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    Dozens of Governors Receive Letter From Fringe Group
    April 3, 2010

    The number of governors receiving letters from a anti-government fringe group now numbers around thirty. Governors from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Kentucky, Hawaii, Montana , Missouri, Mississippi, Virginia, Texas, Nebraska and Alaska all found letters similar to those received by governors yesterday.

    The letters have been sent by Guardians of the Free Republics, a group that says it wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of government.

    The FBI warning comes at a time of heightened attention to far-right extremist groups after the arrest of nine Christian militia members last weekend accused of plotting violence.

    Montana governor Brian Schweitzer is among those who received a letter from an anti-government group demanding that he step down. Schweitzer's office confirmed Friday that he is one of more than 30 governors who received a letter this week from a group called Guardians of the free Republics. Schweitzer declined to comment further.

    Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s spokesman Scott Holste said Friday that the letter was received earlier this week. The governor's office said the letter was received through the normal mail processing but declined to reveal what the letter said and referred further questions to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which oversees the governor's security.

    Virginia governor Bob Mcdonnell's office got the letter Wednesday from a group called Guardians of The Free Republics. It was turned over to the FBI and Virginia State Police

    Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said federal authorities had alerted the governor that such a letter might be coming, and it arrived Monday or Tuesday. Boyd, who described the letter as "non-threatening," said it was opened by a staffer and immediately turned over to the Michigan State Police.

    Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's office confirmed the governor had received a letter from the Guardians of the free Republics and directed all further questions to the Louisiana State Police.

    Security has been beefed up around Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear after State Police said he was among the governors who have received threatening letters from an anti-government group.

    Hawaii governor Linda Lingle also received a letter. The Republican governor's spokesman confirmed Friday that the letter was sent to the governor's office, but he did not elaborate.

    Alaska governor Sean Parnell‘s spokeswoman Sharon Leighow confirmed today that Parnell had received a letter in his Anchorage office. She said the letter arrived on Wednesday.

    Midwestern governors also received letters. Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds all found themselves the recpients of such letters.

    The FBI has said it expects all 50 governors to eventually receive the group's letters.
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    30-plus governors told to quit in letters from Guardians of the Free Republics

    By Anita Kumar
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, April 3, 2010

    More than 30 governors, including Robert F. McDonnell (R) of Virginia, received letters from an anti-government group this week demanding that they resign within three days or face removal from office.

    The letters from the group, Guardians of the Free Republics, do not threaten violence, according to officials in Richmond and Washington. No arrests have been made.

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) did not receive a letter, his spokesman, Shaun Adamec, said Friday.

    The demands come after an outbreak of harassment and vandalism against members of Congress a couple of weeks ago. A Philadelphia man was charged Monday with threatening to kill U.S. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and his family.

    The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned police across the country that the letters could provoke violent behavior.

    "The FBI and DHS are not aware of any immediate or credible threat,'' a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement. "Although no specific information to indicate violence is intended as part of this plan, the bulletin was shared with federal, state, local and tribal partners to ensure they are equipped with the tools they need to better recognize behaviors and other indicators consistent with homeland security threats to prevent violence or criminal acts."

    In at least two states, Utah and Nebraska, security was increased after the letters were received. In Nevada, screening machines were added to the main entrance of the state Capitol.

    Guardians of the Free Republics aspires to restore the U.S. republic by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site.

    The Restore America Plan is a bold achievable strategy for behind-the-scenes peaceful reconstruction of the de jure institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war,'' the Web site says.

    Bruce Hoffman, a professor at Georgetown University who has studied anti-government groups for more than two decades, said the delivery of the demands -- to so many governors -- is unprecedented.

    "Given how emotional politics has become, it has to be taken seriously,'' he said. "On the one hand, it's absurd. On the other hand, given the time it took to contact 30 governors, it's not easily dismissed."

    Mark Potok, an editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center who tracks extremists and hate speech, said the group stems from the "sovereign citizen" movement, including those who do not believe in paying taxes or abiding by zoning or other regulations. Some contend that a person has not committed a crime if there is no complaining witness.

    In Virginia, the letter was received at the governor's office in Richmond on Wednesday. It was turned over to the Virginia State Police, which sent it to the Richmond FBI office.

    The governor's office released a statement Friday morning that said the "the Governor and his family are secure."

    Governors who received the letters include Tim Pawlenty (R) of Minnesota, Jennifer M. Granholm (D) of Michigan, Bobby Jindal (R) of Louisiana, Chet Culver (D) of Iowa, Brad Henry (D) of Oklahoma and Mike Rounds (R) of South Dakota. The FBI expects that all 50 governors will eventually receive such letters.

    Staff writer Spencer Hsu and researcher Eddy Palanzo contributed to this report, which includes information from the Associated Press.
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    Governors Receive Threats From Extremist Group
    By ROBERT PEAR
    Published: April 2, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Governors around the country said Friday that they had received letters from an extremist group warning that they might be forcibly removed from office if they did not step down within three days.

    Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that they had sent out an intelligence note with information about potential threats to governors from a group calling itself the Guardians of the Free Republics.

    The note was sent to state police officials in the last few days.

    In a joint statement, the federal agencies said: “The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security are not aware of any immediate or credible threats of violence as part of this group’s plan. Threat assessments are issued on a regular basis and out of an abundance of caution to inform our federal, state, local and tribal partners about possible threats to the homeland.”

    It added that the agencies were “working with state and local authorities and continue to assess the matter.”

    State officials said they were taking the threats seriously because they came at a time of increased attention to antigovernment groups.

    In a federal indictment unsealed on Monday, nine members of a Christian militia group were accused of plotting an uprising against the federal government. The indictment said the group, based in Michigan, was planning to kill a local law enforcement officer and use explosive devices to attack police officers from around the country who would attend the funeral.

    Federal officials said that at least 30 governors received the threatening letters this week. State officials in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Utah and Virginia said they were examining the letters. Officials in several states said security for governors had been increased.

    On its Web site, gotfr.com, the Guardians of the Free Republics sets forth a plan to “restore America.” It describes the plan as “a bold achievable strategy for behind-the-scenes peaceful reconstruction of the de jure institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war.”

    The federal government told state police officials that the group could provoke violence by others because its members “advocate for their views through the use, support or facilitation of violence or illegal conduct.”


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    Statistics?

    Anyone know a good source for the numbers of "government" employees killed by fringe liberty-minded people that were not on their own property?

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    I think the numbers in OKC were pretty high.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    I would love to see how Gov Perry (TX) responded.
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    Our governor, James Manchin( D-WV), didn't recieve one. Here's probably why.

    Apparently the Guardians of the Free Republics were not aware that West Virginia is actually a state.
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    This is getting out of hand! And scary! I propose that we disallow all further dissent, lest it inadvertently inspires a third party to do violence. It's time we all got behind our government and simply allow them to help us. They know what's best for us, right?

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    The letters have been sent by Guardians of the Free Republics, a group that says it wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of government.
    You describe them as "Fringe" groups, and "Anti-government."

    Hmmmm.......restore America, now there's an idea.
    Peacefully dismantling parts of the government.......you mean like the IRS, the Federal Dept. of Education (what do they do?) , all the Czars. I'll bet there's hundreds of federal departments you and I have never heard of.

    Next those "crazies" will want to follow the Constitution, they must be stopped.
    (and they will be, ala Waco)

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    A few of us patriotic gun and freedom lovers and others just keep giving our enemies and their pet media people more ammo with which to ***** and give us bad publicity, they always being eager and ready and willing to be alarmed and to do us great harm, in the name of and for the sake of the village children and our communal safety...except when it comes to profiling instead of smiling at inner-city gangs and their thangs that go bang.

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    Right Wing Group Sends Letters Threatening To Remove Governors

    WASHINGTON – The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group’s call to remove governors from office could provoke violence.

    The group called the Guardians of the free Republics wants to “restore America” by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site. It sent letters to governors demanding they leave office or be removed.

    Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group’s message, but fear the broad call for removal of top state officials could lead others to act out violently. At least two states beefed up security in response.

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he received one of the letters but wasn’t overly alarmed.

    “We get all kinds of shall we say, ‘interesting’ mail, so it’s not out of the norm,” Pawlenty said Friday. “It got more attention because it went to so many governors.”

    As of Wednesday, more than 30 governors had received letters saying if they don’t leave office within three days they will be removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The note was obtained by The Associated Press.

    The FBI expects all 50 governors will eventually receive such letters.

    Governors whose offices reported getting the letters included Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chet Culver of Iowa, Dave Heineman of Nebraska, Jim Gibbons of Nevada, Brad Henry of Oklahoma, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and Gary Herbert of Utah, where officials stepped up security in response to the letter.

    In Nevada, screening machines for visitors and packages were added to the main entrance to the state Capitol as a precaution.

    “We’re not really overly concerned, but at the same time we don’t want to sit back and do nothing and regret it,” Deputy Chief of Staff Lynn Hettrick said.

    Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said federal authorities had alerted the governor that such a letter might be coming, and it arrived Monday or Tuesday. Boyd, who described the letter as “non-threatening,” said it was opened by a staffer and immediately turned over to the Michigan State Police.

    Jindal’s office confirmed that the governor had received one of the letters and directed questions to the Louisiana State Police.

    “They called us as they do for any letter that’s out of the norm,” said Lt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman. He declined to provide specifics about the letter, but said, “not knowing the group and the information contained in the letter warranted state police to review it.”

    The FBI warning comes at a time of heightened attention to far-right extremist groups after the arrest of nine Christian militia members last weekend accused of plotting violence.

    In explaining the letters sent to the governors, the intelligence note says officials have no specific knowledge of plans to use violence, but they caution police to be aware in case other individuals interpret the letters “as a justification for violence or other criminal actions.”

    The FBI associated the letter with “sovereign citizens,” most of whom believe they are free from all duties of a U.S. citizen, like paying taxes or needing a government license to drive. A small number of these people are armed and resort to violence, according to the intelligence report.

    Last weekend, the FBI conducted raids on suspected members of a Christian militia in the Midwest that was allegedly planning to kill police officers. In the past year, federal agents have seen an increase in “chatter” from an array of domestic extremist groups, which can include radical self-styled militias, white separatists or extreme civil libertarians and sovereign citizens.

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    Just makes you feel warm and fuzzy, don't it!!!

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    Probably some fringe lefties trying to grab some headlines. I don't put anything past the kook pantpissers on the left anymore.

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    Well, I am perplexed. It's big federal govt that is the problem, not state level.

    Disband the state govt, what does that leave us with? Feds.

    It's like pulling the flower off a dandelion and expecting the whole weed to die. The darn thing just keeps growing.
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    It's just a pity that we can't have sanctuary counties, communities, cities and states, where we can choose which federal laws to ignore or obey, by the way; like some do concerning the ongoing never-ended but never-offending illegal-alien-immigration invasion of our nation, and the intimidation of voters at polling places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    Well, I am perplexed. It's big federal govt that is the problem, not state level.

    Disband the state govt, what does that leave us with? Feds.

    It's like pulling the flower off a dandelion and expecting the whole weed to die. The darn thing just keeps growing.
    disband the federal governmennt. I'm all for it. Only problem is all the states that rely on federal tax dollars to get by will become very third world.

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    I too agree with what is the point of trying to undo state government, esp when so many are trying to fight for their rights as states. I also think that this is a left wing group thing to make all right wing persons look like lunatics, guilt by association, regardless of whether or not you really are fringe.

    It is a common tactic used by the media and even our government. Make “enemies” look like they are baby eating freaks, not by specific example, but by the vaguest of measures. It is the mark of a coward!
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    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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