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Guardians of the free Republics sent letters to McDonnell, governors

Anita Kumar

The letters sent to more than 30 governors, including Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia, demanding that they resign or be removed from office came from an anti-government, group, Guardians of the Free Republics.

Guardians of the Free Republics aspires to restore the U.S. republic by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site.

Bruce Hoffman, a professor at Georgetown University who has studied anti-government groups for more than two decades, said the delivery of the demands -- to so many governors -- is unprecedented.

"Given how emotional politics has become, it has to be taken seriously,'' he said. "On the one hand, it's absurd. On the other hand, given the time it took to contact 30 governors, it's not easily dismissed."

Mark Potok, an editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center who tracks extremists and hate speech, said the group stems from the "sovereign citizen" movement, including those who do not believe in paying taxes or abiding by zoning or other regulations. Some contend that a person has not committed a crime if there is no complaining witness.

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 3, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

How do you track "hate speech"?

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | April 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Nothing in the letter indicates violence, yet distributing it will better equip public safety with the tools to prevent violence? hilarious. well that certainly explains a lot about homeland security.

fyi, they sent the letter to all 50 governors.

Posted by: millionea7 | April 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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