David Myatt: Theoretician of Terror?

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

David Myatt: Theoretician of Terror?


Once described as “the most ideologically-driven Nazi in Britain, preaching race war and terrorism,” {1} evidence has emerged {2}{3} that David Myatt’s “detailed step-by-step guide for terrorist insurrection” {4} entitled A Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution, which was published in the 1990s {4}{5} – and widely regarded as having influenced, or inspired, the London nail-bomber David Copeland {6}{7}{8} – may also have influenced or inspired the German group the National Socialist Underground (NSU) who were responsible for 15 bank robberies and at least 10 racially motivated murders between September 2000 and 2011.

Furthermore, according to sources close to the investigation, the German police found copies of A Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution on a computer hard drive belonging to a member of the NSU ‘support network’. This support network included the German section of the Blood & Honour organization {9}, an organization which was closely associated with Combat 18 during the 1990s {10} when Myatt himself was not only a member of Combat 18 {10}{11}{12} but was also, following the arrest of Charlie Sargent for murder, its leader {13}{14}.

The terrorist nature of Myatt’s Practical Guide can be gleaned from the fact that the section headed Racial War – dealing with how to start a racial war – begins by stating that it means “creating tension and terror within ethnic communities and damaging or destroying their property and their homes by fire bombs and/or explosive devices. Part of this involves attacking individuals and killing some of them.” {7}

Another neo-nazi terrorist document attributed to Myatt {1} was even more explicit, providing detailed instructions – with diagrams – on how to construct home-made bombs. This was the 15 page printed pamphlet, circulated in 1994, which announced the formation of the White Wolves {15}.

Unsurprisingly, given the terrorist nature of their contents and the fact that mere possession of them in any format is a criminal offence in most Western countries, neither document is available on the internet, although some parts of the Practical Guide have sporadically and temporarily appeared, but always minus the sections that dealt with practical topics such as Racial War and the Rules of Engagement.

Furthermore, it was rumours of Myatt’s authorship of both documents, and Myatt’s formation, and leadership, of the NSM in 1997 as successor to Combat 18, that led Detectives from SO12 at Scotland Yard to investigate Myatt’s neo-nazi activities, an investigation which included Operation Periphery: the dawn raid by seven police officers on Myatt’s home in early 1998, the seven hour search of his “luxury four bedroomed” detached house {8} in a village near Malvern, and his arrest on suspicion of incitement and conspiracy to murder and incitement to racial hatred {4}. Soon after his arrest he was granted bail on condition that he reported, on a regular basis, to Charing Cross police station in London, the nearest police station to Scotland Yard.

Three years after his arrest, in the Summer of 2001, all charges against him were dropped because the almost four year long, and by that time international, investigation had failed to find sufficient evidence to prosecute Myatt in a court of law {5}. Meanwhile, Myatt had – following his conversion to Islam in the Autumn of 1998 – not only travelled and given talks in the Muslim world {16} but also written one of the most detailed justifications in the English language for Islamic ‘martyrdom operations’ {16}, and which justification for such ‘suicide attacks’ was published on the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades section of the Hamas website {17}. In addition, and over a year before 9/11, he – using his Muslim name of Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt – publicly defended and praised the Taliban and Osama bin Laden {13}, “urged young Muslims to take up Jihad” {18}, and not only did “more than any other theorist to develop a synthesis of the extreme right and Islam” {19} but also, in a practical way, tried to bring neo-nazis and radical Muslims together so that they could fight their “common Zionist enemy” {19}{20}.

Therefore, it does appear to be the case that Myatt does – or rather, did – deserve the appellation ‘theoretician of terror’, if only because of his past, and decades long, writings and activities; an extremist past he has now renounced, and expressed regret regarding {21}{22}.

Morena Kapiris
November 2014


{1} “Theoretician of Terror”, Searchlight, July 2000

{2} Daniel Koehler: The German National Socialist Underground (NSU), in Jackson, Paul and Shekhovtsov, Anton (editors): The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 134-135. ISBN 9781137396211

{3} Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Ikke så ensomme ulver, Norsk rikskringkasting AS, 15.05.2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20150923015005/http://www.nrk.no/ytring/ikke-sa-ensomme-ulver-1.11026908

{4} Michael Whine, Cyberspace: A New Medium for Communication, Command, and Control by Extremists. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, (RAND/Taylor & Francis), Volume 22, Issue 3, 1999

{5} Vacca, John R. Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation, Charles River Media, 2005, p.420

{6} Mark Weitzman: Antisemitismus und Holocaust-Leugnung: Permanente Elemente des globalen Rechtsextremismus, in Thomas Greven: Globalisierter Rechtsextremismus? Die extremistische Rechte in der Ära der Globalisierung. 1 Auflage. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften/GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2006, pp.61-64.

(7} “Panorama Special: The Nailbomber”, BBC TV, broadcast June 30, 2000. Transcript: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/audio_video/programmes/panorama/transcripts/transcript_30_06_00.txt

{8} Sunday Mercury, July 9, 2000

{9} NSU Trial Reports: http://www.nsu-nebenklage.de/en/

{10} http://prezi.com/lyrozzmdmhgv/combat-18/ [dead link as of 2017]

{11} Michael, George: The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right. University Press of Kansas, 2006

{12} Jon B. Perdue: The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism. Potomac Books, 2012. p.70-71. ISBN 9781597977043

{13} Wistrich, Robert S, A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad. Random House, 2010

{14} Raphael Israeli. The Islamic Challenge in Europe. Transaction Publishers. 2008. pp 44-45. ISBN 9781412807500

{15} Susan Greenberg, Newsweek, 5/9/1999

{16} Mark Weitzmann, Anti-Semitism and Terrorism, in Dienel, Hans-Liudger (ed), Terrorism and the Internet: Threats, Target Groups, Deradicalisation Strategies. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, vol. 67. IOS Press, 2010. pp.16-17. ISBN 978-1-60750-536-5

{17} Durham, Martin. White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics. Routledge, 2007, p.113

{18} Simon Wiesenthal Center: Response, Summer 2003, Vol 24, #2

{19} Michael, George. The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right. University Press of Kansas, 2006. p. 142.

{20} Ely Karmon. The Middle East, Iraq, Palestine – Arenas for Radical and Anti-Globalization Groups Activity. NATO Workshop On Terrorism and Communications: Countering the Terrorist Information Cycle, Slovakia, April 2005.

{21} David Myatt. Understanding and Rejecting Extremism. 2013. ISBN 9781484854266

{22} David Myatt. Myngath. Some Recollections of a Wyrdful and Extremist Life. 2013. ISBN 9781484110744