Today, Bruce Bawer, an American novelist and scholar living in Norway, praised The Legal Project at the Middle East Forum for its assistance in the lawfare attack targeting him stemming from the trial of Norwegian killer Anders Breivik. "Thanks to help from The Legal Project," Bawer said, "an activity of Daniel Pipes's Middle East Forum, I had been able to retain a lawyer, who, at my request, sent a splendid letter to the defense in which he spelled out the legal absurdity of my reclassification as a 'regular witness.' Thanks, apparently, to that letter, my name was dropped from the witness list."
Mr. Bawer was under a lawfare assault stemming from the Anders Breivik murder trial. Breivik is a Norwegian accused mass murderer, terrorist and the confessed perpetrator of the 2011 attacks in Norway. On 22 July 2011, Breivik bombed the government buildings in Oslo, which resulted in eight deaths. He then carried out a mass shooting at a camp of the Norwegian Labour Party where he killed 69 people, mostly teenagers. He is currently being tried for his attacks solely to determine if he should considered sane – and therefore incarcerated in prison – or insane – and therefore incarcerated in a mental hospital. Under a faulty reading of Norwegian law, Mr. Bawer was originally being ordered to testify, as an expert witness, by the Breivik defense to demonstrate that Breivik is not alone in taking a skeptical view of multiculturalism, of Islam, and of mass Muslim immigration which could have resulted in Breivik being ruled as sane.