But then they dismissed their own concerns, according to Niclas Rolander of the Wall Street Journal:
Ahead of Friday’s terror attacks in Norway, Norwegian police intelligence had warned of rising activity in far-right and anti-Muslim extremist groups, but didn’t view it as a major threat to Norway.
The man charged in the attacks, which killed at least 92 people, has been identified in media reports as Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year old with right-wing extremist and anti-Muslim views.
The Norwegian Police Security Service, or PST, in an annual threat assessment published in March, said “a higher degree of activism in groups hostile to Islam may lead to an increased use of violence.”
PST also noted an “increase in the activity of far-right extremist circles in 2010,” and said, “This activity is expected to continue in 2011.”
However, the security service viewed Islamist extremism as a larger threat and concluded that far-right fringe groups or individuals wouldn’t constitute a major threat against Norwegian society.
Anders Behring Breivik was linked to a much wider network of Islamophobes, folks with deep-seated hatred who resort to powerful eliminationist rhetoric designed to inflame thoughts of violence.
While Norway has a history of marginal racist groups, the most famous, Vidkun Quisling’s Nasjonal Samling, directed its hatred at Jews and Freemasons, while Breivik was a Freemason and an outspoken extreme Zionist.