Cruel and unusual -- and that's the prisoner, not the punishment

In 2012 I wrote a column about Anders Breivik, the Norwegian now serving a 21-year prison sentence for killing 77 people, most of them teenagers, in a bombing and a gun massacre in 2011.

Mass murderer Anders Breivik makes a salute after arriving in the courtroom at a courthouse in Oslo, Norway.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mass murderer Anders Breivik makes a salute after arriving in the courtroom at a courthouse in Oslo, Norway.

His accommodations at the Ila Detention and Security Prison near Oslo are better than a lot of college dorm rooms I’ve seen. He’s got a three-room suite – a bedroom, a study with a desk and a room with exercise equipment. He has a video game system. He is paid a weekly allowance of 300 kroner ($49).

And he’s not going to take it anymore.

“You’ve put me in hell ... and I won’t manage to survive that long. You are killing me,” Breivik wrote to prison authorities last November. He’s threatening a hunger strike.

YOU BETTER believe he has a list of demands. If you choose to read further, I suggest you play some sad violin music in the background to properly set the mood:

• The chair in his suite is “painful.” He requests either a sofa or an armchair.

• His Sony PlayStation 2 console simply won’t do. He requests a PlayStation 3, with a broader choice of more “adult” games he can play.

• He doesn’t like his “worthless typewriter with technology dating back to 1873.” He requests a computer with Internet access.

• Prison officials monitor and censor all his mail, incoming and outgoing, which he says restricts and slows his contact with the outside.

• He wants his allowance doubled – mainly to pay for postage for the reams of correspondence he’s churning out on his “worthless typewriter.”

Before I go on, I probably should provide details on why Breivik is in jail.

First, he’s a racist – not a jailable offense, but it does place him beneath contempt right off the bat. It’s that racism that fueled nine years’ worth of preparation for his mass slayings.

On July 22, 2011, he bombed government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people. Then he traveled to Utøya island, the site of a Norwegian Labour Party youth camp. Posing as a police officer to be admitted on the island, he started his 69 executions within minutes.

Because the young campers were, in Breivik’s words, “young people who worked to actively uphold multicultural values,” he considered them “legitimate targets.”

SO HE STARTED killing. He killed them as they fled. He killed them as they dropped to their knees, pleading for their lives. He killed them as they were lying on the ground, playing dead and hoping they would be spared. He killed them as they tried to swim away from the island. One teen drowned trying to escape. Another teen fell off a cliff while trying to run.

That should give you an idea of how accommodating and reasonable he is.

Now, after perpetrating one of the most merciless mass murders in modern times, Breivik wants mercy from his jailers.

Oh, and a new video game. Maybe Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. That’s the video game he credits with helping him improve his shooting skills.

Part of prison’s role is to rehabilitate. Does he sound like he’s anywhere close to rehabilitation? All he’s doing is using every available resource to churn out screeds to spread his sick, toxic views to the public.

Here’s what you do, Norway. Cut Breivik’s three rooms down to one. Cut his allowance to, say, zero. Give him an even older typewriter. Swap out his “painful” chair for a stool.

And instead of video games, just give him a television. It will have one channel – showing a nonstop video slideshow of all his victims, narrated by the grieving family members. Oh, the TV’s off button is broken? Whoops.

Authorities are expected to render a decision by the time this column is published. I won’t say Breivik deserves outright torture.

But the victims’ families don’t deserve the gross insult of seeing their loved ones’ coddled killer whining about the supposedly poor quality of his new lodgings.

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myfather15
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myfather15 02/23/14 - 07:43 am
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"Part of prison’s role is to

"Part of prison’s role is to rehabilitate. Does he sound like he’s anywhere close to rehabilitation?"

This is a main part of the problem!! In the liberal world we now live in, we've moved away from punishment to "treatment" or "rehabilitation".

But rehabilitation comes from WITHIN ones self!! If they don't WANT to change, they never will!! But I believe change is for thieves, frauds, and other lesser crimes.

Once you're a MURDERER, and especially a MASS MURDERER, you've gone to far for change!! Maybe change of heart, but that is between you and God!! What is the purpose of rehabilitating them? Should he really be released back into the public? Do you EVER believe they will let him back out into society? Probably, since he only got a 21 year sentence for killing 77 people; that is absolutely absurd!!

Instead of allowing him to sit around, complaining about his conditions; AFTER killing 77 people, they should have gave him the needle and never heard from him again!!! When it's perfectly CLEAR the person is guilty, served justice swiftly!! This man is a pathetic waste of space!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/23/14 - 08:58 am
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The Nordic Countries are so much more advanced than USA.
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The Nordic Countries are so much more advanced than USA.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/23/14 - 08:59 am
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Religion and church is just a part of "history", not faith. They
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believe and worship the STATE.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/23/14 - 09:00 am
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The STATE has become their god. Social Justice their bible.
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The STATE has become their god. Social Justice their bible.

SimpleGirl
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SimpleGirl 02/23/14 - 10:39 am
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Prison's role should be nothing more than punishment

Bad people do bad things because they know they won't have to pay for what they've done. Why is it that we must continue paying for prisoners to have a roof over their heads, food to eat, air to breathe and medical treatment? Shouldn't they have to suffer for what they've done or pay back to society in some way? Until the laws are changed, crime will only increase. There are people that have been in prison for decades.....why? Why aren't they the ones being used for dental and medical experiments instead of our animals? That would be only one way they could pay back to society. Those on death row, those who kill innocent human beings are allowed to live? Those who kidnap, molest/rape and kill children are allowed to live! Wonder how much money has been spent to "take care" of Charles Manson? Goodness, it's apparent the man couldn't be rehabilitated but yet allowed to live and pay back nothing? Some may say this sounds inhumane but I'm not so forgiving for those who kill others or cause harm for no reason and I'm not one for taking from others what doesn't belong to you. It's gotten to where some think they are entitled to do so. If criminals in our country were punished more severly, I believe the crime rate would go down. Some may think twice about killing someone if they knew their punishment would be to have their hands cut off!!!!! It's time there was a change in our punishment laws, crime is rampant and growing. Why? Because those committing crimes know it doesn't cost much. What has happened to our country?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/23/14 - 02:46 pm
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I'm wondering, who cares what

I'm wondering, who cares what Norway does in its prisons?

Considering the shape of American prisons, I don't think any American has the right to point fingers at any other country.

People that commit mass murders are absolutely, no-holds-barred crazy. OF COURSE their demands are absurd. OF COURSE they want unreasonable things. They are crazy, and they will never, ever change.

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jimmymac 02/23/14 - 03:20 pm
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JUCTICE
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The judicial system has been infiltrated by 60s liberal wacko's who are at odds with the very laws they're sworn to enforce. They arbitrarily dole out sentences without taking into account the damaged the perp has wrought on the victim. Judges and prosecutors are part in parcel with why we have so much recidivism in our prisons. We need a three strikes law that forces mandatory sentencing of life after three felonies. Look at the liberal judge in Wyoming that gave a child rapist a 30 day sentence. He should have been tarred and feathered and the system if rife with other liberals like him.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/23/14 - 08:20 pm
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Well, actually...

this twisted particle of human protoplasm is not likely crazy. He's simply and completely evil. And totally banal.

Darby
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Darby 02/25/14 - 07:24 pm
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Maybe we could persuade Norway to allow

Sheriff Joe from Arizona to design his cell, his living arrangements and program his daily schedule.

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