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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

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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