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RAW Story: FBI, DHS probe ‘Guardians’ who demanded governors resign

April 3, 2010- The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have launched an investigation into letters sent by an anti-government group to over 30 governors demanding they resign within three days or face peaceful removal from office.

The letters, sent by a group calling themselves the "Guardians of the Free Republics," do not threaten violence but warned recipients they would be removed from office if they did not resign by the deadline, law enforcement and state officials said.

Virginia's Republican Governor Robert McDonnell and Arkansas's Democratic Governor Mike Beebe were among those who received the letters, as was Texas's Republican Governor Rick Perry.

The letters arrived amid recent spates of vandalism and harassment -- including death threats -- against other lawmakers in the wake of the health reform bill's passage. Mere days earlier, eight members of what the government described as a "Christian militia" were arrested and accused of planning to attack police officers.

Investigators worried the Guardians' rhetoric could unleash violent behavior, according to US media.

"While there does not appear to be credible or immediate threats of violence attached to the letters, we are working with state and local authorities and continue to assess the matter," the FBI and DHS said in a joint statement.

Media almost universally treated the statements as threats against the governors, echoing the government's tenor of concern.

Guardians of the Free Republics claims on its website that it seeks to restore US institutions by peacefully dismantling and rebuilding parts of government.

"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 website says.



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