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FBI Warns About Anti-Government Group

From a deeply concerned Associated Press:

FBI warns extremist letters to more than 30 governors may encourage violence

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press

April 2, 2010

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

A group that calls itself the Guardians of the free Republics wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site.

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.

Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group’s message, but fear the broad call for removing top state officials could lead others to act out violently.

Governors whose offices reported receiving the letters included Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chet Culver of Iowa and Jim Gibbons of Nevada.

Screening machines for visitors and packages were added to the main entrance to the Nevada Capitol as a precaution after Gibbons received one of the letters.

"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 the governor had received a letter from the Guardians of the free Republics and directed all further 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.

So now petitioning the government for redress is a crime.

Would it be too cyncial (and anti-government) to question the timing of this?

Besides, where is the concern for any backlash against innocent ‘anti-government’ types? Or don’t such people exist?

Lest we forget, we very seldom hear about such threats from ‘Muslim militants.’ Even when they manage to blow things up, their involvement is soft-pedaled, if it is ever reported at all.

We are always told afterwards that reporting such news could trigger ‘hate crimes’ against their innocent Islamic co-religionists.

And yet these ‘anti-government’ folks are somehow fair game.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “FBI Warns About Anti-Government Group”

  1. BillK says:

    I love this – now merely writing a letter of protest is considered a possible “threat of violence.”

    I’ll believe it when I see an FBI warning about the hate that Code Pink is spewing.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Every public figure has a pile of threats against them. Limbaugh, Ted Koppel, –everyone. All day every day.

    To suddenly report these DECADE-OLD (and millennia-old) news stories doesn’t help anyone……well, it helps the Democrats go with the “Aren’t-we-all-victims-after-trying-to-help-the-American-people-with-health-care”—story line.

    IT’S ALL PART OF THE PROPAGANDA SHOW FOLKS, IT’S ALL FABRICATED FOR A POLITICAL PURPOSE.

  3. I also “question the …”

    umm wait is that a TM up there? Will I have to pay a license fee?

    I guess I must simply concur.

    Funny how a group no one has heard of, can get such promotional advertising.. and so quickly if the message matches a preconceived image of those who oppose the current administration’s goals.

    Anyhow.. the GUY’s name is Clive Boustred, Chairman.of Infotelesys.. http://www.infotelesys.com/ yawn.

    • oh yeah.. Just did a search on the address of the registrar of the “group’s” website.. then googled address, and made the relationship..

      Funny though, how One guy with a website commands all that attention, and the million plus people in Washington on 09-12-09 got barely the same ink. Not radical enough I guess.

  4. canary says:

    The AP’s reporting is poor & appears to be based on hearsay with no concrete proof of anything. Lists an organization that claims to be peaceful and wants to reform the government, and AP says “It” (the organization had everyone sign or one individual wrote it and did not mention the organization.
    Politicans get hate mail all the time, Maybe AP is so disappointed in all the harmless tea-party’s and so they are really milking this.

    Al Sharpton just flat out lied! and insisted! on O’Reilly there was a tape of protestors whose said racist slurs, and O’Reilly had to keep pounding him before Al Sharpton admitted he knew of no tape.

  5. Clownzaround says:

    I have noticed that the government is accusing teapartiers causing violence and the only ones that are shown doing violence is them. And now we have the FBI saying the Governors are being told to step down I don’t think the FBI is for the American People anymore I think the Whitehouse marxist is planting these things in order for a riot to break out

    They are wanting us to lay down so they can change America into a Marxist really a communist Country.
    It is all going to come to a head they have already broke the constitution they are not listening to the people they are suppose to serve in fact they are dictating to us what we will do and we have no voice.

    I have talked to people all over and the government is right there is a unrest and it will come to ahead.
    They are wanting to call Marshall Law but they have broke the constitution and have twisted the law
    I am not sure where everyone will stand but I can say there will be blood shed before this is over but it will be the government that will start it even if they have to plant it.
    They have to make the people look like terriost when it is the Government that is going to cause this

  6. mkwilliams says:

    They break out the same tired ass playbook every time they get power. Watch, they’ll be raiding summer camp of the Boy Scouts of America next. Just waiting for em to cause another Waco.

  7. curvyred says:

    Reminds me for some reason of the Clinton years:


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