Perdue Among Governors To Receive Extremist Letter

Governor Beverly Perdue is among thirty governors who have received an extremist letter telling her to leave office.

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.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson says the letter was immediately handed over to the governor's security detail. She said they are taking the appropriate action and are always vigilant in their security threat assessments.

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.

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." Cain said the letter has gone to numerous governors across the country.

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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  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Apr 3, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    Whoever did this should either be jailed for life or executed!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    Quickest way to declare martial law is to show there is a danger. But from letters?
  • by Sam Location: Greenville on Apr 2, 2010 at 09:22 PM
    Look out folks , Its Gloom and Doom Anonymous again, this guy must have a dark cloud hoovering overhead.
  • by howard Location: Greenville on Apr 2, 2010 at 09:17 PM
    gimmeabreak@7:25pm ,So I guess it will be ok if the robbers and looters got organized and break into your home while you and your family are asleep. Just use force not reason . You OK with that?
  • by Vance on Apr 2, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    More rhetoric.How can it be an EXTREMIST letter when all it saids is wants to "restore America by PEACEFULLY dismantling parts of the government.I heard part of the letters last night on the National News.It basically said Resign or just leave in major defeat with major humiliation!How Extreme is that?How Extreme is eggs being thrown at Consevative Republicans CAUGHT ON VIDEO, against Dumpofcraps saying some tea party members spit on a dumpofcrap and were calling them the N word some 15 times.NO PROOF WHAT SO EVER!Dumpofcraps are so bitter they probably sent their own selfs those letters just to stir more stinch!Keep stiring your poo dumpofcraps,your own flies might eat you up, but WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE DISINFECTANT!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Apr 2, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    Sending a letter is so stupid. I want Bev PerDon't out of office, but I would never think of doing something so dumb. That's just asking to get a policeman's knee in the back of your neck. Instead I will go to the polls and vote against her. And hopefully enough of us will do that so that we don't have to see her fake smile on tv and in print again.
  • by gimmeabreak on Apr 2, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    We have forotten, this country came about not by peaceful negotiation or logical pleadings...they failed. This country came about when the citizenry got fed up with an oppressive, unresponsive government and took up arms to throw the SOB's out!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 2, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    Opine, people that have read the constitution and despise both parties for not enforcing it. Although we did see republicans and some democrats trying to thwart off the healthcare, not sure why both would be threatened. I don't even know why this is a story anyway, it happens all the time. Even progressives liberals did hate letters, however, Bush chose to not air them, he had more class than that. Bush and Cheney even had death letters, hate, protester...but, afterall, he was republican, you are no suppose to do it with the "chosen party".
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    This country as we knew it is to far gone, what difference does it make who is in office, there is no saving it.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Apr 2, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    Bev will be gone come election time. That was a waste of paper and a stamp.
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