Archive/File: orgs/german/thule-network reuters.121593 Last-Modified: 1993/12/16 computer links strengthen german neo-nazis By Marcus Kabel BONN, Dec 15 (Reuter) - German neo-Nazis have used a national computer network to trade bomb-making tips, propaganda and the names of leftist foes, a computer magazine said. The German monthly Chip said its research had uncovered eight so-called mailboxes -- computer lines set up for individuals to exchange messages -- linked in a national far-right network. "With the Thule network, German right-wingers have achieved unprecedented powers of coordination and communication," the magazine said in a report released ahead of publication of its January issue. The mailbox systems have names like "Wolf-Box" and "Resistance", while "Thule" means the top of the world, a name from Viking mythology, the source of many neo-Nazi symbols. Police have previously said neo-Nazis are using hi-tech tools including computer networks, but the magazine's description was one of the most detailed yet to emerge. A wave of letter bombs in Vienna this month and the publication in Germany of a hit-list targeting leftist activists have forced investigators to acknowledge improved organisation among far-right militants. The number of racist attacks in Germany has dropped this year, but top security officials have said neo-Nazis may simply be regrouping. Chip said the rightists were able to run their computer links legally by avoiding blatant calls to violence or expressions of support for hate crimes like attacks on foreigners and Jews. "The network distributes information on demonstrations and invitations to meetings, addresses for contacting parties and groups, and it reviews and offers books and magazines," the report said. "One of the mailboxes contained instructions for producing military explosives and letter bombs," it added. "A great deal of space is taken up by `political discussions' among the users." One discussion on the system included a call for "de-foreignising" Germany. But the author of that note warned that fellow neo-Nazis should avoid high-profile demands for foreigners to be evicted and should spread their calls by word of mouth instead. Prosecutors in northern Germany meanwhile announced two new cases of neo-Nazi propaganda. Investigators in Flensburg said they had seized 3,000 copies of a far-right magazine called "The Peasantry" which denied the Nazi mass murder of Jews. The denial is a criminal offence in Germany. In Hanover, prosecutors reopened a case against a 24-year-old man after a television show brought new evidence that he distributed banned music by neo-Nazi rock bands.
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