To ensure uninterrupted reading, please contact Rachel Mines, sales director, at rachel. I have just finished reading through what appears to be the 1,page manifesto and handbook of the perpetrator of the worst terrorist attack in Norwegian history. The manifesto, bylined by someone calling himself Andrew Berwick, is entitled " A European Declaration of Independence" and was posted on Stormfront. In it, "Berwick" declares himself a "Justiciar Knight Commander," a leading member of a "re-founded" Knights Templar group formed at an April meeting in London. He claims the founding group has 9 members, whom he does not name, and that three other sympathizers were not able to attend the original meeting.
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At a secret location in London in April , nine far-right extremists gathered together to form "The Knights Templar Europe", a small pan-European group which pledged to seize political power and drive Islam from the continent. Nine years later, one of those at the meeting caused the sort of carnage the group had discussed as being an essential part of their campaign; the bombing and shooting rampage that killed at least 76 people in Norway on Friday.
At least that is the version of events recorded in the 1,page manifesto penned by Anders Behring Breivik, the man who has admitted to carrying out the attacks. Security services across Europe are trying to figure out whether he really was part of a wider, right-wing organisation plotting atrocities, or a "lone wolf" fantasist. Experts say there is no evidence to suggest the Knights Templar Europe exist or actually met in London, but warn it would be wrong to discount it entirely.
In his manifesto " A European Declaration of Independence", Breivik says the Knights Templar, a monastic military order formed in the early 12th century by veterans of the First Crusade which captured Jerusalem, were re-founded to fight against the "ongoing European Jihad".
Breivik claims the meeting was hosted by an "English Protestant" with attendees from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia, Serbia, and another member from England. Members from Sweden, Belgium and a "European-American" were unable to attend. Breivik's lawyer said on Tuesday his client was probably insane and Mr Feldman said that, while it was unclear if the London meeting ever happened, Breivik's talk of other cells in Norway and abroad should be investigated.
London's Metropolitan Police, which monitors extremism in Britain, is helping investigate the Norway attacks. The UK's Home Office said it had no record of Breivik's movements, and security services in Belgium, Sweden and other countries named by Breivik said they were running checks, though had found no evidence of links to the Norwegian thus far.
Breivik's own manifesto hints fellow members may have got cold feet. If Breivik's organisation did exist, Britain would appear a strong candidate for its base - Breivik cites the meeting in London and makes repeated references to the English Defence League EDL , a populist right-wing anti-Islamist group. The EDL, which says it is non-racist, has staged many protests across the country, many of which have ended in violent confrontations with opponents.
The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight said Breivik exchanged messages with the EDL in the last few months using the name Sigurd Jorsalfare, a reference to the 12th century King of Norway who led one of the Crusades. In a statement on its website the EDL denied any official connection and said Breivik's own manifesto had criticised them. Senior British police officers have said far-right movements are on the increase but lack the organised structures of other groups and tend to be "lone wolves".
It tends to be the concept of the 'lone wolf'," John Yates, until last week Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, told lawmakers in Mr Feldman said even the lone wolves tend to come from a community or have supporters who shared the same ideology, if not their violent intent. News Home. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Watch Duration: 1 minute 50 seconds 1 m 50 s. Posted 26 Jul July , updated 27 Jul July Knights Templar.
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At a secret location in London in April , nine far-right extremists gathered together to form "The Knights Templar Europe", a small pan-European group which pledged to seize political power and drive Islam from the continent. Nine years later, one of those at the meeting caused the sort of carnage the group had discussed as being an essential part of their campaign; the bombing and shooting rampage that killed at least 76 people in Norway on Friday. At least that is the version of events recorded in the 1,page manifesto penned by Anders Behring Breivik, the man who has admitted to carrying out the attacks. Security services across Europe are trying to figure out whether he really was part of a wider, right-wing organisation plotting atrocities, or a "lone wolf" fantasist. Experts say there is no evidence to suggest the Knights Templar Europe exist or actually met in London, but warn it would be wrong to discount it entirely.
The Anti-Islamist: Anders Behring Breivik’s Manifesto
By Raf Sanchez. The Templar were founded around and swore to protect Christian pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. From its two founders, Hugues de Payens and Godfrey de Saint-Omer, the order grew rapidly and soon came to be seen as among the most skilled of the European forces struggling to reclaim Jerusalem from the Arabs. The Templar were instantly recognisable from the blood red crosses that adorned their white tunics, a symbol Breivik adopted and put on the front page of his " A European Declaration of Independence". The cross also appears on several of the apparently home-made uniforms he was pictured in on his Facebook page.
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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik describes himself as a member of a neomedieval, underground paramilitary group known as the Knights Templar. On 22 July , at p. The explosion killed eight and wounded over people.
What did the Oslo killer want?
By Dr. This week, the trial began in Oslo of Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik no doubt hopes to use the trial to further publicise his cause. But it may also prove an opportunity for a closer examination of his views on multiculturalism and Islam, which are shared by many, both on the far-Right fringe and in the political mainstream. Much of the document consists of advice to fellow far-Right terrorists on weapons, bomb-making, body armour, physical training and the potential use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.