April 02, 2010

FBI Warns of Threats From "Sovereign Citizens" Group

Letters sent to more than 30 state governors from members of the "sovereign citizen" movement are getting the attention of state and national law enforcement authorities.

The letters—addressed to Democrats and Republicans alike—warn the governors to step down within three days or be removed. Authorities do not see threats of violence in the letters, but "fear the broad call for removing top state officials could lead others to act out violently."

The group that sent the letters calls itself "Guardians of the Free Republics" and their Web sites reek of the kind of tin-foil nuttery you would expect from the 9/11 Truthers, Obama birthers, chemtrail conspiracy theorists and Alex Jones-followers that the broader movement represents.

I've met and (once worked with) believers true believers in this stuff and agree with the FBI's apparent assessment that the people themselves are loony, but mostly harmless.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 2, 2010 10:43 AM

Did you see that the only one of the recently arrested militia group to profess a political party voted democrat in the primaries for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

It is also fortuitous that the FBI was abke to arrest th mlitia group. Otherwise there might have been more attention to "Chicago (Muslim)cab driver indicted – also planned August 2010 attack against U.S. large sports stadium-29 March 2010: A federal indictment charging Raja Lahradib KHAN, a Chicago Muslim cab driver with two counts of providing material support to al Qaeda was unsealed Friday. The indictment also exposed a plan to bomb a “large sports stadium” in the U.S.” in August."

Posted by: davod at April 2, 2010 05:04 PM

I did a little research into militia groups on the web. My impression was that the numbers are growing. I think the passage of the Obama bill was bad enough, but the manner in which it was shoved down our throats really set off a spark. Many are beginning to see that their opinions are not being considered with this Washington group. Or for that manner, any of the politicians. Consdier that we sent the Republicans to Washington in the 80's with the clear message to reduce the government. They didn't even give it a try!

I think history shows that when you get to this point with your government, you either go along like a good sheep or you fight. The ballot does not seems to work. These people are clearly on the margin, but their concerns and frustrations are very real for all of us.

Posted by: David at April 2, 2010 05:06 PM

Stop lumping birthers in with the real nuts. People who want to see an original hard copy birth certificate are a far cry from those who think the government conspired to kill thousands of Americans to have an excuse to kill even more people. You may not agree with the birthers, but they just want a piece of paper for crying out loud.

Posted by: Jayne at April 2, 2010 10:53 PM

So the FBI is not concerned about this particular group, it only the morons out there who will somehow get the idea that it would be a good thing to remove governors from their offices. Pleeeezzeee. Give me a break. Are we so gullible that we will act like liberals and start violence over something as stupid as this. Just in case a libtard is reading this, "NO WE AREN'T."

Posted by: TimothyJ at April 2, 2010 11:03 PM