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Behind prosecutor's withdrawal, 'Aryan' prison gang's legacy of violence

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The all-white gang formed some time in 1980s, first as a form of self-protection inside prisons, then as a criminal enterprise beyond prison walls with a military structure. It’s believed to have about 4,000 members, including many who have finished their sentences and are out of prison.

“Unlike [Branch Davidian leader] David Koresh and his sheeplike followers (and other sects based on religious fanaticism), these are battle-hardened and death-tested men (many of them … with extensive military experience) who are not set on dying for some kind of religious cause; their thing is that, when the situation calls for it, they’re killers,” writes a former prison inmate on the Daily Beast website. “They’re not into dying – except to protect the honor of the Brotherhood.”

“They’re also sincere in their belief that many members of law enforcement are kindred spirits, right-wingers who understand their hatreds, loss of hegemony, and rabid determination to protect whatever power the white man has left in America,” writes the former inmate – anonymously because of the potential for violent retribution. “And those who don’t buy into their hateful rhetoric they perceive as being weak-kneed sob sisters who will willingly mongrelize and sell out their proud white heritage. Truly, everyone who is not with them is against them.”

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