Al-Qaeda sympathizer arrested in Norway before Obama visit.

Police Security Service (PST) have arrested two people due to suspected violations of the Arms Act. Oslo police assisted in the arrest.

This information has come forward in connection with a investigation with PST, PST reports on their websites.

Together with information from previous criminal cases and the actual security situation in Oslo this week, the PST found it appropriate to apprehend these two at this time, said PST. 

Attorney John Christian Elden confirms that Arfan Bhatti is one of the two arrested.

Arfan Bhatti was in 2006 accused of having planned a terrorist act. He was later acquitted of this.
http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arfan_Qadeer_Bhatti

Bhatti was arrested at 17 o’clock today. It was not made any seizures or new discoveries in connection with the arrest. It is solely a question of  risk elimination before the Obama visit. “Bhatti was prepared for the arrest”said John Christian Elden.

Elden says Bhatti asked for permission to leave Oslo at the Obama-visit. But he was not, according to the lawyer, allowed to by the security police.

Norwegian police on guard duty outside Obama's Hotel Grand in Oslo, Norway.

Norwegian police on guard duty outside Obama's Hotel Grand in Oslo, Norway.

The other arrested shall, according to police, a 31 year old acquaintance of Bhatti. The two accused will for now be held in police custody.

Not familiar with the Nobel-threats.
PST is not aware of there being any concrete threats to the peace prize ceremony, or events in connection with the deal.

Information manager Martin Bernsen in PST would not say anything to further if the case is connected with other matters. He confirmed that the Oslo police assisted by the arrest.

Bersen adds that the PST currently not want to comment beyond what’s in the press release.
Neither the Oslo Police wants to comment on the matter.
The Justice Department would not comment on the arrests tonight, they refer to the PST.

Police attorney Thomas Blom in PST has prepared the preliminary charges against Bhatti and his friend. Blom has also led the investigation of the so-called terror case against Bhatti.

Barack Obama is coming to Norway on Thursday morning to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The security system around Obama and the events he will attend, is enormous.

Formally, it is the police in Norway which is responsible for the president’s security as long as he is in Norway. They receive assistance from the military and the U.S. Secret Service, where a vanguard is already in Oslo to be here until 11th December. They have also obtained assistance from the Swedish and Danish police on the equipment side.

Taken from NRK, translated by Google translate

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Norwegians left humiliated – World in shock! It’s Nobel Peace Prize 2009

The reactions to the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Barack Obama were what you would expect.


President Obama in conversations
Norwegians have been left feeling humiliated by the incompetance and disrespect of the ideals of Alfred Nobel’s will as managed by the Nobel Peace committee, and the tarnished reputation left by their decisions. Not the first time, but it’s been a while since the politics and incompetance was this obvious even to the dumbest person in the room.

In a matter of hours, Norway has become the target of a lot of well placed jokes about it’s perception of reality. However, for the time being, it appears that the majority of Norwegians joins in on the criticism of the committee.

Here are some of the reactions to the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize from around the world:
– “If Obama deserves the Noble Peace Prize then so does every Miss America contestant who babbles about world peace.”

– “The title is worth nothing, because Obama took office less than 10 days before the Feb. 1 deadline for Nobel Prize nominations.”

– “I have only heard his speech [in Cairo]. I have seen nothing apart from that, just promises. I don’t think it’s enough, yet. But if he completes the withdrawal of the Americans and we completely get rid of their presence in the Middle East, then all Iraqis will thank Obama and trust America again. Then he will deserve not only the Nobel prize, but every other peace accolade the world has to offer. If he really wants to work for peace, tell him to continue working for it in Iraq.”

– “Yes. He’s Got the Prize. Now he should earn it.”

– “I bet Kim Jong Il is shaking with jealous rage in his platform shoes. He hasn’t bombed anyone and he didn’t get a look in.”

– “I wonder what the 6 children killed in a NATO attack in Afghanistan last week has to say about this? Oh wait… They can’t. Cause they’ve been bombed by the peace effort!”

– “The Nobel Prize just won the award for best overall award.”

– “I think they should give Obama a Grammy too.”

– “I think they should give Obama an Oscar too.”

– “If you listen real hard you can hear the moon crying today.”

– “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace… 
…I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.  And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.” – US President Barack Obama

Thorbjørn Jagland of the Nobel committee said something too, and we WILL post his comments too, as soon as we can find anyone that understands his English.

Will this award tie Obama to his goals and aspirations and strengthen his efforts and belief, or will it become a burden on him and for him?
Did Obama deserve it? Should he accept it? Will he change his mind?
Vote here

People are already asking themselves who will be awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
The odds seem heavily in favour of the Nobel Committee itself. But, if you think this is a new and original joke, Norwegians have already cracked jokes about this for more than 30 years, ever since Knut Aunbu and Johnny Bergh wrote the comedy “To Norway, Home of Giants” in 1979.

(Fast forward to 7:42 in Part 2, if you only want to watch the Nobel Peace Committee sketch.)

What now?
Just like every year, Geir Lundestad of the Nobel committee, one of the most arrogant and self-righteous people in Norway will tell Norwegians how stupid they are, and how none of them have his high intellectual capacity required to understand any of this.
Torbjørn Jageland meanwhile will try to learn to speak English in the 2 months before the Norwegian Oscars. (Good luck. You will need it! Really, really need it!)

The establishment will sleep peacefully tonight.
See you at the establishment awards (Great! There blows the whole Oslo Police budget for 2009 and then some).

PS. Should anyone be interested in peace matters (this issue seems to have been overshadowed by all the political nonsense and personal opportunism), global military expenditure for 2008  was 1,470,000,000,000 USD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

 

Peace to all!