I want to start by expressing my condolenses to those who lost a friend or a loved one in Oslo or Utøya, and to the whole Norwegian nation.
An hour before the killing started ABB (the gunman) sent out a 1500 page manifesto on the internet. Some media outlets have been linking to the document or offering it for download. I have very mixed feelings about that.
On the one hand, we want to stand and fight for the freedom of speech. Like Norway's PM Jens Stoltenberg said: "We will retaliate with more democracy, transparency & openness" Considering that, we absolutely should publish the manifesto, encourage the discussion and dialogue. But should we really?
If we look at the content of the manifesto we see that it is full of hate. It's a manuscript for terrorism. It is designed to be a guide for other extremists on how to blow up nuclear power plants, how to kill women in the field, how to run a single man sleeper cell, descriptions of how he trained and brain washed him self. He says he went to Liberia in 2002 and told his friend that he was finding ways to smuggle blood diamonds, to cover his real intentions. Which were what? Training himself to become comfortable with killing people? At one place he says: "You must therefore embrace and familiarise yourself with the concept of killing women, even very attractive women."
Though all normal people see this as plain madness, there are people out there who can take this as an inspiration. Just like his inspiration comes from the Unabombers manifesto which he actually copies word for word as part of his own.
In the manifesto he has a marketing plan which the media unfortunately is carrying out. He describes how to create images for the press that can be used after your "mission" is completed. On July 17th he created a Facebook page to profile himself, with images for the media to use, he created a twitter account with only one quote and he posted his propaganda videos on YouTube. And the media has been using these exact photos to portrait him in the news, showing him in the best possible light.
The gunman was wearing a bullet proof west and made no resistance to the arrest. That was part of his plan all along as he wanted to get caught so he could better get his message across: "Alternatively they will use censorship to silence the story to death as is the common weapon of choice in France. A countermeasure would be for the resistance fighter to actually survive the operation and attest to his political agenda. That his objective was in fact part of a larger, long term strategy to cause ideological damage to the EUSSR/USASSR multiculturalist regime as part of a 100 year plan to completely seize power through military means and replace the system." That is why many Norwegians are asking for a closed trial, so that he does not get the chance to use the trial as a tool to spread his ideology.
So what do you think? Should we stick to our princips with freedom of speech with out limitations? Or should we draw the line somewhere? What do you think? Publish or not?