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PST says censure inaccurate. Norway security officials reject experts’ claims they are too small to fight terrorism. In last week’s article on The Foreigner, Dr Jean-Luc Marret,Senior Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at John Hopkins University, criticised the Police Security Service (PST) for lack of bilateral cooperation. Saying that, “Norway is not a big player on counter-terrorism”, Dr Marret also stated, “Many Euro Intel services perceived them as overwhelmed in the aftermath of Anders Behring Breivik’s attacks.”

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PST says censure inaccurate

Published on Tuesday, 20th December, 2011 at 20:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norway security officials reject experts’ claims they are too small to fight terrorism.

Police Security Service building (PST)
Police Security Service building (PST)
Photo: Hans-Petter Fjeld/Wikimedia Commons


In last week’s article on The Foreigner, Dr Jean-Luc Marret,Senior Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at John Hopkins University, criticised the Police Security Service (PST) for lack of bilateral cooperation.

Saying that, “Norway is not a big player on counter-terrorism”, Dr Marret also stated, “Many Euro Intel services perceived them as overwhelmed in the aftermath of Anders Behring Breivik’s attacks.”

According to Asle Toje, security policy researcher at the University of Oslo, an explanation for the PST’s poor international reputation is that it “does not understand security”, and “it lacks instructions to fight terror because of insufficient Norwegian legislation, it lacks resources, or it does not have the necessary competence, experience, and Intelligence.”

The PST’s Director, Janne Kristiansen, has also been in heavy weather over her remarks, as well as differing public statements about how they handled information related to and regarding Breivik.

Head of Information, Martin Bernsen, replies in an email statement to The Foreigner today that the “PST cooperates bilaterally with more than 60 other security services, and we participate in several multinational forums like, for instance,  the Counter Terrorism Group and the Club of Bern."

“In Norway, the PST is part of the Police and the prosecution authorities, as well as being an intelligence service. It is therefore difficult to compare Norway with other European countries.”

“Following the incidents of 22nd July this year the PST will of course, like the rest of the police, be subjected to external evaluation,” concludes Mr Bernsen.

To read more about the PST, click here (external site).



Published on Tuesday, 20th December, 2011 at 20:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwaypst, norwegianpolicesecurityservice, andersbehringbreivikinvestigations.


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