- Posted November 11, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Norwegian minister of Justice resigns.
After a though 4 months, Norway’s minister of Justice have decided to resign. One of the reasons might be the massive criticism after the 22 July terror attacks.
"Norway does not have the physical or technical resources to provide surveillance even for the needs already identified by the Protective Security Service, or PST."
Some of the main criticism, point at there was and is only one police helicopter in the entire country, and if that was not enough, the chopper was grounded during the holidays (and the terror attacks) to save money.
For further information, it’s very useful to look at some WikiLeaks documents from the American embassy in Oslo.
As one can see from these cables, the intelligence service (PST) was completely under scaled to deal with the modern day complexity of threats.
Point is. As the US embassy have spoken up numerous times, both publicly and behind closed doors, stating that Norway is completely lost when it comes to anti-terror and lacking both a legal framework and funding to up security to decent level.
For the common Norwegian, this has never been an issue. But the consequences, the sight of our SWAT-team setting of towards Utoya island in a overcrowded inflatable boat, which started sinking half way.
Though, they eventually were able to get to Utoya island after hijack a civilian boat, still haunts the most of us.
Even though there is only one guilty person in this scenario, one can question if Mr. Storberge somehow is responsible for the clumsy handling, the enormous loss of life throughout this attack?
The answer is both yes and no. As minister of justice, it is his formally responsible to make sure to get that extra dip in to the petroleum fond and to keep at least one operative police chopper available at all times (That is not too much to ask). Second, one needs to be able to make adjustments in legislation's to fit our rapidly changing world. In this respect, he failed.
Now, 11.11.11 PM Stoltenberg has appointed an entire new ministry to replace the old dysfunctional one.
The Ministry of justice and alertness.
Hopefully, this will succeed.