FBI Warns Extremist Letters May Encourage Violence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The governors of Louisiana and Michigan are among more than 30 state chief executives who've received letters from an anti-government group, prompting a warning from the FBI.

The letters from a group calling itself Guardians of the free Republics demand that the governors leave office within 3 days or they will be removed. While investigators don't see threats of violence in the letters, a federal intelligence note is warning police that the calls may encourage others to act out violently.

The warning comes as law enforcement officials pay more attention to far-right extremist groups after the arrest of nine Christian militia members last weekend accused of plotting violence.

Guardians of the free Republics says on its Web site that it wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of the government.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's office has confirmed a letter from Guardians of the Free Republics did send a letter to his office, and that an investigation is underway.


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