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Norwegian killer visited Malta


Anders Behring Breivik, “A pawn in a game bigger than he can ever imagine…”

Times of Malta | Jul 25, 2011

by Sarah Carabott

Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old man behind the Norwegian massacre that left at least 92 people dead on Friday, claimed Malta was among the countries “he had the privilege to experience”.

Included in his list of 24 countries, mainly northern European states, are a few “exotic” destinations such as Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, China, Mexico, Cyprus and Malta.

It is unclear, however, whether Mr Breivik, described as a far right, Christian fundamentalist, visited Malta as part of his fascination with the knights.

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In a 12-minute YouTube video, “Knights Templar 2083”, which was posted along with a 1,500-page manifesto six hours before the massacre, Mr Breivik recycles the iconography of the crusades into a vision of the future that sees Christians having to fight Muslims once again.

He now faces charges related to the killing of at least 85 young people attending a summer camp organised by the ruling Labour party on Utoeya island and the simultaneous bombing of the government quarter in downtown Oslo which left another seven people dead.

The YouTube video is a rant on the rise of cultural Marxism and Islamic colonisation.

The video includes quotes by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the Norwegian based “Jihadi ideologue” Mullah Krekar, while another shot depicts a bloody profile of a fair-haired girl, captioned: “Has your daughter, sister or girlfriend experienced cultural enrichment by the local Muslim community yet?”

In section three, Hope, a clip reads “Onward, Christian Soldiers! Because in only 14 years, by 2025, a majority of our Western European capitals will be Muslim cities, just as Marseille became majority Muslim in 2010! And in only 39 years, by 2050, this will be the fate of our countries as well! Unless we manage to defeat the ruling Multiculturalist Alliance!”

The video ends with images of knights during battle and a photo of Mr Behring Breivik himself in military uniform decorated with badges of merit including one that looks like a Maltese cross.

On the local far right site vivamalta.org, the Norwegian massacre attracted a lot of criticism.

The group’s leader, Norman Lowell, dismissed the gunman as a “poor patsy Jew lover. He is Zionistically, fanatically anti-Muslim”. He said the whole manifesto was “nauseatingly pro-Israel”.

Asked whether Mr Behring Breivik had made contact with him while in Malta, Imperium Europa’s founder said he had not.

The rest of the group seemed to toe Mr Lowell’s line, describing the man as “a pawn in a game bigger than he can ever imagine,” while others criticised the media for portraying the killer as a Neo-Nazi or a National Socialist.

Meanwhile, the Nationalist Party disassociated itself from a claim within the manifesto which included a list of European organisations and political parties which the author said were anti-immigration or far right.

The list includes Malta’s Nationalist Party, Imperium Europa, Viva Malta and Azzjoni Nazzjonali.

In a statement, the PN said its “position on immigration is clear — people’s life and dignity supersedes any other interest. The PN celebrates diversity in customs, cultures and skin colour and does not punish them.

“The Nationalist government implemented and will continue to implement this in practice especially when faced with situations of human tragedies, of people fleeing terror, wars and famine.”

The Violent videos of Oslo killer’s ‘mentor’

The suspected “mentor” of the Oslo killer Anders Breivik has backed violent videos apparently advocating a “war between Christians and Islamists” and the establishment of “Order 777” it can be disclosed.

Telegraph | Jul 29, 2011

By Duncan Gardham

The Daily Telegraph can reveal further troubling details about the men who have emerged as a possible leading influence on Breivik.

A British blogger called Paul Ray, who uses the name “Lionheart” and his associate Nick Greger, a former German neo-Nazi, have admitted being members of a group that appears to advocate a violent struggle against Muslims.

The group, calling itself Order 777, claims to bring together Christian resistance movements and features a depiction of a Templar Knight with the slogan “The Order 777 Strikes Back!” alongside footage of a variety of armed gangs with the words “factions united.”

The groups include the UFF in Northern Ireland, Serbian nationalists, Liberian and Congolese fighters and members of the neo-fascist AWB in South Africa.

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In one clip Mr Greger is handling a Kalashnikov and in another says: “The war of the future will be a war of the religions.”

Mr Ray has denied that he has had any contact with Breivik but yesterday admitted that his movement appeared to be violent.

“It might seem that way,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “What can I say? It’s pretty clear. People can understand [the videos] however they want to understand them.”

Mr Ray, originally from Luton, Bedfordshire but now living in Malta, said Order 777 was “commanded” by Mr Greger – known as “Nazi Nick” or “Mad Nick” – and he was “aligned with his leadership.”

The Order 777

“It does look quite bad doesn’t it? I can’t say it doesn’t,” he added.

The Daily Telegraph revealed earlier this week that there were striking similarities between Mr Ray and a person called “Richard (the Lionhearted)” who Breivik claimed acted as a mentor and set up a secretive group called the Knights Templar in London in 2002.

Like Mr Ray, Breivik said the man may have been “one of the founders” of the right-wing English Defence League (EDL) and much of the language used in Breivik’s list of principles for the Knights Templar was similar.

Mr Ray later told this newspaper that he could have acted as inspiration for Breivik but denounced his actions.

He added yesterday: “If he had been a follower of mine he would have attacked Muslims not left wingers. He’s just clothed himself in the Templar ideals.”

Mr Ray said he had been “racking my brains about this guy” and that Breivik may have approached him on the Facebook social network site but that he could not be sure.

“He has just taken stuff off the videos and used it for his own gain,” he added.

Mr Ray said he did not become involved in the right-wing anti-Muslim movement until 2006, when he helped found the EDL.

Nevertheless a number of similarities between the “compendium” and the Order 777 videos have begun to emerge.

Breivik said he had attended the founding meeting of the “Knights Templar Europe” in London “after visiting one of the initial facilitators, a Serbian Crusader Commander and war hero, in Monrovia, Liberia.”

Both the “compendium” and the Order 777 videos feature a man called Milorad Ulemek, a former commander of the Red Berets, a unit of the Serbian security Services called the JSO, who was arrested in 2004 and convicted of the assassinations of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic and former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic and of organising the attempted murder of the Serbian opposition leader Vuk Draskovic.

The videos also feature Charles Taylor, the former Liberian dictator now facing war crimes trials, and a girl called “Black Diamond” who fought on the rebel army against Taylor in 2003.

Some of the videos also feature a trance music soundtrack – a kind of music Breivik enjoyed listening to.

It may be that Breivik has altered dates in order to claim association with individuals connected to Order 777 but Scotland Yard’s Domestic Extremism Unit and the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) both refused last night to say whether Breivik visited Britain and Liberia in 2002 as he claims. He admits that he did not start writing his “compendium” until 2006.

George W Bush ‘was projecting calm’ with 9/11 blank look


Bush sits in the classroom staring into space moments after allegedly being told that the United States was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Image still: Lions Gate Films

George W Bush says his blank reaction to the first news of the Sept 11 attacks while US president was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.

telegraph.co.uk | Jul 29, 2011

In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Mr Bush reflected on what was going through his mind when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York’s World Trade Center.

Mr Bush was visiting a Florida classroom at the time, and the incident – which was caught by television cameras – has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently dazed response to the attack

“My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children,” Mr Bush said.

Mr Bush said he could see journalists at the back of the classroom getting the news on their own cellphones “and it was like watching a silent movie.”

Mr Bush said he quickly realised that a lot of people beyond the room would be watching for his reaction.

“So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn’t want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm,” he said of his decision to remain seated and silent.

“I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm,” he added.

The National Geographic Channel will broadcast the hour-long interview as part of a week of programs on the cable network called “Remembering 9/11” that mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

The interview was recorded over two days in May, without any questions being submitted in advance, the channel said.

National Geographic said Mr Bush gave “intimate details” of his thoughts and feelings in a way never seen before.

Most of the interview is about the first minutes and hours of the day that Islamic militants hijacked four planes and crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Executive producer and director Peter Schnall said Mr Bush, who has adopted a low public profile since leaving office in January 2009, brought no notes to the interview.

“What you hear is the personal story of a man who also happened to be our president. Listening to him describe how he grappled with a sense of anger and frustration coupled with his personal mandate to lead our country through this devastating attack was incredibly powerful,” Schnall said.

US television networks are planning a slew of specials to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Breivik’s Knights Templar ‘mentor’ in Malta linked to exiled UDA loyalist Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair

“I am the Norwegian delegate to the founding meeting in London, England and ordinated as the 8th Justiciar Knight for the PCCTS, Knights Templar Europe. I joined the session after visiting one of the initial facilitators, a Serbian Crusader Commander and war hero, in Monrovia, Liberia.

“Certain long term tasks are delegated and I am one of two who are asked to create a compendium based on the information I have acquired from the other founders during our sessions. Our primary objective is to develop PCCTS, Knights Templar into becoming the foremost conservative revolutionary movement in Western Europe the next few decades.

“This in relation to developing a new type of European nationalism referred to as Crusader Nationalism. This new political denomination of nationalism will become the foremost counterweight to National Socialism and other cultural conservative political denominations, on the cultural right wing.

“Everyone is using code names; mine is Sigurd (the Crusader) while my assigned mentor is referred to as Richard (the Lionhearted). I believe Im the youngest one here.”

– Anders Breivik, excerpt from his manifesto


Nick Greger (left) with Johnny Adair

Blogger hosted loyalist and ex-neo Nazi Nick Greger at Malta summit

belfasttelegraph.co.uk | Jul 29, 2011

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has been linked to exiled loyalist chief Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair.

The connection emerged following scrutiny of Breivik’s links to Briton Paul Ray who writes a blog under the name Lionheart.

Ray has denied meeting the Norwegian gunman but admitted that he may have drawn “inspiration” from his writings.

Ray played host to Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair – a former leader of the UDA’s notorious ‘C company’ on Belfast’s Shankill Road – in Malta last February.

He is also friends with Nick Greger, a German known as ‘Nazi Nick’ who describes himself as a “former neo-Nazi leader”.

Adair, Ray and Greger appear together on a YouTube video titled ‘The Gathering’.

The film shows the three men visiting churches around Malta, cut together with footage of loyalist terrorists and Mr Greger with a Kalashnikov.

It has been widely reported that in postings Breivik made on British nationalist websites and in the manifesto released before the attacks he refers to a “mentor”.

Parallels have since been drawn with Ray, who leads an anti-Islam Knights Templar movement, but he strongly denies having anything to do with the attacks.

In his manifesto, the Norwegian guman Breivik claims allegiance to a resurrected version of the Knights Templar, a medieval formation of Christian soldiers who waged brutal battle against Islam. The Oslo killer claims he attended the founding meeting of the ‘Knights Templar Europe’ explaining that he “joined the session after visiting one of the initial facilitators, a Serbian Crusader Commander and war hero, in Monrovia, Liberia.”

The Gathering: Johnny Adair / Paul Ray a.k.a Lionheart / Nick Greger a.k.a Mad Nick – The Order 777

In his 1,500-page document Breivik wrote that his ‘assigned mentor’ at the London meeting was “referred to as Richard (the Lionhearted).”

Ray said he was not at the 2002 London meeting that Breivik describes in his manifesto.

Referring to the right-wing British group the English Defence League, Breivik added: “I wonder sometimes if one of the EDL founders was one of the co-founders of [the Knights Templar], I guess I’ll never know for sure.”

Ray, who the Associated Press located in Malta, where he now lives, confirmed the existence of a loose group of anti-Islamic extremists inspired by the Knights Templar.

The 35-year-old Briton often, who was a founding member of the EDL, espouses views similar to Breivik’s on his anti-Muslim blog. The blog’s title is a reference to King Richard I of England, who led Christian crusades in the 12th century and was known as Richard the Lionheart.

Ray has other similarities with the “mentor” in the Norwegian killer’s manifesto, chiefly that the anti-Muslim group he leads is called The Ancient Order of the Templar Knights.

Ray suggested the group had no formal structure, and he refused to name any members or indicate how many members it has. He said he condemned Breivik’s attacks in Norway.

“It’s an idea,” Ray said. “It’s not like it’s a massive organization. It’s a belief.”

Ray condemned the murder of 76 people in twin attacks in Oslo and Utoya on Friday as an act of “pure evil”.

Ray, 35, told The Times: “I am being implicated as his (Breivik’s) mentor. I definitely could have been his inspiration. It looks like that. But what he did was pure evil. I could never use what he has done to further my own beliefs. What he has done does not equate to anything I am involved in.”

Breivik, 32, claims he committed Friday’s massacre as the order’s first blow in an apocalyptic war against Muslims, immigrants and leftists to prevent what he believes is an Islamic attempt to take over Western Europe. In his manifesto he says he is a member of a new order of the Knights Templar.

The European police agency Europol said it is investigating links between Breivik and right-wing groups in Europe.

A task force was set up shortly after the Norway attacks to help in the probe but a Europol spokesman said British police would also join the task force.

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Masons under anti-terror surveillance after UDA infiltrates Scottish lodges

MASONIC halls throughout Scotland are under covert surveillance by anti-terror police after the outlawed loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) successfully infiltrated the controversial secret society.

The UDA is one of Ulster’s most brutal paramilitary organisations. Using the cover-name the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) it waged a campaign of sectarian assassination against Northern Ireland’s Catholics. One of its most notorious “brigadiers”, Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair, fled to Ayrshire after his expulsion from Belfast following an internecine loyalist feud.

Johnny Adair

The mere discussion of an operation’s details gave him a “sexually charged excitement”; even when the actual killings had been done by others he had personally chosen as hitmen.

Freemasons Brother Anders Breivik and Brother Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair

Ghost towns on the increase as rural America accounts for just 16% of population


Blackout: This official graphic shows dominant U.S. urban areas, marked in white, while large swathes of rural areas are becoming darker as people move away

Migration will form a virtual mega-city stretching through Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland and ending in the capital Washington D.C.

In 1910 72% of Americans lived in rural areas

Daily Mail | Jul 28, 2011

Vast swathes of the U.S. countryside are emptying and communities becoming ghost towns as rural America now only accounts for just 16 per cent of the population.

The 2010 census results suggest that by 2050 many of these areas could shrink to virtually nothing as businesses collapse and schools close.

This dramatic population implosion is the culmination of a century of migration to cities, as in 1910 the share of rural America was at 72 per cent.

In 1950 the countryside remained home to a majority of Americans, amid post-World War II economic expansion and the baby boom.

However, once busy areas have been abandoned, in South Dakota for example, the town of Scenic is up for sale for $799,000 as today just eight people live there.

Overall the share of people in rural areas over the past decade fell to 16 percent, passing the previous low of 20 percent in 2000, and is expected to drop further because of the economic crisis.

But in contrast American cities are booming and will continue to swallow suburban communities, producing a virtual mega-city stretching through Boston, Massachusetts, through New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland and ending in the capital Washington, D.C.

‘Some of the most isolated rural areas face a major uphill battle, with a broad area of the country emptying out,’ said Mark Mather, associate vice president of the Population Reference Bureau, a research group in Washington, D.C.

‘Many rural areas can’t attract workers because there aren’t any jobs, and businesses won’t relocate there because there aren’t enough qualified workers. So they are caught in a downward spiral.’

The rural share is expected to drop further as the U.S. population balloons from 309 million to 400 million by 2050, leading even more people to crowd cities and suburbs and fill in the land around them.

In 2010, the census found cities grew overall by 11 percent with the biggest gains in suburbs or small- or medium-sized cities.

In fact, of the 10 fastest-growing places, all were small cities incorporated into the suburbs of expanding metro areas, mostly in California, Arizona and Texas.

In all, the share of Americans living in suburbs has climbed to an all-time high of 51 percent.

Despite sharp declines in big cities in the Northeast and Midwest since 2000 due to the recession, U.S. cities increased their share by 3 percent to a third.

The data was supplemented with calculations by Robert Lang, a sociology professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

In the census ‘rural’ is generally defined as non-metropolitan areas with fewer than 50,000 people.

‘These new patterns suggest that there will be a blurring of boundaries as regions expand well beyond official government-defined definitions,’ Mr Frey said.

‘People like to have it all – affordable housing in a smaller-town setting but in close proximity to jobs and big-city amenities such as specialised shopping, cultural events and major sports and entertainment venues.’

Areas areas like the Great Plains in the central U.S. and Appalachia in the East, along with parts of the South and Texas, could face the most significant population declines, demographers say.

These places suffered some of the biggest losses over the past decade as young adults left and the people who stayed got older, moving past childbearing years.

Rural towns are scrambling to attract new residents and stave off heavy funding cuts from financially strapped federal and state governments.

Delta Air Lines recently announced it would end flight service to 24 small airports, several of them in the Great Plains, and the U.S.

The U.S. Postal Service is mulling plans to close thousands of branches in mostly rural areas of the country.

Many rural areas, the central Great Plains in particular, have been steadily losing population since the 1930s with few signs of the trend slowing in coming decades.

Among the struggling rural areas are vast stretches of West Virginia in Appalachia. Several of the state’s counties over the past decade have lost large chunks of their population following the collapse of logging and coal-mining industries.

Leader of Ancient Order of the Templar Knights in Malta denies mentoring Norwegian killer

timesofmalta.com | Jul 27, 2011

 

Paul Ray, Ancient Order of Templar Knights

Paul Ray, the originator of the English Defence League, who now lives in Malta, has denied he is the man who mentored Norwegian killer Anders Breivik.

In his 1,500-page manifesto, Breivik says his mentor was Richard (the Lionhearted)”.

Although Mr Ray (real name Paul Sonato) is known as Richard the Lionheart, he has said on his blog:

“It has been implied several places that due to the fact I use the name Lionheart on this blog and my anti-Islamic fundamentalism ideology is similar, not the same, as Anders Breivik that Richard could mean Richard the Lionheart, thus Lionheart could mean me.

“I might be a Christian fundamentalist who has a deep dislike for Islamic fundamentalism who looks to Templarism as an example, but anyone who knows me knows that I personally would play no part in such inhumane savagery that has no place in the civilised world.

“I’ve been perplexed about this all day due to how serious the nature of being linked to a political mass murderer is (it’s no small thing), and now the penny has finally dropped on who the most likely person is, who ‘Richard’ the English mentor of Anders Breivik is.

“EDL’s financier and political controller Alan Lake.”

EDL leader Stephen Lennon, leader of the English Defense League, told The Associated Press yesterday that he does not condone Breivik’s rampage but “the fact that so many people are scared – people have to listen to that.”

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Lennon also claimed that “Richard (the Lionhearted)” was Mr Ray, who was kicked out of the group a few years ago.

Mr Ray fled England almost two years ago after being arrested for stirring racial hatred and settled in Malta.

In Malta he leads an anti-Muslim group called The Ancient Order of the Templar Knights.

Norway killer made pligrimage to Malta, home of Knights Hospitallers


Breivik mentions Valletta as one of his favourite destinations.

Norway killer visited Malta, impressed by Valletta

di-ve.com | Jul 25, 2011

by John Paul Cordina

Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the death of at least 93 people in 2 attacks in Norway last Friday, had visited Malta in the past, citing Valletta as one of his favourite destinations.

Mr Breivik (pictured) is believed to be responsible for 2 terrorist attacks which took place last Friday. The first was a bomb explosion in the heart of Norwegian capital Oslo, in which at least 7 people were killed, and the second was a shooting spree at a summer camp on the lake island of Utøya to Oslo’s northwest, which left 86 dead, mostly youths aged 15-16.

Both attacks were politically motivated. The bomb was placed outside the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, while the summer camp targeted was organised by the youth organisation of Mr Stoltenberg’s Labour Party.

Mr Breivik has owned up to the attacks – describing them as “gruesome but necessary” – and said that he has acted alone. He also published a 1,516 page manifesto titled 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence – under the pseudonym Andrew Berwick.

The manifesto is stridently anti-Islam and opposes “Marxism” and multiculturalism. It states that there should be a violent revolution in 19 European countries – Malta among them – and appeals to the countries’ armed forces to overthrow the government.

The report mentions Malta a number of times. In a section where he describes himself, Mr Breivik states that Malta is one of 24 countries he “had the privilege of experiencing.” It apparently also stood out as one of his favourites: he later mentions Valletta as one of his favourite destinations.

“A perfect balance of culture and nightlife,” Mr Breivik writes as he describes the capital. “The architecture and historical sites in Valletta are amazing. Everyone should study the history of Malta as it was Western Europe’s frontline against Jihad for centuries and its history, architecture and historical sites reflect this.”

The 32-year-old also claimed that Malta was one of few countries which were highly opposed to Islam, stating that the Maltese still remembered when the “Ottoman Empire enslaved Gozo’s population a few centuries ago.”

Curiously, Mr Breivik cites the Nationalist Party within a list of anti-immigration parties and organisations, one of very few prominent centre-right parties within the list. His Malta list also includes VivaMalta, Imperium Europa and Azzjoni Nazzjonali.

The mention appears to have been made simply due to the party’s name – centre-right politicians such as Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel are castigated elsewhere within the document – and prompted the PN to stress that it had nothing to do with such viewpoints.

“The PN’s position on immigration is clear: people’s lives and dignity precede all other interests. The PN celebrates, not castigates, diversities in traditions, cultures and skin colour,” the party said, later stressing that far-right language was never used by the PN and never would.

Mr Breivik described himself as a “justiciar knight commander for Knights Templar Europe,” and revealed an obsession with crusading knights which may explain his interest in Malta. “I would strongly advice all Justiciar Knights to visit Valetta (sic), Malta and Jerusalem, Israel and to visit all the Knights Templar historical sites,” he states at one point.