|From 'The Daily Mail' (July 2011)|
Anders Breivik has already confessed to killing 77 people and to trying to kill hundreds more. However, facing the possibility of being judged insane and locked away in a secure hospital for the rest of his life, Breivik has, so far, been allowed to claim in court that:
- he is not guilty of terrorist offences.
- he is a one-man cell, and one of nine founder-members, of an international Order of neo-Templar Knights who are defending Christendom from Islamic invasion.
- he is, and was, perfectly sane.
- the team of Norwegian forensic psychiatrists who (after months of observation) diagnosed him as being a paranoid schizophrenic, were acting under the influence of the Norwegian government, and/or were in shock, and/or lacked experience.
- the same psychiatrists compiled a fake report designed to make him seem crazy and of little intelligence.
- he deliberately trained himself to suppress his emotions in order to commit barbaric acts which, under normal circumstances, he would have found repulsive.
- the young people whom he executed had all been brainwashed.
- he was obliged to commit these acts to prevent even greater crimes.
- he was motivated by his political views and his thoughts, and behaviour, were, therefore, logical, conscious and legitimate.
- had the same barbaric acts been committed by Islamic extremists, there would have been absolutely no consideration of the perpetrators' sanity and, therefore, he is the victim of a racist plot.
- since 1945, numerous Norwegians have been committed to psychiatric hospitals for ideological reasons.
At the heart of Breivik's trial is the question of whether he is, or was, able to judge the difference between right and wrong. Two, apparently conflicting, psychological reports (compiled by forensic psychiatrists) say that he is either suffering from paranoid schizophrenia (and, therefore, according to medical textbooks, psychotic), or suffering from severe and inflexible Narcissistic Personality Disorder (and, therefore, according to medical textbooks, not psychotic). The authors of the first report noted that, at various times, Breivik spoke of his intention to die in defence of Christendom, whilst at other times he spoke of his intentions to be named as the 'Regent of Norway' and to set up racially-pure, human breeding colonies. Self-evidently, no matter what puerile drivel he spouts, Breivik's behaviour has proved that he is, and was, living in a paranoid delusion of his own absolute moral and intellectual authority fundamental to the maintenance of his self-esteem/identity and related psychological function. He has rejected traditional morality and placed himself above the rule of law. Thus, Breivik now steadfastly pretends to be absolutely righteous even though all the quantifiable evidence proves him to be downright evil.
|Anders Breivik a.k.a. 'Kight Templar Sigurd'|
Chizuo Matsumoto (b; 1955) a.k.a 'Shoko Asahara' ('The Great Enlightened One')
In this important work, Lifton describes how an apparently absurd, convicted pseudo-scientific/medical charlatan, Chizuo Matsumoto (who pretended he could fly) was allowed (by the Japanese authorities) to instigate a pernicious cult dissimulated as a 'New Religious Movement,' which he labelled 'Aum Shinrikyo' ('Aum Supreme Truth').
Afflicted by glaucoma, Matsumoto (who came from a background of poverty), spent much of his young life in an institution for blind children. He was, by all accounts, a good student, but, because he was big for his age and not totally blind, he also acquired a reputation as a bully and a playground racketeer. He later trained as a masseur and acupuncturist, often angrily claiming he'd been rejected by medical school due to his handicap. Matsumoto's first brush with the law resulted in him being convicted of assault and fined. He then moved to Tokyo and married into money. In 1978, Matsumoto (aged 23) bought, and began running, a traditional Chinese pharmacy. In 1981, he was convicted of a fraud involving the re-labelling of a proprietary alcohol which he peddled at more than 1000% mark-up to elderly and confused persons, as a miraculous cure. In 1984, Matsumoto (the Japanese equivalent of Smith) legally changed his name to 'Shoko Asahara' ('The Great Enlightened One'). From a Tokyo bed-sitting room he then ran what he called the 'Aum Club' for 'Yoga and Meditation.' This type of benign, stress-relieving activity was already a craze amongst the bright and beautiful in Tokyo, and Matsumoto, who tailored his story to reflect the spirit of the times, attracted many graduates from elite universities. However, as a result of what was essentially a deception, Matsumoto began to subject his clients to co-ordinated devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion, without their fully-informed consent.
Although it seems too ridiculous to be true, Matsumoto's acquired a reputation for being able to 'levitate' and to be able to teach others to 'levitate.' This chapter of his fairytale was largely-built on the dubious foundation of photos featured in the popular media, along with the testimonies of doctors, scientists, etc. The 'Blind, Yogic-Flying Guru, Shoko Asahara,' soon became a celebrity, and 'Aum Club membership' spread like a virus.
In 1989, Matsumoto (aged 34) succeeded in registering his expanding, criminal enterprise as 'religious.' Unfortunately, the Japanese Constitution (which was drawn-up by American lawyers in the aftermath of WWII under the direction of General MacArthur) guarantees religious freedom, but, exactly like the US Constitution (upon which it is based), makes no common-sense attempt to explain in accurate deconstructed terms what exactly constitutes a 'religion.'
Whilst steadfastly pretending absolute moral and intellectual authority, Matsumoto then pursued various clandestine criminal objectives (fraudulent, sexual and violent). He was particularly active in the extortion of money and property from the elderly whom he now could gain confidential information about, and access to, via their younger relatives who were his deployable agents. Although Matsumoto undoubtedly set off as a severe and inflexible narcissist, within a few short years, he became a multi-millionaire, megalomaniacal psychopath controlling a brutal totalitarian state in microcosm (which he claimed to comprise 9000 persons in Japan and 40 000 mainly in Russia) fronted by an international labyrinth of reality-inverting, legally-registered corporate structures, including: 'publishing and IT companies,' 'medical charities,' a 'political party', a 'radio station' and even a 'chain of restaurants.' The unconditional deference of his deluded core-adherents only served to confirm, and magnify, his own paranoid delusions. Eventually, acting under the frighteningly-familiar, self-gratifying belief that he was a righteous superhuman struggling to enlighten the world and save it from a force of absolute evil, Matsumoto, began to hatch a meticulous plot to usurp power in Japan and trigger WWIII. This involved directing his most fanatical followers to procure, and/or assemble, war materials and to silence anyone who represented a threat to his monopoly of information.
After failing to acquire a nuclear device in post-'Soviet' Russia, Matsumoto's agents bought a secondhand Mil Mi-17 military helicopter as well as machinery to manufacture AK74 fully-automatic assault rifles and ammunition. These weapons were brought into Japan by a front-company controlled by the leader of 'Aum.' The crates were apparently labelled 'machine tools & agricultural equipment.' It is interesting to note that these banal descriptions were not entirely false, but they weren't entirely true. Matsumoto's agents also acquired chemicals and laboratory equipment to manufacture 'Sarin' and 'VX' nerve-gas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VX_(nerve_agent). Reminiscent of a 'James Bond' movie, Matsumoto planned to use his helicopter to wipe out the entire population of Tokyo (including the Japanese government and Imperial family) by spraying liquid nerve agent from the air at low-level, but then lay the blame for the barbaric attack on an International conspiracy involving Zionists, the US military, the British Royal family, etc. Matsumoto imagined that, in the ensuing confusion, he could step forward in his Messianic role of 'The Great Enlightened One' and, thus, he would be universally accepted as the new, Divine ruler of Japan.
As the initial steps in creating his big lie, the would-be 'Emperor' decided to try out his weapon of mass-destruction. At the end of 1993, 29 sheep were killed by nerve gas on a remote property in Western Australia. Then, in what has become known as the 'Matsumoto Incident,' 8 people were killed by a release of nerve gas, and over 200 harmed, in the Japanese city of Matsumoto, Nagano, June 1994. This is widely-claimed to be the first use of chemical weapons in a terrorist attack on civilians, in history. The Japanese police were baffled, and investigations focused only on an innocent local resident. Meanwhile, Matsumoto had discovered that, in the open air, his gas had quickly dispersed, so it was decided to try smaller-scale co-ordinated attacks in the confined space of the Tokyo Subway (the busiest in the world in the largest city in the world). 'Aum' adherents pumped liquid Sarin into plastic bags, and wrapped these with newspapers. Five 'Aum' adherents, including a heart surgeon and three physicists, carried the banal-looking packages on the subway . Each one boarded a different train and punctured his package with the sharpened point of an umbrella, just before disembarking. The liquid Sarin soaked through the newspaper, slowly transforming back into gas. The Sarin passed through its victims' skin, first causing breathing difficulties, then loss of muscle control and finally seizures. The gas also caused blindness. Thus, Matsumoto really imagined that in the land of the blind, a one-eyed man would be King . These further 'tests' proved more successful, killing 13 people and harming more than 5000, March 1995. Today, there are still many people suffering physically, and psychologically, from these crimes.