Why The Mistreatment? Essay

559 words - 3 pages

Kristina Wingfield
November 23, 2012
Soc1010
Article Review #2
“Why The Mistreatment?”
In this article self-confessed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik describes his prison conditions as “degrading and deplorable.” The 33-year-old right-wing fanatic killed 77 people in twin attacks last year in Norway's worst peacetime massacre to date. He detonated a car bomb outside government offices in Oslo killing eight people and then drove to the island of Utoya where he massacred 69 more people in a shooting spree at the youth summer camp. Obviously a large amount of victims were children. He proclaims himself an anti-Muslim militant and expresses no guilt. According to the police, no affiliations to any such group have been discovered.
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October 15th 2012 Breivik wrote a 27-page letter addressed to prison officials saying he felt as if he was in a “mini Abu-Gharib.” He claims there is only so much he can take. He accused prison officials of trying to provoke him to commit suicide. He says being watched while he brushes his teeth and shaves gives him an unfair sense of being rushed, and believes prison officials giving him only a rubber “stab-free” pen to write with is an outrage. He goes on to cite other examples of the cruel mistreatment he is enduring such as not being able to mop his cell when he’d like or being watched as he swallows his vitamins.
Brievik claims his horrible conditions are out of vengefulness of his actions by prison officials. These unjust are said to be standard prison protocols. It is clear to see in this case a separation of reality or shame by Brievik. He finds no mistreatment in the way he slayed 77 people and ended their lives, yet expects better treatment than other inmates. With taking his lack of guilt in the murders and reasoning for action into accountability, the separation from right and wrong and consequences is clear there is a mental disconnect. As we discussed in class your reality is only what you perceive it to be. Anders Behring Breivik seems to perceive a victim mentality when he is in fact the criminal. You could only say the regulations at the prison were unfair if you felt you should not be penalized in the first place. His perception of the events and the general publics are very different creating two different realities. I say put a needle in his arm.

Gronnevet, J. (n.d.). Norway mass killer criticizes prison conditions - Yahoo! News. Yahoo! News - Latest News & Headlines. Retrieved November 24, 2012, from http://news.yahoo.com/norway-mass-killer-criticizes-prison-conditions-174136432.html

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