Oslo terror: political vultures circle in

Gee, that didn't take long. Conspiranoid cranks claim (on no evidence) that Mossad was behind the Oslo terror attacks, providing an opportunity for the right-wing Israeli press to tar "anti-Zionists" as conspiranoid cranks. Arutz Sheva, far-right organ of the settler movement, swoops in on the kneejerk spewings of two perennial faves of the conspiracy set. The first is Wayne Madsen, a self-proclaimed former US military analyst, who plays an utterly specious connect-the-dots game to link accused Oslo bomber Anders Behring Breivik to Israeli intelligence...

Arutz Sheva says the offending quote is from "the American blog of Wayne Madsen," which is modestly called Wayne Madsen Report, but we could only find it reposted on the wacky Alex Jones' InfoWars.com. Here it is:

[Breivik is a] supporter of such vile Zionist Islamophobes as Pam Geller and Richard Pipes. Pipes and Geller are ciphers for Israeli intelligence and propaganda elements and provide a clear link between Breivik and Mossad, which is under orders to stage false flag attacks to garner support for Israel against Palestine, Cyprus and Norway being the two most recent examples of Mossad-staged attacks.

Let's put aside the question of whether "Mossad...is under orders to stage false flag attacks," and how Madsen purports to know this. Instead note the rank cynicism of Madsen's wiggle-words "supporter" and "cipher." Breivik is a "supporter" (that is, probably, a mere fanboy) of professional Islamophobes Pam Geller and Richard Pipes, who are assumed to be "ciphers" for Mossad. The vague word "cipher" (sounds appropriately sinister, but the dictionary suggests it means "non-entity") is never defined. By this pseudo-logic, every idiot who protested against New York's "Ground Zero Mosque" is a Mossad agent. Yet this empty non-evidence is held to "provide a clear link between Breivik and Mossad"! This is what George Orwell called dishonest use of "meaningless words" or "verbal false limbs" to "give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Madsen goes on to gripe, providing further propaganda ammo for the vile Arutz Sheva:

Obama administration covers up for Israel by calling attack "domestic." With ample evidence of Mossad involvement in Oslo, it is up to every one of us to report to the Nth degree any suspicious contacts with Israelis or Israeli sympathizers.

"Ample evidence"? As far as we can see, there has been no evidence. And note how Madsen paranoiacally lowers to bar from Mossad "ciphers" to mere "Israelis or Israeli sympathizers." We have pointed out before that Madsen is a sloppy writer and one-note obsessive who even saw a Mossad conspiracy in the Elliot Spitzer sex scandal! Far worse, he is among the coterie of cranks leading the charge on Rwanda genocide denial.

Moving on to the next conspiranoid cited by Artuz Sheva. The article states:

Al Jazeera gave more credence to the Mossad theory by publishing an article by Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist and political activist known for his criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism.

Atzmon harped on the Norwegian Labor party’s support for boycotting Israel and noted, “The Labor Party Youth Movement have been devoted promoters of the Israel Boycott campaign. Many of the children who were gunned down by Breivik earlier had held up anti-Israel signs."

...I am not in a position at present to firmly point a finger at Israel, its agents, or its sayanim—but assembling the information together, and considering all possibilities may suggest that Anders Behring Breivik might indeed, have been a Sabbath Goy.

"Sayanim" and "Sabbath Goy" are meant to denote gentiles who serve as agents or dupes of the sinister Jews. The Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon is a sort of professional ex-Jew-turned-Judeophobe in exactly the same way his opposite numbers Geller and Pipes are professional Islamophobes. However, a search of AlJazeera's website reveals that his ugly text did not appear there. In fact, it appeared on the deceptively named AlJazeerah.info, a wacky, hateful conspiranoid site (despite its ironic kicker "Cross-Cultural Understanding") that doubtless chose its name to profit from confusion with the legitimate AlJazeera. It's hard to believe that Arutz Sheva honestly fell for the subterfuge, because not only is the real AlJazeera a .net rather than .info—but the name is spelled slightly differently, with the conspiranoid imposters adding an H at the end (probably to avoid litigation). Arutz Sheva, in its attribution, actually uses the spelling of the legitimate AlJazeera! Pretty clearly, they are hoping to tar the Arab media giant as well as "anti-Zionism" with the evil spewings of Madsen and Atzmon.

So Madsen and Atzmon are being useful idiots for the Israeli right. Way to go, guys!

See our last post on the Oslo affair.

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Nice try Weinberg.

Nice try Weinberg. The real whackos are people like you who continue to apologize for the heinous acts of Israel!

Nice try, anonymous troll

I challenge you to provide a single instance in which I have "apologized for the heinous acts of Israel." Seems to me my website aggressively covers Israel's multitudinous heinous acts. Provide some evidence to back up your bogus assertion, troll. I'll be waiting.

ooh! OoH!

Your former volunteer author, Keef Harmon Snow, cites Madsen in this rather incoherent polemic against the U.N.'s attempt to help the Congo and Ben Affleck's participation;

Kagame ain't a saint, but is Affleck's travel to Africa with him any different whatsoever from Sean Penn's conversation with Chavez or Oliver Stone talking to Castro?

Madsen, Snow and Rwanda

Emphasis on the "former." We had a very public parting of the ways with Keith Harmon Snow, after his writing became increasingly genocide-revisionist (and incoherent). Calling out Kagame on war crimes is one thing, denying the 1994 genocide is quite another.

I know that, hence "former"

I know that, hence the use of "former"

Chavez, Sí, Castro, Sí++, Kagame=mierda tóxica!

Jenny writes: "Kagame ain't a saint, but is Affleck's travel to Africa with him any different whatsoever from Sean Penn's conversation with Chavez or Oliver Stone talking to Castro?"

I'm not sure which, if any, of the people declared saints by the Catholic Church over the centuries have as much blood on their hands as Paul Kagame has; Hugo Chavez is far from perfect, as exemplified by his betrayal of FARC resistance fighters to the U.S.-allied Colombian terror state, and Fidel Castro would not deny his own mistakes over half a century of leading Cuba's resistance to the Yankee empire. But putting imperialist-allied mass murderer Kagame in the same universe of discourse as Chavez or Castro is obscene.

too bad if you don't like it, Madsen hits it way out of the park


"...In Egypt, Mossad agents have been accused by the present government of fomenting riots between Muslims and Coptic Christians. A recent explosion of seized Iranian weapons and ammunition being stored at a Cypriot naval base, a blast that killed the head of the Cypriot Navy, remains suspicious. The blast followed the decision of Cyprus’s left-of-center government to recognize the sovereignty of Palestine. The resulting public outrage over the blast resulted in the resignation of pro-Palestinian Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou and a major political embarrassment for Cyprus’s president Dimitris Christofias, a member of the Communist AKEL party.

Mossad is a master at false-flag terrorist attacks designed to alter perceptions and punish opponents of Israeli policy. The fingerprints of Israeli intelligence are all over the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the 3/22 train bombings in Madrid, the 7/7 transit bombings in London, and, now, the 7/22 attacks in Norway… While the Israeli-influenced corporate media has droned on and on about the dangers of Islamist terrorism, it is now obvious that the major threat to public safety comes from the State of Israel, a rogue nation that does not hesitate to murder the innocent to achieve its sordid political aims."

So making empty claims is "hitting it out of the park"?

Neither you nor Madsen know the first thing about what constitutes responsible journalism. There is not a single concrete claim in the passage you quote; it is riddled with wiggle-words ("have been accused," "remains suspicious," "fingerprints," "it is now obvious"). If you believe this, it is not because Madsen has made a credible case, it is because you want to. You've already made your mind up on no evidence, and he is telling you what you want to hear.

We have already debunked the supposed "fingerprints of Israeli intelligence " in 9-11, et al. Happy reading.

Also Israelis support the connections between Breivik and Israel


Call me a troll but this is what you read from actual israelis.

You aren't quite a troll, just irrelevant

You don't quite qualify for troll status, although your post barely passes muster with our Posting Policy (read it, folks). 972mag.com, unlike Madsen, is a credible source. But nothing in the link you posted supports the Mossad conspiracy thesis. If reactionary American teabaggers can take "sick glee" at the Oslo attacks, why is it surprising that reactionary Israelis do? Does not indicate a conspiracy. Try again, if you wish.


So the "dancing Israelis" who were arrested at Liberty State Park in NJ were figments? Their boss at Urban Moving Systems, Dominick Suter, who was known to FBI and CIA as Mossad, was also a figment. Maybe your brain is a figment Weinberg.

Try doing some reading, troll

Do your homework and read:

Another incident seized upon as evidence of an Israeli plot in 9-11 is the detainment of five young Israelis by the FBI on September 11. The men were picked up at 6 PM in a van on the George Washington Bridge after a New Jersey woman called police to report a group of men standing on top of a van near the bridge "speaking in a foreign language and hugging each other." The incident may have been the source of widespread but apparently false New York media reports that evening that a bomb had been found on the bridge. New York's Jewish weekly The Forward reported Oct. 19, 2001 that the men were still being held at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center. The men, aged 20 through 27, worked for a local moving company, and were ostensibly held on visa violations. Their attorney, Steven Gordon, protested that they had been subjected to blindfolding, forced polygraph tests and a blackout of information on their rights. He also said non-Muslim inmates "physically threatened" them after Muslim prisoners pressured them to join in a hunger strike. The paper quoted Ido Aharoni of the Israeli consulate saying they were hugging each other in grief, not jubilation. "Obviously, they have nothing to do with the bombing... I think it was just a tragic combination of miscommunication and awkward coincidence."

This barely qualifies as an anomaly, despite all the attention it has received from the conspiracists. Was Aharoni telling the truth that the men were in grief rather than joy? Or was he just trying to cover for his fellow nationals? Who knows? It doesn't matter. Hugging in joy (or pumping their fists, as other accounts had it) would have been utterly unbecoming behavior if they were Mossad agents (as asserted by What Really Happened, among others). Clueless, testosterone-juiced young Israeli immigrant workers would be far more likely to commit such an indiscretion than hardened secret agents. A more appropriate response from progressives would be outrage that these workers, along with over a thousand Muslim immigrant workers, were detained.

As for Dominick Suter, Wikipedia informs us:

The five men worked at the company Urban Moving Systems, owned and operated by Dominick Suter. After the men were arrested the FBI searched their offices and questioned Suter, however Suter fled to Israel before he could be questioned further. Eventually, Suter's name appeared on the May 2002 FBI Suspect List, along with the Sept. 11 hijackers and other suspected extremists. [Times Herald, August 29, 2005]

So I'd love to know why the FBI are the bad guys when they pick on Muslims, but the good guys when they pick on Jews.

You're a jew Weinberg.

You're a jew Weinberg. We understand why you can't see the Mossad connection to 911 or Oslo. We understand. We also feel sympathy for you knowing you will burn in hell one day.

So tell me again how anti-Semitism doesn't exist

I get several such comments every month. Every once in a while I will approve one rather than delete it just to scoff at everyone who tells me anti-Semitism is just in my paranoid imagination, and to provide an example of what clearly violates our Posting Policy. (Then there are the frequent comments like this one and this one that are clearly anti-Semitic but just barely avoid falling into the category of hate speech.) NYC Indymedia doesn't even seem to have a policy of not permitting hate speech where the Jews are concerned, alone of all ethnic groups, as I have found out. Did you ever ask yourself—Why is that?

Madsen got it wrong

It just occurred to us that Madsen appears to have confused the professional Islamophobe Daniel Pipes with his father, the professional Russophobe Richard Pipes. Way to go, Madsen.