Texas, Houston mentioned in Norway suspect's manifesto

Texas, Houston mentioned in Norway suspect's manifesto

Texas, Houston mentioned in Norway suspect's manifesto

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by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 26, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 27 at 10:23 AM

HOUSTON—The suspect in the massacre in Norway mentions Texas five times in his online manifesto, suggesting that he has traveled to the Lone Star State. 

Anders Breivik remains jailed for the bombing and mass shooting that killed 76 people in Norway. He sees himself as "some kind of savior" and is likely insane, his attorney said Tuesday.

Brejvik’s 1,500-page, rambling attack on "multicultural societies" praises Texas for its number of gender-segregated schools.

In a section where he discusses different types of "sabotage operations" that could "cripple Western European multiculturalist regimes," he cites the accidental explosion at the Phillips Petroleum in Pasadena that killed 23 workers at the plant along the Houston Ship Channel in October 1989.

And when describing his favorite travels Brejvik gives a back-handed complement to Texas. Writing that he "dislikes the superficial aspects of American society," he goes on to say that "the American State I found least superficial was Texas."

The manifesto also mentions CAIR members in Dallas who were found guilty of providing financial help to Hamas. Breivik cites the 2005 case in a paragraph called "Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims."

"I can’t understand this mindless violence of any sorts," said Mustafaa Carroll, the Executive Director of the Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Carroll issued an alert to Houston-area mosques on Tuesday, telling them to be vigilant for anyone who might sympathize with the actions and twisted logic of the Norway attacker.

"This element exists around us," said Carroll. "Even if this hadn’t happened the element still exists." 

"I can’t fathom the logic as to what is this going to accomplish," added Carroll, when asked about the attacks and the manifesto. "It’s just unfathomable. I can’t understand."

Meanwhile, Houstonians continue to leave flowers, gifts and cards at the front gate of the Norwegian Consulate on West Dallas Street. Others stopped to sign a book of condolences on the second floor of the consulate. 

"Different religions should be tolerating one with the other instead of killing each other," said Dr. Nicola Di Ferrante, a long-time Houstonian and Italian immigrant who stopped to sign the book.

Those wishing to sign the book can visit the office of the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies contacted by KHOU 11 News said they are unable to confirm at this time where Breivik might have traveled in Texas or whether he visited here at all.

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