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The surveillance police

SURVEILLANCE / Within the surveillance police, there are approx. 300 people.


Inside surveillanceThe police work there on a national basis approx. 300 people.

In Oslo alone, there are 77 people – with a salary budget of millions of kroner at Victoria Terrasse.

There are 20 surveillance agents working in Bergen. In Drammen 12. In Trondheim eight. In Stavanger five, etc.

Since 1952, the monitoring service in Norway has been led by the monitoring center in Oslo. This is where the archive information is found. This is where the entire business is coordinated. Separate regional centers have been established for the monitoring service in Northern Norway, Trøndelag, Western Norway and Southern Norway. Each district has its responsible chief. For e.g. Vestlandet, this is the former head of the surveillance police, Asbjørn Bryhn.

The surveillance service works in collaboration with the military intelligence service and the security service (which mostly deals with security clearance of personnel in the state administration). A so-called "coordinating committee" has been set up where representatives of the three agencies sit together with an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The monitoring police's activities are "controlled" by a publicly appointed control committee which currently consists of Margit Tøsdahl (NATO supporter), Supreme Court lawyer JC Mellbye (NATO supporter) and Gunnar Hellesen (NATO supporter).

The surveillance police's so-called "Case Archive", which is kept at Victoria Terrace, contains information about approx. 7500 Norwegian citizens!

All "important" information goes to NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The case archive is the special archive for Norway's "internal" enemies – i.e. predominantly people who oppose and disagree with Norwegian foreign policy, e.g. EEC opponents and conscientious objectors.

The archive information is constantly updated, and it is all continuously fed into EDB tapes. Via teleprinter and other means, all "important" information goes to NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Orientering would like to clarify that this information – which we have from reliable sources – neither originates from the representative of the Storting, Arne Kielland, who has read the classified part of Middle town-report, or program secretary Stein Ørnhøi who participated in the design of the television's program about the surveillance service.

"Required Archive"

About the "Case Archive", the Mellbye committee's recommendations say, among other things: "Such an archive is necessary if the monitoring service is to carry out its tasks. The task of monitoring activities that may threaten the state's security is a puzzle that makes it necessary to gather information from many different sources and over a long period of time. If the collected material is to be utilized, it must also be possible to register it for later use.'

Surveillance's second archive – the so-called The security archive – has information on a quarter of a million – 250 – Norwegian women and men. This is a less serious archive – among other things of security-cleared persons within state institutions – for example people who process security-graded documents. The archive contains information about family relationships, organizational relationships, finances, drinking habits, illnesses, sexual tendencies, etc.

In reality, therefore, hundreds of thousands of Norwegian citizens are registered by the surveillance police. Their names, political sympathies, family relationships, etc., are recorded in the archives at Victoria Terrace in the event of an emergency.

And all information that is "important" to NATO is thus received by the defense organization via teleprinter.

We also know that the surveillance police chief, Gunnar Haarstad, twice a year attends meetings in NATO- the headquarters. Deputy chairman of the Storting's defense committee, Paul Thyness, has also stated that he does not find it strange that NATO receives information from the surveillance police.

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