By now everyone is familiar with the massacre that took place in Norway on the 22nd of July last year. Anders Behring Breivik set off a bomb in Oslo that killed eight people, before descending upon the Worker’s Youth League camp on Utøya island. There he shot and killed an additional 69 young people while disguised as a police officer.

In the aftermath of his arrest, the inadequacies of the Norwegian “justice” system have become apparent. The maximum sentence that Breivik can be given is 21 years, although he can be held in detention after his sentence is served if he is deemed to be a continued threat to the public.

Better yet, during his imprisonment the government of Norway will go as far as to hire people to be his friends!

At SOFREP we always have to be careful about how we report information. Whenever possible we use multiple sources who are independent of each other. However, upon receiving some disturbing information about the Breivik killings in Norway we tried to double source the information but were met with stonewalling.

The details surrounding the police response to the mad man’s murder spree is an extremely sensitive issue. That said, we will publish the data points in hopes of flushing out further information. We believe this information to be reliable but caveat it by saying that we have not received secondary confirmation at this time.

Did inept police allow Anders Breivik to kill 77 civilians?

The accusations that have been passed to me about the Breivik murder spree are damning to say the least:


  • There was no Joint Operations Center between regional and local levels that meets on any kind of regular basis. When the Breivik attack happened there was no pre-existing framework to coordinate action between Law Enforcement agencies.
  • The police forces in Norway only operate a single helicopter whereas the UK has 39 in their inventory.
  • Only specialized members of the police forces are qualified for fast roping because it is considered to be too dangerous.
  • Police didn’t want to spin up their single helicopter during the attack because command and control was worried about the monetary costs involved in burning up helicopter fuel.
  • Flying to the island was considered impossible because there was “nowhere to land”.
  • The rescue team loaded the entire unit onto a small boat on the lake to get to Utøya island where Breivik was stalking and executing children. Rather than load three or four team members at a time and ferry them to the island they tried to take everyone at once and nearly sank the boat.
  • Maybe most damning, there is an accusation that the police waited until Breivik had finished his murder spree on the island before the police moved in to arrest him as he was surrendering.


The Norwegian government is making payoffs to the families of Breivik’s murder victims to avoid lawsuits, and the Justice Minister has been shuffled around due to political fallout. The Justice Minister at the time of the attack, Knut Storberget, was known for deciding to allow female Muslim police officers to wear the hijab while in uniform.

It goes without saying that if these accusations prove true, it demonstrates gross incompetence, poor allocation of resources, weak leadership, and an absurd level of risk aversion on the part of the Norwegian government and law enforcement officers.

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