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Regular contributor, Tracy Barnhart, provides an inside look into a family you probably wouldn't want sitting at your Thanksgiving table, unless you're one of them. Barhart's discussion of the Aryan Brotherhood offers a cornucopia of facts and history about this troubled brotherhood.
Jim, Corrections.com editor


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Beware, brother

By Tracy Barnhart

Looking at a bad breed

The Aryan Brotherhood originated in San Quentin prison in 1967. Originally, this gang was established to provide protection for white individuals from black and Hispanic groups, most specifically the Mexican Mafia. Some of the original members of the AB migrated from a 1950s gang known as the "Bluebirds." Other names used in the past were the "Diamond Tooth Gang" and the "Nazi Gang."

Today, they number about 15,000 members in and out of prison. In March 2006, four AB leaders were indicted for numerous crimes, including murder, conspiracy, drug trafficking, and racketeering. According to the FBI, although the gang makes up less than one percent of the prison population, it is responsible for up to 26% of murders in the federal prison system. Read this week's full story.

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Articles such as the previous one on the God Complex and the current one from Mr. Eastvedt dramatically help the students approach the field with realistic attitudes. I often assign your website for reading assignments, but this article was especially germane.
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"The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not."
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