knightstemplerThe 32-year-old Norwegian man who went on a shooting spree on the island of Utoya has been identified as Anders Behring Breivik, according to multiple reports was a Freemason and member of the Knights Templar.

“The alleged offender is a member of the John lodge St. Olaus TD Three pillars of the Norwegian Masonic Order. He has 3 degree status, where the peak is ten degrees. – We have no way to express an opinion on individuals or incidents related to any members”, said spokesman of the Norwegian Freemasons order Helge Qvigstad told Dagbladet.

Norway mourned on Sunday 93 people killed in a shooting spree and car bombing by a Norwegian who saw his attacks as “atrocious, but necessary” to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.

In his first comment via a lawyer since his arrest, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, said he wanted to explain himself at a court hearing on Monday about extending his custody.

Breivik posted a 1,500-page manifesto, written in English, on Friday, describing his violent philosophy and how he planned his onslaught and made explosives.

The killings would draw attention to the manifesto entitled “2083-A European Declaration of Independence,” Breivik wrote…

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“Once you decide to strike, it is better to kill too many than not enough, or you risk reducing the desired ideological impact of the strike,” he added.

locals remembered seeing Breivik clad in military gear and heard sinister rumours that he was a member of a gun club.

In online boasts Breivik claimed to have put in 17,500 hours work on a university degree, penned a 1,100-page book and become a self- made millionaire in his 20s.

In one he said: I earned my first million as an entrepreneur at the age of 24 and have friends who are entrepreneurs in most industries. But financial records suggest Breiviks wealth peaked at £75,000 in 2007. Since then he had run a series of short-lived, loss-making firms before starting a vegetable-growing business.

Breiviks Facebook page suggested his interests were hunting and body building. He completed military service and had never come to the attention of the police, apart from minor traffic offences committed more than a decade ago.

He was registered as a member of Oslo gun club and a Masonic Lodge called Johannes-Losjen St. Olaus T.D Tre Siler.

Photos emerged showing him clad in full ceremonial masonic gear.

But yesterday the lodges grand master Ivar A Skaar insisted Breivik had only had minimal contact with the organisation.

Breivik is also said to be a video game nut, who was particularly obsessed with the online game World of Warcraft.

But his passion for politics was laid bare in a string of posts on websites and forums including, used by members of the far right.

He told followers on a Norwegian website how he planned to launch his own newspaper and a pressure group modelled on the extremist English Defence League. He claimed to have had discussions with EDL members raising fears over his links with Britain. Breivik wrote of his contempt for the British Labour party, slamming its multicultural policies and calling for MPs to face a Nuremberg-style trial. And he appeared to praise the British National Party.

Yesterday it emerged that Breivik had bought six tonnes of fertiliser thought to have formed the basis of the Oslo bomb. He took delivery from agricultural supply chain Felleskjoepet Agri on May 4.

He has been charged with three counts of terrorism and is due in court in the next 48 hours. A police official said he had been co-operating, adding: He is clear on the point that he wants to explain himself.

Norwegian neo-Nazi expert Therje Envernland said that Breivik was a typical posh upper-class kid from West Olso.

But Mr Envernland suggested he must have had links to organised crime to get hold of the automatic weapons he used in the island massacre.

He said: It looks as though he was a lone wolf, but hed been active in right wing politics at school and right up until a year ago when he dropped out of sight obviously planning this.

Hed been on chat {forums expressing anti-Muslim, anti multi-culturalism views. He wasnt a neo-Nazi, but he was active on forums where these kind of people went to air their views. But then he went underground. The main reason for the attack was to fight against the multi-culturalism he saw as a conspiracy against his country.

Mr Envernland added that Breivik had almost certainly been planning the massacre for some time.

He said: He rented the farm in 2009 in what looks like a front so that he could buy the fertiliser he used in the bomb.


Ironically, the farm had been used to grow hashish before he took the place over. Maybe that’s where he came into contact with organised crime. He must have had contact to get his hands on the gun.

Its pretty clear that he planted the bomb in Oslo as a diversion so he could get on the island dressed as a policeman and be left alone to shoot all these kids.

In other online rantings, Breivik said he was a Christian but then went on to attack the Church. In one he wrote: I am a Protestant and baptised/confrmed to me by my own free will when I was 15.

But todays Protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centres.

He raved against Somali {immigrants with full Norwegian passports sitting at home on benefit and sending back money to the Islamist Al-Shabab.

In one chilling paper he wrote: How many thousands of Europeans must die, be raped, robbed and {discarded before you understand multiculturalism and Islam does not work? Why do you think Norway will be the first country in the world for the last 1,400 years in which this will succeed? History repeats itself forever.

The manifesto posted by Breivik, a self-styled founder member of a modern Knights Templar organization, hints at a wider conspiracy of self-appointed crusaders and shows a mind influenced by the fantasy imagery of online gaming.

“The order is to serve as an armed Indigenous Rights Organization and as a Crusader Movement (anti-Jihad movement),” he writes in the document, chunks of which are cut and pasted from other far-right, anti-Islam documents on the Internet.

Breivik says he is not against immigrants who integrate and reserves a lot of his fury for a liberal European political establishment he views as promoting Europe’s destruction.

He hints at a wider conspiracy in the document, saying that the Knights Templar, a medieval order of crusading warrior monks, had been reconstituted in London in 2002.

Breivik attacks the “Islamic colonisation and Islamisation of Western Europe” and the “rise of cultural Marxism/multi-culturalism.”

A video posted on YouTube called “Knights Templar 2083” showed pictures of Breivik, including one of him in a scuba diving outfit pointing an automatic weapon.

The perspective of Breivik would appear to be quite bifurcated and completely in contrast to any principals of Freemasonry, claiming to be a Freemason yet representing hatred toward Islam.

Freemasonry is one of the few Fraternal organizations that embraces individuals of all religions especially Islam. The Sciotts for example, are an offshoot of Freemasonry actually involved in the respectful instruction of Islamic history. The organization that Brevik claims to belong to representing the Knight’s Templar is not a Masonic organization as some press would like to represent. The “Commandry” is the nearest modern form to the infamous Knoghts Templar who once were said to protect the trade routes of old world Europe and is actually connected and recognized by Freemasons. This new organization of Knights Templar Brevik is said to have belonged to, has no correlation to Freemasonry or the Free-masonic Commandry or Templars what so ever.

“He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary,” Geir Lippestad said.

The lawyer said Breivik had admitted to Friday’s shootings at a Labour party youth camp and the bombing that killed seven people in Oslo’s government district a few hours earlier.

However, “he feels that what he has done does not deserve punishment,” Lippestad told NRK public television.

“What he has said is that he wants a change in society and in his understanding, in his head, there must be a revolution.”

Oslo’s acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim confirmed to reporters that Breivik would be able to speak to the court. It was not clear whether the hearing would be closed or in public.

“He has admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he’s not admitting criminal guilt,” Sponheim said, adding that Breivik had said he acted alone.

Police were checking this because some witness statements from the island spoke of more than one gunman, Sponheim said.

The violence, Norway’s worst since World War Two, has profoundly shocked the usually peaceful nation of 4.8 million.

King Harald and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg were among mourners at a service in Oslo cathedral, where the premier spoke emotionally about the victims, some of whom he knew.

“This represents a national tragedy,” he declared.

Tearful people placed flowers and candles outside the cathedral. Soldiers with guns and wearing bullet-proof vests blocked streets leading to the government district.

Police said Breivik surrendered when they arrived on the small island of Utoeya in a lake northwest of Oslo after he had shot dead at least 85 people, mostly young people attending a summer camp of the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labour Party.

About 650 people were on the island when Breivik, wearing a police uniform, opened fire. Police said it took them an hour from when they were first alerted to stop the massacre, the worst by a single gunman in modern times.

An inadequate boat and a decision to await a special armed unit from Oslo, 45 km (28 miles) away, delayed the response.

“When so many people and equipment were put into it, the boat started to take on water, so that the motor stopped,” said Erik Berga, police operations chief in Buskerud County.

A person wounded in the shooting died in hospital, raising the death toll to 93, Norway’s NRK television said. Police say some people remain missing. Ninety-seven people were wounded.

Otto Loevik had to decide who to pick up on his boat and who to leave behind as he came under fire trying to rescue fleeing teenagers. “He remembers the faces of the youths he left behind,” Loevik’s wife, Wenche, told Reuters.

“He told me: ‘I had to chose who to pick up on the boat and who to leave behind. Who do you choose?’,” she said. Her husband, who declined to be interviewed, rescued some 40 to 50 terrified youths.

Norwegian police said a British police officer was providing technical expertise in the investigation but that they had not requested any separate inquiries in foreign countries.

Parliament, in recess until October, is to be recalled for a memorial service. Party leaders will discuss how the attacks would affect campaigning for local elections in September.

“We will have an election, we will have a political debate,” said Stoltenberg, premier and Labour Party leader.

“But I believe everyone understands that we have to discuss the form of the debate … to avoid a conflict between the political debate and the need to show dignity and compassion.”

Erna Solberg, head of the main opposition Conservative Party, said: “We have to agree the rules of the game.”


Norway has long been open to immigration, which has been criticised by the populist Progress Party, to which Breivik once belonged. Labour, whose youth camp he attacked, backs multi-culturalism to accommodate different ethnic communities.

“Norway will keep going. But there will be a Norway before and after the dramatic attacks on Friday,” Stoltenberg said.

“But I am quite sure that you will also recognize Norway afterwards — it will be an open Norway, a democratic Norway and a Norway where we take care of each other.”

The attacks have prompted soul-searching in Norway.

At Oslo cathedral, Britt Aanes, a priest aged 42 said the fact that Breivik was Norwegian had affected people deeply.

“In one way, I think it was good that it was not a Muslim terrorist group behind this,” she said. It pointed up the complexity of immigration and inter-religious issues for Norwegians, “a small and privileged people,” she said.

“We must open our eyes and not simply think that we can keep all this wealth to ourselves.”

Some analysts questioned whether Norway, focused on al Qaeda-type militancy, had overlooked domestic threats.

“While the main terrorist threat to democratic societies around the world still comes from Islamist extremists, the horrific events in Norway are a reminder that white far-right extremism is also a major and possibly growing threat,” said James Brandon, research head at London’s Quilliam think-tank.

Home-grown anti-government figures have struck elsewhere, notably in the United States, where Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995.

Grief was still raw for survivors and relatives clustered at a hotel in Sundvollen near Utoeya island. They huddled together, many with bloodshot eyes, at terrace tables.

(Additional reporting by Walter Gibbs, Anna Ringstrom, Henrik Stoelen, Terje Solsvik, Patrick Lannin, Johan Ahlander, Wojciech Moskwa, John Acher and Ole Petter Skonnord in Oslo, William Maclean in London; Writing by Alistair Lyon; Editing by Jon Boyle)

The entire tragedy would appear to be an attempt to victimize Freemasonry in an attempt to destroy the messenger before this critical moment in our human history.

Story Written by RC Christian , Saturday, 23 July 2011