial for the Fed not to do the Treasury’s work for it.

“We have to be very careful that we don’t become, that we don’t conduct fiscal policy in this context,” he said. “That we don’t substitute for the inability of the Treasury to borrow in some circumstances.”

INCLINED TO TIGHTEN

Plosser, a noted policy hawk on inflation, argued the Fed might need to raise interest rates before the end of the year, despite recent evidence of renewed economic weakness.

He said he expects the economy to grow at a 3-3.5 percent annual rate over the second half of 2011 with the jobless rate declining to around 8.5 percent by year’s end.

“The more my forecast comes to fruition the more I’m going to feel like we may have to act,” said Plosser, who is a voting member of the Fed’s monetary policy-setting committee this year. “I’d like to have a little more confidence in that forecast.”

Plosser pinned the slowdown in economic growth over the first half of the year to “easily identifiable” factors, such as weather, a spike in oil prices and supply disruptions from Japan’s earthquake. He also cited uncertainty stemming from Europe’s fiscal morass and the wrangling over U.S. debt in Washington.

“I don’t see the fundamentals of the economy as changed that much,” he said. “Yeah, there’s been some shocks and disruptions, but the underlying forces that are going to cause us to continue a slow, moderate recovery are still in place.”

That said, the Fed, which is charged with ensuring financial stability, would clearly feel the responsibility to step in as a lender of last resort if markets seized up after a U.S. default, he added.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke last week warned that a default could have “catastrophic” effects on financial markets.

Plosser, a former dean of the Simon School of Business at Rochester University, was more circumspect.

“It could be very bad. At some level we don’t really know what the consequences could be. It could be very serious. It could be less serious. Do we really want to run that experiment?”

(Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Leslie Adler)

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News ran ‘black ops’ department, former executive claims

[Fox News, Murdoch’s “black ops” central.]

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News ran ‘black ops’ department, former executive claims


Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News television channel had a “black ops” department that may have illegally hacked private telephone records, a former executive for the station has alleged.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News television channel had a black ops department that may have illegally hacked private telephone records, a former executive for the station has alleged.

Roger Ailes talks to Fox correspondents Jenna Lee and Nicole Petallides  Photo: REUTERS

By , New York

 

Dan Cooper, who helped launch Fox News as managing editor in 1996, said that a “brain room” carried out “counter intelligence” on the channel’s enemies from its New York headquarters.

He was threatened after it found out he spoke to a reporter, he claimed.

Another former senior executive said the channel ran a spying network on staff, reading their emails and making them “feel they were being watched”.

The channel, which has come under pressure amid allegations that outlets owned by Mr Murdoch might have attempted to hack the voicemail messages of September 11 victims, firmly denies all the allegations.

Mr Cooper, who left Fox News soon after its launch, provided a quote for a 1997 article about Roger Ailes, Fox News’s president, by the journalist David Brock in New York magazine.

The quote was not going to be attributed to him, but he alleges that before the article was published, Mr Cooper’s agent received a telephone call from Mr Ailes threatening to withdraw Fox’s business from all his clients.

“There are only two possible ways Ailes found out,” Mr Cooper said. “Either Brock told him or they got hold of Brock’s phone records and saw I spoke to him.”

He first alleged that the records were obtained by researchers in the “brain room” in 2005 in an article on his website about the launch of the channel.

“Most people thought it was simply the research department of Fox News,” he wrote. “I knew it also housed a counter intelligence and black ops office. So accessing phone records was easy pie.”

Mr Cooper said yesterday that he helped to design the high-security unit. “It was staffed by 15 researchers and had a guard at the door. No one working there would engage in conversation.”

Mr Cooper said he was “willing to consider the possibility” that Mr Brock named him, but added: “I assume he operates under journalistic ethics and protected a confidential source. Brock told me at the time that Ailes told him he would never work again if he wrote the article.”

Mr Brock now runs Media Matters, a Left-leaning American media watchdog. A spokesman for the group said: “He declines to comment.”

Another former Fox News senior executive, who did not wish to be named, said staff were forced to operate under conditions reminiscent of “Russia at the height of the Soviet era”.

“There is a paranoid atmosphere and they feel they are being watched,” said the former executive. “I have no doubt they are spying on emails to ensure no one is leaking to outside media.

“There is a unit of spies that reports up to the boss about who was talking to whom. A lot of people are scared that they’re going to get sidelined or even that they’re going to get killed.”

A Fox News spokesman said: “Each of these allegations is completely false. Dan Cooper was terminated six weeks after the launch of the Fox News Channel in 1996 and has peddled these lies for the past 15 years.”

The FBI is investigating allegations that journalists on a British newspaper may have tried to have September 11 victims’ phones hacked. Both former Fox News executives said they thought Mr Ailes would never have let his reporters do likewise.