Alleged Canadian Terrorgram Author Denied Bail On Terrorism Charges For A Second Time

Matthew Althorpe is facing eight charges related to his alleged creation of videos for the Atomwaffen Division and manifestos for the Terrorgram collective.

Peter Smith
Canadian Anti-Hate Network



Screen capture taken from an Atomwaffen propaganda video.


A Canadian man alleged to be the author and creator of several manifestos promoting terrorism was denied bail for a second time in an Ontario courtroom last week.

On May 31, Matthew Albert Althorpe lost a review of his bail as he continues to face multiple charges for allegedly co-authoring a series of manifestos as part of the Terrorgram collective. Other charges relate to his alleged history of creating propaganda videos for the Atomwaffen Division—a designated terrorist organization in Canada.

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Althorpe is facing three counts of commissioning hate crimes offences for a terrorist group, two counts of participation in the activities of a terrorist group, one count of facilitating terrorist activity, one count of Instructing a person to carry out terrorist activity, and one count of counselling the commission of a terrorism offence.

He was arrested On December 8, 2023, at the same time as another man, Kristoffer Nippak, who was granted bail a few days before Christmas. 

A publication ban prevents any discussion of the contents or evidence presented during the hearing. 

The most significant revelation since the arrests is the allegation that both men contribute to the Terrorgram Collective. Terrorgram is known for producing long-form publications and videos that serve as both inspiration and guides to committing acts of violence and perpetrating attacks against the public.

“The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) for GTA/Southwest conducted an 18-month investigation, executing several search warrants in the Niagara and Toronto regions,” the RCMP said in a release.

Nippak is charged with one count of participation in the activities of a terrorist group. 

Police said that when AWD became a listed terrorist entity in Canada in 2021, “many former Atomwaffen Division members joined Active Club Canada.” 

Known members of AWD involved in the Active Club Canada (ACC) include Patrick MacDonald, better known as Dark Foreigner, who the Canadian Anti-Hate Network revealed to be a member of the Ottawa chapter of the white-only workout collective. 

A recent report by Vice World News exposed Kristoffer Nippak as a major promoter and influential figure within the ACC. Nippak has travelled extensively to network with European white nationalist organizations and chapters of the Active Club.

An investigation by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in 2021 revealed that the ACC was being used as a recruiting tool for the Vinland Hammerskins, the Canadian branch of a global white nationalist gang connected to numerous hate crimes, acts of violence, and murder. A New Brunswick man identified by CAHN as a senior member of the Vinland Hammerskins declined to comment and denied knowing anything about the Active Club or Hammerskins when contacted by phone.

Active Clubs are decentralized local workout clubs only open to white men. Founded by American white nationalist Robert Rundo, chapters are speckled throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Rundo was recently extradited back to the United States from Romania to face rioting charges related to a similar project titled the “Rise Above Movement.”

“These channels often distribute content on how to commit racially motivated violence and anti-government terrorism,” Queen’s University professor of Religion Dr. Amar Amarasingam previously told CAHN in a statement. “They are closely linked with groups like Atomwaffen Division and The Base.”

Books from Terrorgram are written by multiple authors under pseudonyms. 

Capitalizing on the “Terrorwave aesthetic” popularized by MacDonald and the since shuttered (and leaked) neo-Nazi Iron March forum, Amarasingam characterizes the genre as imagery dominated by “red, white, and black imagery, historical fascist figures, esoteric far-right symbols, and aggressive slogans.”

“Terrorgram’s own publications have included detailed instructions for attacking critical infrastructure. Their magazines often glorify white supremacist attacks and provide guidance on targeting infrastructure, minorities, public officials, journalists and so on.”

 

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