Texas is experiencing incredible economic success. Texas leads the United States in oil and gas production and job growth. In February alone Texas employers added over 80,000 jobs. The unemployment rate in Texas hovers aroung 6.3% as compared to the national average of 7.7%. Texas also is proud to have the fastest growing cities in the country. The top three growth cities in the country are Austin #1, Houston #2, and Dallas #3. While Rick Perry would like to take credit for the economic success of the state, it is more likely attributable to the lack of state income tax, which is made possible by the presence of such large oil & gas reserves.
While the country identifies Texas as a leader in economic growth, it is also a leader in the Aryan Brotherhood.
The Life Expectancy for a District Attorney in Texas must be the shortest in the country. Last Saturday District attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead in their home. It was just two months ago that Mr. McLelland had vowed to put away the “scum” who had killed one of his deputies. The county sheriffs have brought in the FBI to help with the investigation. Thank heavens we didn’t secede from the United States, as our Governor had suggested!
Mr. Hasse, the district attorney who was shot on his way to work outside the county court house two months ago, had carried a gun for protection, and even changed the exit he took every day from the Court House, for security reasons.
While no charges have been filed, there is great speculation that the Aryan brotherhood of Texas is involved. The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is at the center of a large federal case that involves racketeering, murder, kidnapping and other various crimes. The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is described as a “whites only” prison based gang in operation since the 80’s. They are arguably the most violent white supremacist prison gang in the United States. The group has been credited with more than 100 murders, and at least 10 kidnappings. Their code is ‘blood-in, blood-out‘ meaning that you can only get into ABT by carrying out some kind of attack,” and … you can only leave in a body bag.
These killings come on the heels of a grand jury indictment of 34 members of the Aryan Brotherhood, ten of whom are eligible for the death penalty. The other 24 face life in prison. Life in prison is ironic as prison seems to be the location that the Brotherhood originated. The gang that was formed in the 1980’s has over 2000 members and is ruled by five generals. The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas promises to protect its white inmates who join the gang. Once released from prison members are expected to help with the criminal enterprise and recruit new members. The ABT has funded their operations through the trafficking of meth and cocaine.
The group operates under a blind-faith commitment to its leaders, meaning no orders are to be questioned. Members of the ABT sport the tattoo “God Forgives. Brother’s Don’t.” Kills and hits are ordered by the leaders which are then carried out by the members of the gang. Members who do not carry out orders will find themselves subject to painful and violent retribution.
Terry Sillers is a general in the ABT who was captured in 2011. He has agreed to cooperate, so of course the Brotherhood is determined to find and kill him. Stillers is hidden in a place that not even his attorney knows and she doesn’t want to know.
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is associated with extreme violence and threats of seeking retribution. Leaders of the ABT have been reported to have ordered killings and instructed that they should be as “messy as possible,” and that severed fingers would be appropriate trophies Another example of the violence of this group is reminiscent of something out of a horror movie. Three members took a blow torch to remove another gang member’s tattoo bearing that name of the brotherhood when her refused to take an order. The brotherhood has 10 rules and if you break any rule, the punishment is death.