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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning police agencies around the nation that an extremist right-wing group that calls itself the Guardians of the Free Republics is encouraging violence against sitting governors while claiming their mission is non-violent.
On its web site, the group says it wants to “restore America” by dismantling parts of the government. The group sent letters to more than 30 governors, demanding they leave office, saying they must resign or they will be “removed forcefully.”
A joint memo from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security advises police departments that while the letters do not specifically call for violence against the governor, the call could inspire others to take violent action.
The FBI and DHS are also encouraging police departments to step up scrutiny of self-styled “militia groups” in the wake of arrests of nine members of a Michigan “Christian militia” on charges they planned to start a new American revolution by killing police officers and then combing their funerals.
Several members of Congress have also received threats following passage of the health care bill.