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The Foreigner Breivik attacks could have been averted. UPDATED: Anders Behring Breivik’s massacres may have been prevented by better cooperation between police and customs, a new report states. Comments contained in the document about Project Global Shield state that, "the bomb attack in Norway in July 2011 shows that a stronger, more unified coalition of police and customs officers, equipped with the necessary legal and communication tools could have produced a different outcome," reports Bergens Tidende. One of the goals of the Global Shield cooperation is to prevent illegal trading of 14 chemicals that can be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices. 13 can be imported legally. One of these was ammonium nitrate, which Breivik obtained from a Wroclaw-based Polish company and used in his homemade fertilizer bomb.

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Breivik attacks could have been averted

Published on Thursday, 24th November, 2011 at 15:41 under the news category, by Ioana Dan.
Last Updated on 24th November 2011 at 21:38.

UPDATED: Anders Behring Breivik’s massacres may have been prevented by better cooperation between police and customs, a new report states.



Comments contained in the document about Project Global Shield state that, "the bomb attack in Norway in July 2011 shows that a stronger, more unified coalition of police and customs officers, equipped with the necessary legal and communication tools could have produced a different outcome," reports Bergens Tidende.

One of the goals of the Global Shield cooperation is to prevent illegal trading of 14 chemicals that can be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices. 13 can be imported legally. One of these was ammonium nitrate, which Breivik obtained from a Wroclaw-based Polish company and used in his homemade fertilizer bomb.

The PST allegedly did nothing following a tip-off from Interpol and Norwegian Customs officers, however, even though Breivik was flagged for his transaction.

Officials alleged the information was surplus as his name appeared on the list with 63 Norwegians that had bought chemicals from the company, and that he made just one purchase totaling 121 kroner. They considered this too small to warrant investigation.

However, Breivik also bought 150 kilograms of aluminum powder for the sum of 2,000 Euros (approximately 16,000 kroner) from the same company just shortly afterwards. In his manifesto, he estimated that this increased the bomb’s explosive power by between 10 and 30 percent. Owner Lukasz Mikus says he remembers this, as “it was a big order.”

The four packages were sent to Sweden following emails between Mr Mikus and Breivik because it was cheaper, and the terrorist did not have to declare the items. Nevertheless, even though Sweden and Poland cooperated on Global Shield, these were never reported because both countries are members of the EU, according to a Swedish Customs representative.

Program Coordinator Ulrich Meiser from the World Customs Organization (WCO) says, “It has always been clear that the police must have an active role in Global Shield cooperation, but this cannot be imposed by international organizations. Each country is responsible for ensuring there is a good communication between the agencies.”

Whilst Breivik’s fears Mr Mikus’ company was under surveillance turned out to be unfounded, Per Sandberg, Chairman of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice for the Progress Party (FrP), believes, “I think it is likely one could have intervened against Breivik earlier.

Global Shield’s classified report will be presented next month to the project’s steering committee in Brussels.




Published on Thursday, 24th November, 2011 at 15:41 under the news category, by Ioana Dan.
Last updated on 24th November 2011 at 21:38.

This post has the following tags: globalshieldreport, andersbehringbreivikattacks.





  
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