Did EDL ally Pamela Geller already know about Norway terrorist ?


by Jai
8th August, 2011 at 8:00 am    

Pickled Politics senior editor Sunny Hundal briefly mentioned the following subject in his recent article discussing the fact that the atrocity in Norway highlights “a new form of prejudice”, but it’s worth providing further details. Pamela Geller is the American author of the virulently anti-Muslim blog Atlas Shrugs and the executive director of the organisation “Stop Islamization of America”; like SIOA’s co-founder Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Geller was repeatedly cited in the 1500-page manifesto of the Far-Right Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik (described by the Norwegian police as a “Christian fundamentalist”).

Geller herself, who is originally from a Jewish background but describes mainstream liberal Jews as “lost souls” and “self-hating wretches”, was given a huge public platform by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News last year during the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy. She has consistently been at the forefront of promoting extremely bigoted anti-Muslim propaganda; you can read a comprehensive list of examples via Media Matters for America here and here, and via The American Muslim here.

It turns out that Pamela Geller received an email in 2007 from a Norwegian contact who sounds disturbingly similar to Breivik. Geller approvingly published the email on her Atlas Shrugs blog on 24 June 2007 without naming the author; in response to a query from one of the commenters there, Geller confirmed that she was deliberately hiding the author’s identity so that he would not be investigated and prosecuted. After the recent massacre in Norway, Geller quietly edited her article in order to remove the email’s explicit references to weapons, ammunition and equipment; unfortunately for Geller, her actions have been noticed by multiple readers and the original unedited version of the article had already been cached elsewhere. (More details, including relevant URL links, can be found here).

Therefore, this has the following possible implications:

1. Pamela Geller had personally been in contact with Anders Breivik and even promoted his email on her own website, but she deliberately hid his identity in order to protect him (and did not report him to the authorities) despite being aware of Breivik’s extremely violent rhetoric and the fact that he was stockpiling weapons & ammunition;

2. Alternatively, Geller was not emailed by Breivik himself but there is currently another violent Norwegian out there with aims and attitudes which are disturbingly similar to those of Breivik, and whose identity Geller is deliberately hiding.

The original email to Geller

The original unedited version of the aforementioned email sent to Pamela Geller by the unnamed Norwegian is displayed below. (The screenshot highlights the incriminating remarks which Geller has recently removed). You can also see screenshots of both the original version and Geller’s recently edited version here. Readers will notice that the author of the email sounds strikingly similar to Anders Breivik.

Considering the implications, presumably this matter should be formally investigated by the FBI along with the relevant authorities in Norway.

Incidentally, it is also worth noting that Geller and Spencer’s website for SIOA has suddenly been completely wiped of all content, including all the articles. All that now remains is the homepage displaying the organisation’s name.

Geller’s public response to the terrorist attacks in Norway

Pamela Geller, who spoke at a rally in Norway in 2009 and has published a string of articles attacking Norwegian Muslims, has publicly responded to the recent massacre of children by echoing some of Anders Breivik’s rhetoric; she has derisively described the island camp as a “youth indoctrination centre” and a “Communist/Socialist playground” with a “pro-Islamic agenda”, and has claimed that the children killed would have grown up to become “future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims”. Geller even blames Muslims for Breivik’s terrorist attacks.

Furthermore, Geller has made disturbing remarks about the now-famous group photo of the children (taken a day before the tragedy) by pointedly adding the caption “Note the faces which are more Middle Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian”, although she subsequently removed her comment from her website after it was widely publicised. And to make matters even worse, due to their connections to Breivik and the resulting backlash, Geller and Robert Spencer are currently soliciting financial donations to protect them from what they claim is a “liberal witch-hunt” against them.

Geller’s connections to the EDL

Pamela Geller also has connections to the English Defence League, the anti-Muslim organisation which was cited by Anders Breivik more than any other group in his manifesto. (Breivik’s own connections to the EDL were recently discussed on Pickled Politics here). Geller has been a vocal supporter of the EDL – in fact, she is on record as stating that she “shares the EDL’s goals” — and she has direct links to EDL financier Alan Lake, recently confirmed as the author of a Breivik-style “Final Solution” blueprint targeting Britain’s entire Muslim population and anyone perceived to be sympathetic towards them, including death threats against British PM David Cameron.

Alan Lake played a pivotal role in facilitating the EDL’s transatlantic alliance with Geller, and is affiliated with multiple extreme Far-Right groups and Christian fundamentalist organisations on an international scale in order to further the EDL’s agenda. Along with a number of other EDL members, Lake even personally attended a demonstration in New York against the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” which Geller had organised in September 2010; EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka “Tommy Robinson”) also tried to attend Geller’s rally, but the American authorities prevented him from doing so.


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  1. Sarah AB — on 8th August, 2011 at 8:38 am  

    It’s a significant story of course even if the writer isn’t Breivik – but the writer seems more of a committed, rather millenarian, Christian than Breivik – I know he used some rather Crusader style rhetoric, but that seems to have been more a cultural than a religious thing.

  2. jamal — on 8th August, 2011 at 12:50 pm  

    The islamaphobes like gellar are hiding and under scrutiny from media and politicians about time to. Great to see them finally being put on the spot about the hatred they spew.

    It’s a real shame it took the death of so many teenager’s in norway, for some political pressure and hopefully some action to being taken against these hate merchants.

  3. persephone — on 8th August, 2011 at 10:54 pm  

    “but the writer seems more of a committed, rather millenarian, Christian than Breivik – I know he used some rather Crusader style rhetoric, but that seems to have been more a cultural than a religious thing.”

    None of this makes me feel as if its ok for Gellar to select and publish this email on her blog. And good news too in the other OP that Norway are to actively recognise the threat of far right terrorism.

  4. Don — on 9th August, 2011 at 2:21 am  

    I agree with Sarah that this doesn’t sound like the bastard in question. But Geller has a case to answer. And deleting is stupid, once you have said it on-line it’s there. Deleting just highlights the issue.

    How would this blog react to a commentor who declared tht they were stockpiling for an action? By being protective? I think not.

  5. Sarah AB — on 9th August, 2011 at 6:47 am  

    Yes of course Persephone – any normal blogger would be very perturbed by such an email, as Don says.

  6. KB Player — on 9th August, 2011 at 11:37 am  

    What an irresponsible weirdo Gellar is. In fact, what an evil piece of work.

    I can imagine getting that email and dismissing it as the ravings of a fantasist, in which case you wouldn’t publish it as anything but the ravings of a fantasist, not as some kind of evidence of what’s going on in Norway. If you did take it seriously as evidence you’d inform some authority to look into this, supplying IP addresses and so on.

  7. KB Player — on 9th August, 2011 at 11:56 am  

    I mean, imagine what Gellar and her ilk would be saying about a jihadist-sympathising site that was publishing emails from guys saying they were stocking up with suicide belts.

  8. Jai (Update) — on 9th August, 2011 at 12:25 pm  

    UPDATE 1: I’ve added another URL link at the end of the second paragraph, for a relevant article on the website The American Muslim cataloguing examples of Geller and Robert Spencer’s anti-Muslim propaganda.

    UPDATE 2: The website for Geller and Spencer’s organisation SIOA (“Stop Islamization of America”) has suddenly been completely wiped of all content, apart from a homepage displaying the organisation’s name. I’ve added a URL link to a relevant article beneath the screenshot of the aforementioned incriminating email; the article also lists examples of incidents where Geller and Spencer have removed evidence of their statements and/or actions.

  9. douglas clark — on 9th August, 2011 at 7:45 pm  

    Jai,

    This site has deleted far less worrying posts than that as a matter of routine. To glorify that sort of shit makes Ms Geller a really weird person who I am glad is a big deep ocean away. I hope she stays over there and the Home Secretary disallows her entry to the UK.

    Not saying it’s all down to you, but exposing folk like Geller is a public good. Keep it up!

  10. 34 — on 13th August, 2011 at 2:28 pm  

    @Sarah AB: Do you even know who the Knights Templar were???

    They were the inspiration for the KKK – a Christian Group.

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