State Police investigate extremist anti-Baldacci letters

Posted April 02, 2010, at 2:49 p.m.

AUGUSTA — An intelligence note obtained by The Associated Press is warning police officials that an anti-government group’s call to remove dozens of sitting governors may encourage others to act out violently.

A group that calls itself the Guardians of the free Republics says on its Web site that it has a plan to “restore America” by peacefully dismantling parts of the government.

An internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security says that as of March 31, more than 30 governors, including Maine Gov. John Baldacci, have received letters demanding they leave office within three days or they will be removed. Maine State Police are investigating.

Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group’s message, but fear the broad call for removing top state officials could inspire others to act out violently.