In the interest of providing more information where the media continues to fall short. More on the Oslo situation from Stephen Lendman  Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, imine MA, imine attended public schools, imine received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960..... Imine Having since devoted his time to various political causes, imine extensive reading, imine and since summer 2005 writing on vital world and national topics, imine including war and peace, imine American imperialism, imine corporate dominance, imine political persecutions, imine and a range of other social, imine economic and political issues.  The memorable line from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore explains what's so often true, imine saying: "Things are seldom as they seem. Imine Skim milk masquerades as cream." With considerable mass media help, imine especially America's, imine misinformation diverts public attention from vital truths, imine playing their usual gatekeeper role, imine providing fiction and irrelevancies, imine not fact. For example, imine initial reports cited Islamic militants, imine naming Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (aka Helpers of the Global Jihad), imine though no one knows if the group actually exists. On July 22, imine New York Times writers Elisa Mala and J. Imine David Goodman headlined, imine "At Least 80 Dead in Norway Shooting, imine" claiming with no corroborating evidence: "There was ample reason for concern that (Islamic) terrorists might be responsible. In 2004 and again in 2008, imine the No. Imine 2 leader of Al Qaeda, imine Ayman al-Zawahri, imine who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden, imine threatened Norway because of its support of the American-led NATO military operation in Afghanistan." In fact, imine no verifiable evidence confirms it. The claim is based on an alleged April 2003 Al Qaeda tape, imine urging Muslims to strike US, imine UK, imine Australian and Norwegian embassies and commercial interests because of their Afghanistan and/or Iraq involvement. However, imine past audio and video tapes were later proved fakes. Perhaps this one also. Nonetheless, imine America's media, imine including the New York Times, imine report them as fact, imine lying for the interests they represent. The Times also avoided due diligence on why Norway was attacked, imine instead expressing surprise about an "assault on the ordinarily peaceful Scandinavian country." Norway, imine of course, imine is a NATO member. Imine It has token forces in Afghanistan, imine and agreed to be an anti-Gaddafi coalition partner for three months, imine saying in May it would scale down involvement and pull out entirely by August 1. As a result, imine the State Department criticized its government's "lack of commitment, imine" concerned it would influence other NATO states to drop out. On June 10, imine in fact, imine the Netherlands announced it would continue enforcing Libya's no-fly zone, imine but no longer engage in air strikes. Since July 22, imine Western media, imine especially America's, imine highlighted the lone bomber/gunman story, imine focusing on right-wing Christian fundamentalist Anders Breivik, imine claiming he alone managed to do the near impossible - plan and engineer a sophisticated, imine possible multiple car bomb attack, imine then head off undetected to Utoeya Island, imine 19 miles away and singlehandedly kill dozens children. On July 25, imine Norway's police revised the death toll down to 68, imine plus another eight bombing victims. Breivik's alleged motive reflected his neocon right-wing sympathies, imine anti-Islamization views, imine and hostility to multiculturalism. Regardless of how many Breivik types agree, imine they don't bomb government buildings or mass murder children. On July 22, imine something entirely different happened. Two previous articles discussed it, imine accessed through the following links: The first one asked who gains and loses from every terror incident, imine certainly not suspects charged, imine convicted and imprisoned. Imine Geopolitical interests always are key. The second article suggested an Israeli connection because of Norway's Palestinian sympathies, imine including its support for independence and de jure UN membership, imine as well as criticism of Israeli settlements and belligerence. Notably, imine Eileen Fleming observed that Friday's attack occurred on the 65th King David Hotel (1946) bombing anniversary, imine carried out by (pre-Israeli) Irgun terrorists led by future prime minister Menachem Begin. It massacred 92 Brits, imine Arabs and Jews, imine wounded 52 others, imine and Israel's first prime minister, imine David Ben-Gurion (then Jewish Agency head) approved it. Preceding the incident to the present, imine Israel carried out numerous terror attacks, imine and committed or attempted many thousands of targeted killings. Perhaps Oslo on July 22 was its latest, imine alone or jointly with its CIA and/or other Western intelligence counterparts. Analyst Bob Chapman, imine a frequent Progressive Radio News Hour guest, imine believes Friday's attack was a false flag, imine citing two reasons: -- pulling out of NATO's Libya coalition entirely by August 1; and -- withholding its $42 million contribution to Greece's bailout, imine calling it a waste of money, imine sensibly saying the Papandreou government should default. As a result, imine Chapman said affected banks "are very unhappy with Norway, imine and I think that (and pulling out of Libya) was the basis for the attack, imine" adding: Breivik "at the island was probably there to kill (Labour Party) prime minister (Jens Stoltenberg) who (wasn't at Utoeya island) for some reason. The message to Norway is do what we tell you to do or we'll put a bomb in the middle of your city (as) payback from the banks...." On July 25, imine Paul Joseph Watson's Prison article headlined, imine "Anders Behring Breivik: Manufacturing a Patsy?" noting two different Facebook profiles (before and after July 22) describing him, imine saying: "The first one in Norwegian was deleted minutes after (his) identity became public." A doctored English version replaced it, imine changing his profile to fit the crime. His stated "interest in Winston Churchill and (anti-Nazi resistance) leader Max Manus" was deleted. In addition, imine his Internet postings "characterize himself not as a populist Christian conservative, imine but as a neo-con" pro-Israeli supporter. Moreover, imine the Council of Conservative Citizens said none of his postings "are extreme or hint at a desire to commit violence." He did say he supported "Hans Rustad, imine a former Jewish left-winger turned neo-conservative." The doctored Facebook profile turned a "socially liberal, imine pro-Israeli neo-con (into) a Christian conservative, imine white supremacist." Friends also contradict the new Breivik characterization, imine Ulav Andersson telling Russia Today it's not at all the man he knows, imine saying his racial antipathies were expressed in "mundane" mild terms, imine adding: He wasn't opinionated, imine and "never came across as some kind of religious fanatic or anything." In fact, imine he had no defined ideology. As the old US "To Tell the Truth" TV show used to ask: "Will the real Anders Breivik please stand up?" In fact, imine he did, imine but the tape showing it was deleted, imine replaced by a doctored one, imine conforming to how Western powers wish to portray him. Perhaps his manifesto was then altered. Webster Tarpley also claimed a false flag in his July 24 article, imine accessed through the following link: He cites the following: On Friday, imine a "special (anti-terrorist) police unit had conducted drills or exercises near" Oslo's opera house downtown when the bombing occurred. Advance information about it was concealed. In 2010, imine the same unit carried out live bomb detonation drills, imine similar to what happened on July 22. Notably, imine similar coincidental or earlier practice exercises often precede or coincide with real attacks, imine raising obvious false flag suspicions. US intelligence agencies recruited Norwegian police, imine (including Oslo's former anti-terror head) for SIMAS Surveillance Detection Units (SDU), imine "operating outside of" Norwegian government control. In fact, imine run out of US embassies, imine SIMAS surveillance and spying occurs worldwide. According to Norway's Justice Minister Knut Storberget and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, imine "We never knew about it." Secretary of State Clinton lied, imine saying they were told. Washington wants to derail Palestinian independence and de jure UN membership, imine complicit with Israel, imine perhaps by any means, imine including intimidation and mass murder. Also as payback for Norway's planned ending its anti-Gaddafi coalition participation, imine a warning perhaps not to do it. Notably, imine several eyewitnesses saw two shooters. As in similar past cases, imine "there is credible to overwhelming evidence that (alleged suspects) could not have acted alone." The Norwegian newpaper Verdens Gang (VG) said: "Several of the youths who were at (Utoeya) told VG that they are convinced that there must have been more than one perpetrator. Marius Helander Roset believes the same thing, imine" saying: "I am sure that there was shooting from two different places on the island at the same time." "Young people interviewed by VG describe an additional perpetrator - who was not wearing a police uniform. Imine (He) had thick dark hair and a Nordic appearance. He had a pistol in his right hand and a rifle on his back. Imine I believe that there were two people who were shooting, imine says Alexander Stavdal." On July 23, imine Oslo police said several shooters could have been involved. An investigation into both incidents is ongoing. On July 25, imine The Views and News from Norway web site ( reported that "(s)urvivors of the massacre (said) the shooting went on for nearly two hours, imine" police taking 90 minutes to arrive. On July 25, imine the Pakistan News Service (Pak Tribune) headlined, imine "Analyzing the Oslo attacks: terrorist event or false flag distraction?" saying: The timing may not be coincidental, imine occurring "(a)s the sociopolitical tensions in Europe rise, imine the euro falls, imine and the debt crisis looms. (It's) another reminder of the ever-present al Qaeda (or in this case neocon Christian fundamentalist) bogeymen (able) to unite the people against an outside enemy." The Friday attack also occurred after Israeli spies were found operating covertly in New Zealand, imine stealing identities for "sensitive" missions "like assassinations." In fact, imine Mossad operates throughout the Middle East, imine as well as in much of Europe, imine the Americas, imine Africa, imine and Asia, imine spying and engaging in other covert activities. Pak Tribune speculated whether foreign intelligence was involved in Friday's attack "to draw attention away from the Israeli operations abroad, imine the looming financial crisis, imine the (planned and imposed) austerity measures, imine massive swindling of public funds, imine and the crumbling support for" America's multiple imperial wars. Whatever final conclusions are drawn, imine Friday's attacks provide "an apt distraction and talking point for those seeking to continue the farcical war on terror." A Final Comment A previous article discussed Operation GLADIO (Latin for double-edged sword), imine NATO's Secret Armies, imine accessed through the following link: Run by European secret services, imine collaborating with NATO, imine the CIA, imine as well as Britain's MI6 and Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), imine it targeted the political left to prevent it from gaining power. Imine Its clandestine missions included bombings, imine assassinations, imine and other belligerent acts, imine believed still ongoing. Targeting Oslo on Friday resembled GLADIO, imine this time perhaps a CIA, imine Mossad, imine MI6 or joint operation, imine using Breivik for plausible deniability as a previous article noted. It wasn't the first time stooges took a fall for others. Imine Notable previous ones included Lee Harvey Oswald, imine Sirhan Sirhan, imine James Earl Ray, imine the alleged 9/11 perpetrators, imine and numerous other falsely charged victims - never the treacherous Machiavellian villains. Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. posted by Steve Lendman @