Daily Archives: August 15, 2011

Peru drugs traffickers ‘may have massacred Brazil tribe’


The Amazon tribe were photographed for the first time earlier this year but are now missing after an attack by drug traffickers Photo: Gleison Miranda/FUNAI

A remote Amazonian tribe, which made global headlines after being photographed for the first time, may have been massacred by drugs traffickers in recent weeks, authorities fear.

Telegraph | Aug 9, 2011

Brazil’s national Indian foundation, Funai, said that the isolated area housing the group had been “invaded and looted” in late July by “Peruvian drug traffickers”.

Orange-painted residents of the region in the state of Acre, about 20 miles from the Brazil-Peru border, were pictured there in 2008, firing arrows at an overflying plane.

In January this year, Brazil allowed the release of more pictures of people from the area, who were also dyed orange and were carrying bows, arrows and spears.

It is now feared that they may have been chased out of their homes or even killed by the traffickers, who are thought to have been armed.

A rucksack belonging to a suspected cocaine smuggler, containing 45 pounds of the drug and a broken arrow, was discovered in the area by police.

Officers claimed to reporters that groups of men armed with submachine guns and rifles were hiding in the forests near the base.

“We are more worried than ever,” Carlos Travassos, of Funai’s isolated Indians division, told reporters. “The arrows are like an identity card for the isolated natives. We think the Peruvians forced the tribesmen to flee.

“This situation could be one of the biggest blows to our work protecting isolated groups in the last decades. A catastrophe for our society. A genocide!”

Native tribesmen Mario Meira, the president of Funai, was on Tuesday night due to arrive at the outpost accompanied by federal police agents and a justice ministry official, the group said.

A suspected Portuguese drug trafficker previously extradited to Peru, Joaquim Fadista, who is alleged to have returned to the area to collect the rucksack, has been arrested.

Stephen Corry, the director of tribal rights group Survival International, said in a statement that “all possible measures” should be taken to ensure the safety of indigenous populations.

“This is extremely distressing news,” said Mr Corry. FUNAI says there are 67 tribes in Brazil that do not have sustained contact with the outside world.

The Borgias: the past is all death and debauchery


Man of the cloth: Jeremy Irons stars as Rodrigo Borgia in the Sky Atlantic/Showtime period drama The Borgias.

“Servants kept score of each man’s orgasms, for the Pope greatly admired virility and measured a man’s machismo by his ejaculative capacity.”

Television drama used to sex up history – but a new big-budget series about the Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons, doesn’t need to embellish reality, says William Langley.

telegraph.co.uk | Aug 14, 2011

By William Langley

Affecting that familiar air of above-it-all, actorly bewilderment, Jeremy Irons wondered last week what sort of society we’ve become. After all, he complained, a chap can’t even pat a woman on the backside without it being misinterpreted.

“The assumption must be that all men are evil, and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits, whenever they have free scope,” he complained. Oops, no, that was Niccolò Machiavelli, explaining the subtleties of statecraft in 15th-century Italy. What Jeremy actually said, in the course of plugging his lavish new TV series, The Borgias, was that political correctness, and the various prohibitions it imposes, are largely a result of there being “too many people in power with too little to do”.

It’s hard to deny that he has a point. Under the Borgias, a spot of groping behind the pilaster wasn’t just tolerated, but positively encouraged. At the same time, the number of people in power was kept to an absolute minimum – essentially, those with the surname Borgia – and while rioting and looting weren’t unknown, they tended to be kept in tight check by punishments that began with being burned alive in public and rose in severity thereafter.

The new series, largely created by the director Neil Jordan, launched last night on Sky Atlantic, after a wildly successful run in the United States. It tells the story of Italy’s original crime family, and the decadent, corrupt but impressively efficient rule it established over Rome during the 15th century.

The Borgias had arrived from Spain, first in the ailing shape of Alfonso Borgia, who became Pope Callixtus III. Alfonso was an elderly, relatively benign former law professor, whose big achievement was the posthumous exoneration of Joan of Arc, and whose big mistake was to detect a glimmer of spirituality in his ambitious nephew Rodrigo.

By 1492, Rodrigo had bribed and schemed his way to the Papal Chair, becoming Pope Alexander VI. Almost immediately, his enemies began disappearing. Indeed, when Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather, sought a true-life figure to base the character of Don Corleone upon, he didn’t have to look much further.

The new pontiff came to the job with an impressive string of mistresses and at least five children. Celibacy, as Rodrigo saw it, meant not marrying. Forgoing sex was a different matter entirely. His appetite for it was reputedly insatiable, and it was under his direction that the infamous “Chestnut Orgy” took place in 1501. According to contemporary accounts, handfuls of chestnuts were scattered on the marble floor of the papal apartments and 50 naked courtesans sent scrabbling after them. Then the male guests went after the courtesans. According to William Manchester in The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: “Servants kept score of each man’s orgasms, for the Pope greatly admired virility and measured a man’s machismo by his ejaculative capacity.”

Most prominent among Rodrigo’s children were his son Cesare and daughter Lucrezia. Both appear to have inherited their father’s mixture of charm, self-discipline and licentiousness, but although the beauteous Lucrezia has gone down in history as the ultimate femme fatale, it was Cesare – hideously disfigured by syphilis, and rarely seen in public without a mask – who took care of the real villainy.

As the Borgias tightened their grip on the city, seizing wealth and eliminating rivals, the Venetian ambassador wrote in alarm to his superiors: “Every night four or five men are discovered assassinated. Bishops, prelates and others, so that all Rome trembles for fear of being murdered.”

Machiavelli, the Florentine courtier and maestro of political intrigue, was impressed by what he saw. His famous treatise, The Prince, is, in many ways, a handbook to the art of Borgias behaving badly. “Any man who tries to be good all the time,” wrote Machiavelli, “is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence, a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.”

By the time of Rodrigo’s death in 1503, Borgia rule was weakening. The family’s enemies – those of them who survived – had learned their methods, and forged outside alliances to undermine the family’s rule. The new Pope, Julius III, had Cesare arrested, and although he escaped from prison, he was killed soon afterwards, aged 31. Lucrezia died painfully in childbirth 12 years later.

While all this makes for lively television, it does raise the question of whatever happened to what we quaintly used to call “costume drama” – a lush and soothing screenscape of stately homes, panting stallions and earnest chaps with beards saying: “His Lordship must be told.” It’s not certain that his Lordship would stand the shock of being told about the Borgias, and some viewers may be starting to feel the same way. Especially as the series follows the BBC’s The Tudors, starring Henry VIII as a sweat-bathed, codpiece-caressing sex maniac, who only emerges from his Hampton Court boudoir to dispatch people to the Tower. Or the Beeb’s equally sexed-up Rome, described as “I Claudius on Viagra”. Or Camelot, in which the real magic is how quickly the cast’s clothes disappear.

The Borgias is billed as being a qualitative cut above – and despite some carping from experts on the period, the series has been praised for its attention to detail. Giving his own penetrating historical analysis, Irons, 62, who plays Rodrigo, says: “Life was very different then, and very cheap. People wore swords and daggers and poison rings. It was tougher. It was a whole different ball game.”

And, of course, there was no political correctness, and you could happily slap those Renaissance ladies on the bustle without any fear of the Borgias’ Equality Monitoring Unit getting involved. Life, as Jeremy says, was very different.

Police checking if Norway attacks suspect had accomplices

monstersandcritics.com | Aug 2, 2011

Zionist Freemason Anders Behring Breivik

Oslo – Police have not been able to conclude whether the man suspected of the July 22 attacks in Norway that claimed 77 lives had any accomplices, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

‘So far there is no information that anyone (else) had a role,’ prosecutor Christian Hatlo told a news conference, adding it was too early to say on ‘day 11’ of the probe.

Suspect Anders Behring Breivik was remanded in custody last week on suspicion of carrying out the two attacks – a car bomb in central Oslo that killed eight people and a shooting on the island of Utoya that claimed 69 lives.

Commenting on media reports that Breivik had made a phone call from Utoya island prior to his arrest, Hatlo said police had a telephone log and voice recording believed to be the suspect.

Hatlo said police were analysing all sorts of information about Breivik such as financial records, telephone records and media use, including his activitities on the online game World of Warcraft.

Earlier Tuesday, police began to collect personal belongings left at Utoya by victims and survivors of the shooting.

Police on Monday said electronic devices such as mobile phones or PCs would be seized as evidence since they could possibly offer information about the suspect’s movements on the island.

Crime technicians have concluded their work at the buildings affected by the car bomb, and on Wednesday a clean-up operation was due to begin. Cordons would remain in place, police said.

Hatlo did not comment on the pending psychiatric assessment of Breivik ordered by the court.

Breivik’s attorney Geir Lippestad earlier told a newspaper that his client wanted to be assessed by psychiatrists from Japan, citing that he felt affiliated with the Asian nation’s concept of honour.

Hatlo on Tuesday said Breivik had asked to speak English at his custody hearing, but the prosecutor did not know why.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday attended the funeral of Somali-Norwegian Mona Abdinur, 18, one of the youths attending the camp at Utoya organized by the Labour Party’s youth wing. She was one of those who created the ‘magic at Utoya,’ he said.

Breivik remains under suicide watch at the prison where he is held in custody.

His food is also checked to make sure there is no danger of poisoning. The food is prepared by staff and inmates at the prison, Oslo daily VG said.

Prison director Knut Bjarkeid said ‘we have considered many different threats’ but declined to offer details of security measures, VG said.

Mission accomplished, will surrender to “special forces”: Breivik told cops

news24.com | Aug 3, 2011

Oslo – The man suspected of the July 22 attacks in Norway that claimed 77 lives made a brief telephone call to local police stating “mission accomplished” just prior to his arrest, the newspaper VG reported on Wednesday.

Anders Behring Breivik, aged 32, was remanded in custody last week on suspicion of carrying out the attacks.

The transcript of the telephone call to the local police made from the island of Utoya where 69 people died in a shooting spree read: “Breivik. Commander. Member of the anti-communist resistance movement against Islamisation. Mission accomplished and will surrender to (special forces) Delta.”

Police have not confirmed the remarks attributed to Breivik. At a news conference on Tuesday, prosecutor Christian Hatlo said police had a telephone log and voice recording believed to be from the suspect.

Immediately after Breivik made his statement, he hung up. There was no reply when police at Norderud Buskerud district police tried to phone back, VG said. Just minutes later, Breivik surrendered to police who had arrived on the island.

According to the newspaper report, police have not found the mobile phone Breivik used to place the call.

In addition to the shooting, Breivik is suspected of a car bomb in central Oslo that killed eight people.

Early on Wednesday, Oslo city workers started to collect wilted flowers, candles and other items left as tribute to the victims near Oslo cathedral. The flowers were to be used for compost for a future memorial site, broadcaster NRK reported.

Staff from the National Archives meanwhile collected cards, drawings and other items that were to be kept. Local authorities around Norway have also been urged to collect similar items.

Norway killer: “Called police 10 times”

Confusion surrounds Breivik police calls

Police will not go into details

theforeigner.no | Aug 12, 2011

by Michael Sandelson.

Indicted Anders Behring Breivik claims he dialled the police emergency number several times during his Utøya shooting spree but was not satisfied with their service.

Lawyer Geir Lippestad says, “He explains he rang the police himself well before his arrest on 10 occasions, and his calls were answered twice. He then introduced himself as commander, using his full name. My client said he wished to surrender – using the word ‘capitulate’ – and asked for confirmation from police this had been accepted.”

“He claims he was given answers he didn’t understand, saying he subsequently asked to be called back to confirm his message about surrendering had been received,” Mr Lippestad tells Aftenposten, underlining he has not seen police phone logs, but has asked to hear the recordings.

Police confirm they have registered a phone call from somebody who claimed to be Breivik, but will not go into details about whether there were any others, or how they were handled.

Aftenposten asks Breivik’s lawyer if his client has made these allegations purely to put police in a bad light.

“That could be. Nevertheless, if it was the case that he rang and police did not respond, as the Defence, it is my task to point this out,” he says.

Norway attacker silent on accomplices

SMH | Aug 4, 2011

Zionist Freemason Anders Behring Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted to carrying out two attacks in Norway that left 77 dead, declined to answer if he was aided by anyone during his latest police interview, his lawyer said Thursday.

“He was asked several times if he had been helped, but declined to answer,” lawyer Geir Lippestad told Oslo daily VG after Breivik was interviewed on Wednesday for the third time by police.

Determining whether Breivik had any accomplices remains a priority, investigators probing the July 22 attacks have said.

Breivik was remanded in custody last week. He has admitted to planting a car bomb in Oslo that killed eight and a shooting rampage at a Labour Party youth camp that left 69 dead.

On Thursday and Friday, about 50 funerals were scheduled around the country for victims of the attacks.

Breivik maintained his stance that he was not guilty, the lawyer told reporters after Wednesday’s 11-hour session.

Police earlier on Wednesday said they would not comment on when Breivik would be brought to police headquarters for interviews, citing security concerns.

Lippestad said Breivik also asked how many people had been injured in the attacks as well as what reactions there had been in Norway and abroad.

As during earlier police interviews, Breivik did not show any emotion, but said it was “hard” to be in custody, the lawyer told VG.

Breivik also explained how he had planned to escape from Utoya island after the shooting, but the lawyer described the plan as unrealistic.

Lippestad said Breivik also “answered questions about his trips and how he planned the attacks”. He has visited many European countries, the lawyer said.

Police on Wednesday said the probe into the attacks would be “extensive” and could last a year.

Norway killer reconstructs shootings on island


In this photo taken by Vergard M. Aas, a Norwegian crime reporter who responded to the scene of a mass shooting on Utoya Island, Norway, victims lie near the shoreline approximately one hour after police say a man dressed as a police officer gunned down youths as they ran and even swam for their lives at a camp which was organized by the youth wing of the ruling Labor Party, Friday July 22, 2011. Norwegian police say the man who has confessed to killing 69 people at an island youth camp has been brought back to the crime scene. Police say they took Anders Behring Breivik back to Utoya island on Saturday for a reconstruction of the July 22 terror attacks, when Breivik shot the victims dead on the island and killed eight further people in central Oslo with a bomb. (AP Photo/Presse 3.0, Vegard M. Aas, File)

Breivik offered to surrender several times and asked police to call him back, but they didn’t.

Associated Press | Aug 14, 2011

By BJOERN H. AMLAND

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The chilling images of Anders Behring Breivik simulating shots into the water at the island where he killed 69 people at a youth camp were broadcast around the world Sunday after police brought him back there.

Restrained by a harness, the Norwegian reconstructed his actions for police in a secret daylong trip back to the crime scene at Utoya island near Oslo.

A prosecutor also confirmed Norwegian media reports that police received several phone calls during the attack that were probably from Breivik himself, but wouldn’t say how police had reacted to the calls.

According to Norwegian daily Aftenposten, Breivik offered to surrender several times and asked police to call him back, but they didn’t.

Police said they took Breivik back to Utoya for a Saturday hearing about the attacks on July 22, when Breivik shot the victims at the lake island after killing another eight people in the capital with a bomb.

Norway gunman returns to island for crime reconstruction

Breivik’s lawyer has said he has confessed to the terror attacks, but denies criminal guilt because he believes the massacre was necessary to save Norway and Europe from Muslims and punish politicians who have embraced multiculturalism.

The 32-year-old Breivik described the shootings in close detail during an eight-hour tour on the island with up to a dozen police, prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told a news conference in Oslo.

The hearing took place amid a massive security operation that aimed to avoid escape attempts by Breivik and protect him against potential avengers. Breivik walked roughly the same route as the one he took during the shooting spree and explained what happened with as little interference as possible from police, Hjort Kraby said.

The entire hearing was filmed by police and may later be used in court, he added.

Video images of the reconstruction published by Norwegian daily VG show Breivik arriving at Utoya with the same ferry he used to get to the island last month. Breivik wore a bulletproof vest and a harness connected to a leash over a red T-shirt and jeans as he casually led police around the island.

Breivik is seen pointing out locations along the way and simulating shots into the water, where panicked teenagers dove in to try to escape from him.

“The suspect showed he wasn’t emotionally unaffected by being back at Utoya … but didn’t show any remorse,” Hjort Kraby told reporters. “He has been questioned for around 50 hours about this, and he has always been calm, detailed and collaborative, and that was also the case on Utoya.”

The hearing was arranged to avoid the need for a reconstruction in the midst of the trial and to make Breivik remember more details, Hjort Kraby said.

Norwegian media have also reported that Breivik may have filmed parts of the massacre himself. Hjort Kraby said Sunday that a video camera had been discussed during the hearing on Utoya, but declined to elaborate.

Prosecutors have previously told The Associated Press that Breivik owns a video camera that they are still trying to locate, but have dismissed reports they received witness statements about Breivik filming on Utoya.

Initial speculation suggested others were involved in the terror attacks, but prosecutors and police have said they are fairly certain that Breivik planned and committed them on his own.

Breivik faces up to 21 years in prison if he is convicted on terrorism charges, but an alternative custody arrangement — if he is still considered a danger to the public — could keep him behind bars indefinitely.

Police: Breivik Traveled Abroad to Prepare for Two Norway Attacks


Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik (L), the man accused of a killing spree and bomb attack in Norway, sits in the rear of a vehicle as he is transported in a police convoy Photo: REUTERS

A team of about 100 investigators is checking if the 32-year-old Breivik had financial and other help.

VOA News | Aug 4, 2011

Norwegian police say the man who claimed responsibility for the deaths of 77 people in last month’s twin attacks in Norway says he traveled abroad in preparation for the attacks, but  that he acted alone.   

Oslo police prosecutor Christian Hatlo told reporters Thursday that suspected killer Anders Behring Breivik told investigators that he had traveled to many foreign countries to obtain equipment.  He said during a long interrogation Wednesday, Breivik also named some companies, claiming he dealt with them.

Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad quoted his client as saying he had made about 20 trips abroad to obtain equipment for the attacks.  

Hatlo said a team of about 100 investigators is checking if the 32-year-old Breivik had financial and other help, and if he used tax havens.  He said police has found no evidence so far that the killer had any accomplices in the July 22 attacks in Oslo and on nearby Utoeya island.

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Hatlo said Breivik was calm and collected during the questioning, but that he admitted to struggling with isolation in his cell.

In his 1,500-page anti-Muslim manifesto, Breivik claimed he had collaborated with other extremists.

Police said Thursday they have questioned a blogger called “Fjordman,” whose anti-Muslim writings have been quoted in Breivik’s manifesto, but did not reveal what he had said.  A Norwegian online news outlet said that the so-called Fjordman had earlier published a statement on the Gates of Vienna website, saying that he has never met Breivik and dislikes being mentioned in his writings.

Breivik is accused of killing eight people in a bombing near government offices in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, then shooting to death 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoeya, a tiny island.  He has said the killings were necessary to his crusade against a Muslim invasion of Europe.

If convicted of terrorism charges, Breivik could face up to 21 years in prison.  But alternative arrangements could keep him behind the bars longer.