ONA Organization – wikipedia
— The ONA, 2010
The ONA is a secretive organization. It lacks any central administration, instead operating as a network of allied Satanic practitioners, which it terms the “kollective”. Thus, Monette stated that the Order “is not a structured lodge or temple, but rather a movement, a subculture or perhaps metaculture that its adherents choose to embody or identify with”. Monette also suggested that this absence of a centralised structure would aid the Order’s survival, because its fate would not be invested solely in one particular leader. The ONA dislikes the term “member”, instead favouring the word “associate”. In 2012, Long stated that those affiliated with the Order fell into six different categories: associates of traditional nexions, Niners, Balobians, gang and tribe members, followers of the Rounwytha tradition, and those involved with ONA-inspired groups.
The group largely consists of autonomous cells known as “nexions”. The original cell, based in Shropshire, is known as “Nexion Zero”, with the majority of subsequent groups having been established in Britain, Ireland, and Germany, however nexions and other associated groups have also been established in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Russia and South Africa. The Greek wing of the ONA goes by the name Mirós tou Zeús. Some of these groups, such as the U.S.-based Tempel ov Blood, describe themselves as being distinct from the ONA while both having been greatly influenced by it and having connections to it.
In the ONA’s terminology, the terms Drecc and Niner refer to folk-based or gang-based culture or individuals who support the Order’s aims by practical (including criminal) means rather than esoteric ones. One such group is the White Star Acception, who claim to have perpetrated rapes, assaults, and robberies in order to advance the group’s power; Sieg noted that the reality of these actions has not been verified. A Balobian is an artist or musician who contributes to the group through their production of fine art. The Rounwytha is a tradition of folk-mystics deemed to exhibit gifted psychic powers reflecting their embodiment of the “sinister feminine archetype”. Although a minority are men, most Rounwytha are female, and they often live reclusively as part of small and often lesbian groups.
ONA Outer representative
Several academic commentators have highlighted the existence of a position within the ONA called an “Outer Representative”, who serves as an official spokesperson for the group to the outer world. The first to publicly claim to be the group’s “Outer Representative” was Richard Moult, an artist and composer from Shropshire who used the pseudonym of “Christos Beest”. Moult was followed as “Outer Representative” by “Vilnius Thornian”, who held the position from 1996 to 2002, and who has been identified by ONA insiders as the Left Hand Path ideologue Michael Ford. Subsequently, on the blog of the White Star Acception, the claim was made that the group’s member Chloe Ortega was the ONA’s Outer Representative, also this blog later became defunct by 2013. In 2013, a female American Rounwytha using the name of “Jall” appeared claiming to be the Order’s “Outer Representative”.
However, according to Long the “outer representative” was “an interesting and instructive example of [the O9A’s] Labyrinthos Mythologicus, … a ploy,” and which was designed to “intrigue, select, test, confuse, annoy, mislead”. Long wrote that “the ploy was for a candidate or an initiate to openly disseminate ONA material, and possibly give interviews about the O9A to the Media, under the guise of having been given some sort of ‘authority’ to do so even though such an authority – and the necessary hierarchy to gift such authority – was in fact a contradiction of our raison d’être; a fact we of course expected those incipiently of our kind to know or sense.” According to Senholt the ONA “does not award titles”, with Monette writing that “there is no central authority within the ONA.”
Within the ONA was a group of longstanding initiates known as the “Old Guard” or “Inner ONA”, whose experience with the tradition led to them becoming influential over newer members who often sought their advice. Members of this Old Guard included Christos Beest, Sinister Moon, Dark Logos, and Pointy Hat, although in 2011 they stated that they would withdraw from the public sphere.
While the ONA has stated that it is not an occult organization in the conventional sense but an esoteric philosophy, several academics have written about ONA membership. In a 1995 overview of British Satanist groups, Harvey suggested that the ONA consisted of less than ten members, “and perhaps fewer than five.” In 1998, Jeffrey Kaplan and Leonard Weinberg stated that the ONA’s membership was “infinitesmally small”, with the group acting primarily as a “mail-order ministry”. Regarding the question of membership, Anton Long, in a letter to Aquino dated October 1990, wrote that “once the techniques and the essence [of the ONA] are more widely available then membership as such is irrelevant, since everything is available and accessible … with the individual taking responsibility for their own development, their own experiences.”
In 2013 Senholt noted that because the group has no official membership, it is “difficult, if not impossible, to estimate the number of ONA members”. Senholt suggested that a “rough estimate” of the “total number” of individuals involved with the ONA in some capacity from 1980 to 2009 was “a few thousand”; he had come to this conclusion from an examination of the number of magazines and journals about the subject circulated and the number of members of online discussion groups devoted to the ONA. At the same time he thought that the number of “longtime adherents is much smaller.” Also in 2013, Monette estimated that there were over two thousand ONA associates, broadly defined. He believed that the gender balance was roughly equal, although with regional variation and differences among particular nexions. Introvigne noted that if Monette’s estimate was correct, it would mean that the ONA is “easily… the largest Satanist organization in the world”.
According to a recent survey, the ONA has more female supporters than either the Church of Satan or the Temple of Set; more women with children; more older supporters; more supporters who are better established in socio-economic terms; and more who politically are further to the Right.
ONA Legacy and influence
The ONA’s main influence lies not with the group itself, but with its prolific release of written material. According to Senholt, “the ONA has produced more material on both the practical and theoretical aspects of magic, as well as more ideological texts on Satanism and the Left-Hand Path in general, than larger groups such as the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set has produced in combination [which] makes the ONA an important player in the theoretical discussion of what the Left-Hand Path and Satanism is and should be according to the practitioners”.
These writings were initially distributed to other Satanist and neo-Nazi groups, although with the development of the Internet this was also used as a medium to propagate its writings, with Monette expressing the view that they had attained “a sizable presence in occult cyberspace”, and thus become “one of the most prominent Left Hand Path groups by virtue of its public presence”. Many of these writings were then reproduced by other groups. Kaplan considered the ONA to be “an important source of Satanic ideology/theology” for “the occultist fringe of National Socialism”, namely neo-Nazi groups like the Black Order. The group gained increased attention following the growth in public interest in Myatt’s impact on terrorist groups during the War on Terror in the 2000s. The historian of esotericism Dave Evans stated that the ONA were “worthy of an entire PhD thesis”, while Senholt expressed the view that it would be “potentially dangerous to ignore these fanatics, however limited their numbers might be”.
ONA In music and literature
ONA influence extends to some black metal bands such as Hvile I Kaos, who according to a report in the music section of LA Weekly, “attribute their purpose and themes to the philosophies of the Order of Nine Angles”, although as of December 2018 the band is no longer involved with the ONA. The French band Aosoth is named after an O9A deity, and takes direct lyrical influence from the O9A. The album Intra NAOS by Italian band Altar of Perversion is named after the O9A essay NAOS: A Practical Guide to Modern Magick and showcases the band members’ own path through the Numinous Way. Some music associated with the O9A has also been controversial; The Quietus published a series of articles during 2018 exploring the connections between far-right politics, music and the ONA. English philosopher, short-story horror writer and “the father of accelerationism” Nick Land has also promoted the group in his writings.
In the Jack Nightingale series of novels by Stephen Leather, a Satanic “Order of Nine Angles” are the leading antagonists. Similarly, a fictionalised Satanic group named the “Order of Nine Angels” appear in Conrad Jones’ 2013 novel Child for the Devil. In another of his novels, Black Angel, Jones included a page titled “Additional Information” giving a warning about the Order of Nine Angles.
My COMMENT: The word “accelerationism’ caught my eye. I saw a lot of that in the strategic city-burning and property destruction activated by Antifa and Black Lives via violence and hijacking stadiums for greatest quick effect.
Does that mean accelerating reform through terror methods is positive reform or negative? Does it make for a better life for all or some? Revenge discrimination using accelerationism strategies produces what?
Chaos. Mayhem. Big rebuilding bills. Money was not then the object?
What initiated in the USA was from Britain (or British inspired), so why not initiate what happened here in Britain? They don’t have police issues?
So they called on the Devil to do God’s work? Let’s start in the USA, then go global?
Where do they get their money to travel and organize and pay for hotels and food and supplies? Do they have jobs? Are they really laid-off teachers with nothing to do who are malleable enough to engage in chaos and mayhem??
Who targeted the participants and how? Do they get paid?
What are their religious affiliations? From all walks?
What’s the Middle East Connection?
So far-right extremists engage in ritual sacrifice? What religion condones it? Far-left extremists aren’t religious? Were they once?
I thought Antifa was far-left. Anarchy isn’t left-leaning?
I’m beginning to think that looking at past behavior isn’t going to answer questions needing answers. Different times, different breeds. What’s up is down and under is around, where they stop…
In recent years, the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities have identified domestic threats linked to a variety of ideologies and movements, ranging from the “boogaloo bois” to conspiracy theorists. But a recent internal government report obtained by Yahoo News adds what may be the most surprising addition to the list of threats: an obscure satanic cult.
A special analysis report authored by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security focuses on a neo-Nazi-influenced satanic group called the Order of Nine Angles, which the intelligence community believes is making inroads among white supremacists. Nine Angles “is a largely decentralized group that advocates a violent extremist interpretation of Satanism,” the document says. “Satanism is a religion with multiple variants, most of which are not violent extremist.”
The Order of Nine Angles, which originated in the U.K., came to public attention in the U.S. earlier this year when Ethan Melzer, an Army private, was charged in a violent plot aimed at his own unit. Melzer allegedly shared details of his unit with the Order of Nine Angles.
But the intelligence community’s increasing propensity to label racist groups as terrorist threats is, for some critics, potentially a dangerous overreach by U.S. intel, which was empowered after 9/11 to pursue foreign terrorists.
“It’s problematic the same way so many of these so-called intelligence reports regarding terrorism are. It identifies some obscure ideology, defines it very poorly, implies it has some causal effect on violence but doesn’t say it, gives far too few examples and doesn’t really provide suggestions for law enforcement who receive it,” said Mike German, a former FBI agent who reviewed the report for Yahoo News.
“Are there six people who believe this and committed crimes or 6 million people who believe this?” asked German, who is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.
In recent months, the NCC, which was originally formed to help coordinate intelligence on international terrorism, has expanded its role in sharing information on domestic extremists, such as militias, with no links to foreign groups. The prior director determined, after consulting with lawyers, that this expansion was within the center’s mandate, though some observers question that move.
Using post-9/11 powers to focus on what may be purely domestic threats is a legal gray area, said Geoffrey Stone, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, who was tasked by President Barack Obama with reviewing the National Security Agency’s data collection after Edward Snowden’s massive leak of top-secret records in 2013.
“To what extent does there have to be an international connection in order for these agencies to have jurisdiction?” Stone asked, noting that social media makes it easy to see links between international and domestic groups.
“Nazis in the U.S. are an interstate organization, no question about that. The question is whether they’re international,” he added.
So does a satanic cult count as an international terrorist organization?
The Order of Nine Angles was founded in the 1970s in the U.K., according to the counterterrorism center report and other public accounts, and it has been linked to white supremacists and neo-Nazi ideology.
Yet there is little reliable information about the group, and even the authors of the report seemed confused on the extent of its influence. “We lack reliable reporting on the number of O9A adherents, the extent of the group’s international presence, and whether it has a defined leadership structure,” the report says.
Yet even without that data, the report, which was shared among U.S. intelligence agencies including the CIA and the NSA, recommends providing information on the group to social media companies so they can potentially censor its materials, and suggests former members “may be candidates for participation in disengagement programming.”
Historian David Garrow questioned whether the agencies involved in the report really even understood what they were writing about. “My most cynical reading would be that they’re trolling the web for suspicious content and they’ve come upon this stuff but that they really don’t know who it’s coming from or how many people are following or reading it,” said Garrow, who has written extensively on the FBI’s investigations into the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Much of the concern in the report appears to stem from the case of Melzer, the Army private, who was allegedly providing information to the Order of Nine Angles. But it’s unclear if he was an adherent, or even motivated by the group’s ideology. (He was also charged with trying to provide information to al-Qaida.)
He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his lawyers did not respond to Yahoo News’ request for comment.
The NCC, a primary author of the report, declined to answer questions about the document. The center’s “role concerning domestic terrorism is one of support to the FBI and DHS, and includes ensuring that primary federal agencies and state, local and tribal partners have access to and receive all-source intelligence support needed to execute their [counterterrorism] plans or perform independent, alternative analysis,” the center’s spokesperson, Susan Miller, told Yahoo News.
In recent years, attacks by domestic extremists, particularly white supremacists, have grown, outstripping the number of plots by terrorists with a connection to foreign groups such as al-Qaida or the so-called Islamic State. At the same time, there is no federal domestic terrorism statute, although there’s been a push to create one and perhaps an even fiercer pushback from the civil liberties groups that oppose it.
A new federal domestic terrorism statute, civil liberties groups fear, could loosen the reins on domestic investigations and surveillance operations.
German, the former FBI agent, said that because intelligence agencies “see concerns with international terrorism reducing,” they are looking to expand to domestic extremism as a way to stay involved in policymaking and analysis.
For Stone, the law professor, another question is the First Amendment issue, and whether the groups are being investigated because their ideas, such as white supremacy, are abhorrent. “You don’t want the government investigating organizations because you don’t like their ideas,” he said.
“There’s no right to engage in terrorism,” Stone continued, “but there is a right to advocate for it.”