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Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director, Ken Roth, and New York Times (NYT) journalist CJ Chivers, were quick to argue the UN report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Ghouta proved the Syrian regime forces launched the attacks. However, analysis of the report suggests HRW and the NYT’s argument is flawed and illustrates that, as in Libya, where the opportunity for US air strikes presents itself, HRW displays militaristic (“responsibility to protect”) impulses and functions as a willing vehicle for pro-bombing propaganda. Continue Reading…

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Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted responsibility for the horrific massacre in Norway, is a right-wing extremist, according to Norwegian officials who cited his previous writings including his Facebook page.

Anders Behring Breivik

The acting police chief, Sveinung Sponheim, said the suspect’s Internet postings:

suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views”

In the aftermath, the New York Times and the BBC and right-wing commentators rushed to publish unreliable and quickly discredited evidence of Jihadi involvement:

Here is the immediate reaction to the bombing from Michelle Malkin:

Michelle Malkin is a conservative commentator who was regularly given a platform by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, until she objected to fellow commentator Geraldo Rivera saying of her:

“Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I’ve ever met in my life, … She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people”

This is how Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper reported the massacre:

How Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun reported the Norway Massacre

The irresponsibility of Murdoch, the New York Times and the BBC is clear from this quote by Reverend Carl Petter Opsahl of Oslo who stated:

“As a citizen of Oslo I think it is a relief that it is a Norwegian. It would be very difficult to be muslim or an immigrant if it was Al Qaeda. We saw a little it of that on Friday when we didn’t know who the killer was. Some were beaten up and I hope that will not continue.”

It is worth pointing out that of 294 terrorist attacks in 2009 in Europe (latest figures) only 1 was an act of Islamic terrorism.

More evidence is emerging of Anders Behring’s links to the US Right – he posted regularly to anti-immigration web sites and his writings  indicate that he advocated for a “cultural Euro-version of a Tea Party movement.”

He also recommended posts on ‘Atlas Shrugs’ (winner of a 2008 best conservative blog award) run by Pamela Geller, one of the main organisers of the campaign against the Park51 community centre who heads an organisation called ‘Stop Islamization of America.’

Update – Manifesto of a Killer

What looks like the manifesto of this mass murderer is now available – its called “2083 A European Declaration of Independence” and calls for a cultural conservative and nationalist revolution across Europe to defeat “cultural Marxism” (defined as multi-culturalism), Islamism and Nazism in the interests of monoculturalism, patriarchy and isolationism.

The manifesto calls for a Pan-European Crusader Movement (an ‘infidel movement’) and reiterates many of the themes of ‘Stop Islamization of America,’ and its affiliate sites such as  ‘Stop Islamization of Europe’ and ‘Stop Islamization of England.’

Still from video manifesto

Extremely worryingly the manifesto calls for the targeting of ‘multiculturalist cultural Marxist traitors’ and talks of a meeting of 12 ‘conservative revolutionary’ delegates from 10 countries – France, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Greece, Spain, Russia and Serbia in London in 2002.

Anders Behring, who describes himself as Andrew Berwick in the manifesto, is clearly a complete fantasist, but from his other writing it seems he had significant funds available and he is clearly operating within an ideological framework shared by other islamophobes. In fact, his islamophobic views correlate with those of Pamela Geller who writes for Murdoch’s Fox News.

Last week CJ Chivers introduced us to the “short stub case.” His argument was that to be used in a breech-loaded mortar system (such as the AMOS or NEMO) a ‘short stub case’ is needed. Since no short stub cases were found in Misrata a breech-loaded system couldn’t have fired the shells.

The trouble with this argument is explained in a recent patent application by BAE Systems:

When stub case weapon systems are fired, the stub case separates from the round. Thereafter, the stub case must be removed from the breech. Because of the relatively high temperatures generated during the firing process, there are also issues relating to disposal of the hot stub case in a safe manner.

So the stub case is ejected in a burst of hot air and doesn’t travel to its target…

The New York Times have published unsupported allegations that this blog is being funded by Qaddafi.

The allegation was made in a 3800 word article regarding the ongoing HRI investigation into the facts around the bombing of Misrata, the arms trade and the involvement of US and Spanish officials.

On 23rd April 2011 the New York Times published the allegation by “several readers” that HRI:

“is a Qaddafi-backed site, a Qaddafi mouthpiece or even a flat-out hoax, another Gay Girl in Damascus.”

The author of the article, ex-marine CJ Chivers (who regularly reports on military and intelligence affairs for the NYT) went on to admit that:

“I have not looked into these things, and have no evidence that HRI is any of these things”

Contacted by HRI, the office of the public editor of the New York Times, refused to remove the article or answer the question as to whether the NYT considered it ethical to publish allegations, for which even the author admitted there was no evidence. The publisher of the NYT, Arthur Sulzberger, has refused to comment.

There are a number of factual errors in the article, as will become clear as we release more information about the facts regarding the cluster bombing of Misrata and about the HRI investigation.

Updated 20 July

The issue of the short stub case, which was pretty central to the NYT article’s allegations against HRI is tackled here.

The issue of the Spanish government’s transparency regarding cluster munitions is dealt with here and here.

Mr Hiznay has failed to provide a copy of his memorandum.

More information to come.