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Posted 11 Apr 2010 at 18:49 PM by spanner

Guardians of the free Republics looked to Gandhi, King, and Mandela

The Guardians of the free Republic's stated desire was to peacefully and nonviolently 'restore' America to a pre-1933 form of government. But why would 50 governors step down at their request? In the wings, the group insinuated, waited the military.
Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / April 3, 2010

The Guardians of the free Republics wants to strip Washington of its ability to tax citizens' income while dismantling the FBI and other agencies. But could the group's rhetoric incite violence?
In a recent plea, Sam Kennedy, a "guardian elder" of the Guardians of the free Republics, warned the modern-day "original government" revolutionaries to approach their March 31 "Restore America Plan" with Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Mohandas Gandhi in mind. "We would simply like to urge patriots everywhere to champion their faith instead of force, and allow The Restore America Plan an uneventful 30 to 60 days for visible implementation which will ultimately end the bogus prosecutions and terrorist activities once and for all," wrote Kennedy recently. The FBI failed to understand the Guardians' peaceful intentions.A letter by Mr. Kennedy to all 50 governors demanding they step down within three days or be removed contained an implicit threat and could be a cause, the FBI worried, for incitement for others to take action against the government. Actively recruiting across the country in the last few months and promoted on a Texas radio station, the Guardians of the free Republics believe the US government is a corporate imposter put in place by corrupt bankers as part of the New Deal in 1933. Going back to 'original' form of government

In essence, their "plan" seeks a return to de jure, or original, governance, stripping Washington of its ability to tax citizens' income and dismantling agencies such as the FBI. The Anti-Defamation League says "sovereign citizen" groups wage war against authority using "paper terrorism," but rarely resort to violence. And although the Guardians lay out an interesting legal theory arcane federal law and how it's interpreted is core to the sovereign citizen movement the idea that they could quietly, and, as they suggest, without ridicule, work behind the scenes to slide America back nearly a century seems, in retrospect, folly. So far, a number of Guardians have emerged. Kennedy, a Texas radio-show host, was interviewed for two hours on Friday by the FBI, but not arrested. Another "elder" listed is Tom Schaults, who runs clinics on "attorney repellant technology." And a third is the owner of the Guardians website, Clive Boustred, whom Mother Jones describes as "a British-educated former South African soldier with an apparent knack for 'anti-terrorist warfare.'" The appearance of Mr. Boustred in the mix may give some clue to the assertion by the Guardians that they had an agreement with "the military" to support their quiet coup. The Los Angeles Times writes that the "group's philosophy mingles with the anti-Federal Reserve mantra espoused by followers of US Rep. Ron Paul of Texas as well as with anti-tax advocates."But while a return to constitutional ideals is what much of the conservative tea party movement is about, experts say the Guardians are a different animal altogether. They can be primarily traced to the anti-IRS Posse Comitatus movement of the 1980s, and their modern iteration is, if not non-partisan, anti-partisan.
A mix of left and right

"Traditionally, critique of the IRS has come from the right, such as the Christian patriot movement, but [sovereign citizen] movements also invoke a lot of left-wing ideas like anti-capitalism that are consistent with the times and the downturn in the economy, where people may have property liens against them," says George Michael, an expert on political extremism at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. The alleged threats against US governors come at a tense time. In February, disgruntled tax protester Joseph Stack flew his single-engine plane into an IRS office in Austin. And last week, nine members of an anti-government militia, the Hutaree, were arrested in the Midwest. But instead of misery, the Guardians promised a new kind of largesse could have been in store if the group had succeeded in its quiet coup this week. "Everything is going to be orderly and no one is going to be harmed in this movement," Guardians member Billy Ray Hall told the Los Angeles Times. "It's going to be really good. There's going to be funds enough for everybody."

Guardians of the free Republics: Could threats spark violence?

More than 30 US governors have received subtly threatening letters from a group called Guardians of the free Republics. Investigators fear the broad call for removing top state officials could inspire others to act out violently.

Subtle threats against dozens of US governors by a Texas-based group called Guardians of the free Republics could be enough to spark violence in a tense and polarized country, the FBI says. This week's threats against at least 30 governors are another example of antigovernment sentiments making waves in the United States in recent months. As of Wednesday, governors including Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican had received letters demanding they leave office within three days or be forcibly removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Associated Press. Local newspapers have reported heightened security at several state capitols. Investigators say they do not see threats of violence in the message sent by the Guardians of the free Republics, but they fear the broad call for removing top state officials could inspire others to act out violently. Fear of words turning to violence has been a theme in national discourse since the healthcare-reform vote. Last week, several Democratic lawmakers said they were threatened or attacked over passage of healthcare reform. Tensions heightened as Republican leaders fought back against suggestions that they were somehow responsible. In addition, a Philadelphia man has been charged with threatening the life of Rep. Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia and his family. The arrests this week of suspected members of the Hutaree militia in Michigan have also put law enforcement and many Americans on edge. Earlier this year, Joseph Stack drew attention to antigovernment sentiments when he crashed a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. The Guardians of the free Republics is a group that has been associated with the sovereign-citizen movement. "Sovereign citizen extremists are individuals who reject all forms of government authority and believe they are emancipated from the responsibilities with being a U.S. Citizen," the FBI told the Des Moines Register. "These extremists advocate for their views through the use, support and facilitation of violence or other illegal conduct." The sovereign-citizen movement doesn't necessarily follow political party lines. Mr. Stack, for example, criticized President Bush in his antigovernment screed published before his death. The Guardians of the free Republics website proclaims a "Restore American Plan" that includes a "bold achievable strategy for behind-the-scenes peaceful reconstruction of the de jure institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war." Michael Barkun is author of "A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America." He says, "In terms of the Guardians of the free Republics, I would see this group as a group that is alienated from the political system and, therefore, is completely outside of partisan affiliations of any kind." Adds Mr. Barkun, who is a political scientist at Syracuse University in New York: “These are people who essentially organize around deviant legal doctrine, conceptions of the Constitution, and legal system that are at complete variance with even highly conservative conceptions of the Constitution and the law." A key figure in the sovereign-citizen movement is Sam Kennedy, host of the "Take No Prisoners” program on Republic Broadcasting Network in Round Rock, Texas. In a mass e-mail two months ago, Mr. Kennedy vowed to use his show to present a "final remedy to the enslavement at the hands of corporations posing as legitimate government." He pointed to a plan to "end economic warfare and political terror by March 31, 2010.” In two months, he said, “we can and WILL, BE FREE with your assistance."

ATLANTA The man at the center of the Guardians of the free Republics is Texas talk-show host Sam Kennedy and he's already gotten a Texas radio station in hot water as law enforcement reacted rapidly to what has been construed as a direct threat to all 50 US governors. Mr. Kennedy "is the focal point of this, these guardians. He was in the mix in setting this whole thing up, and he's up to his eyeballs in this Restore America project," says John Stadtmiller, who runs Republic Broadcasting Network based in Round Rock, Texas, which broadcasts Kennedy's weekly "Take No Prisoners" show. Restore America project, as articulated on the Guardians of the free Republics website, is part screed, part call to action to depose an illegitimate government in favor of restoring the people's "common law." The website describes it as "a war college restoration strategy for regaining control [of government in the states] quietly, efficiently and quickly without provoking controversy, ridicule, violence or civil war." It purports to have military backing for a takeover. On Friday afternoon, Mr. Stadtmiller, reached by phone, said, "I talked to Kennedy a half-hour ago and ... I told him I'm getting a lot of heat, that you stirred the pot here, and that your plan for how to deal with the media and let them know what is going on has failed miserably." The FBI interviewed Kennedy for two hours Friday but did not arrest him, Stadtmiller says. The interview focused on two shows Kennedy did two months ago about the Restore America project, in which Kennedy set a March 31 deadline as the day we "begin to reclaim the continent." The letters mailed to the governors were part of that plan, confirms Stadtmiller. In the first of two one-hour programs, Kennedy intoned: "I'm dedicating tonight's program to all … the men and women who have suffered these many years at the hands of a corporation gone crazy, to people's homes invaded by SWAT teams, guns pointed at the heads of children by agents of a corporate state acting in territorial capacity outside normal constitutional limitations on the land of your forefathers." The FBI has not released the letters. The bureau said they contain no direct threat but asserted that their implied threat to governors could serve to spark lone-wolf violence. In response, several states increased capitol security Friday. All entrances except the main doors were closed at the Nevada capitol. Republic Broadcasting Network is well known to those who study extremism, as well as to the FBI. It's a rabble-rousing station that trafficks in conspiracy theories part of a long-standing American tradition of underground radio. But post-9/11, such radio stations walk a tighter rope as law enforcement has more leeway prosecuting speech that incites violence, says George Michael, a political scientist and extremism expert at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. "My understanding is that speech only becomes a basis for prosecution … when it becomes the basis for an incitement to imminent lawless actions, and that depends obviously on establishing links between what might be said on the radio," says Professor Michael. "The difficulty in prosecution is drawing links between talk and action." Stadtmiller says the FBI agents told Kennedy, in essence, "We know you're not a threat, but we spent millions of dollars guarding [governors]. The next time you do something like this, give us a heads up. Don’t waste our time and money." For his part, Stadtmiller says he would have pulled Kennedy's show immediately "if there was any indication of violence." Mr. Stadtmiller advertises Republic as a "truth radio station" and says it's "designed for peaceful resolution to problems we're facing." Republican Broadcasting Network is a satellite, shortwave, and Internet radio station that features 31 shows with names like "Cutting Through the Matrix," "Govern America," and "Road Warrior Radio." It has loose ties to the American Free Press newspaper, which Michael calls "the most important newspaper of the radical right."

Early 14c., "fragment, strip of cloth," from northern England dialectal variant of O.E. Screade (see shred). Meaning "lengthy speech" is first recorded 1789, from notion of reading from a long list.
SENTINEL EDITORIAL: The Guardians of the free Republics want the governor to step down 4-04-2010
If this were another time say, back before a man with a personal tax problem crashed his airplane into a federal building in Texas, and before a militia group in Michigan apparently began planning an elaborate attack on police officials we would dismiss the Guardians of the free Republics as a drinking club for disaffected dropouts. The organization could well be just that, harmless to everyone but its own members’ health. Consider, after all, its rambling “Restore America Plan,” a point-by point strategy of renewal that imagines the return of the nation’s soul through the elimination of car registrations, tax forms, birth certificates, property deeds and other tools of government. But given the recent context of dangerous nutty behaviors in the land, and given the group’s letters to the nation’s governors last week warning of forced removals from office if they didn’t voluntarily step down, the organization has to be taken seriously. The threat to governors was wholesale, and did not identify anything particularly egregious that, for example, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch may have done to injure his constituents or damage the republic. The demand that he leave office was no more substantive than the self-serving jibberish spouted by Ed and Elaine Brown, the tax cheats who holed up in Plainfield in the name of personal liberty, guns at the ready, before being apprehended and sent to prison.

Here’s a sample from the grand plan:

“The Restore America Plan is a bold achievable strategy for behind-the-scenes peaceful reconstruction of the de jure institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war. After consultation with high ranking members of the United States armed forces, the Plan is in the process of assembling the Guardians of the Free Republics and reinhabiting the De jure Grand Juries...” By the time this editorial appears, more will be known about the Guardians of the free Republics and its obsessions. And, the group will likely be in political play a subject of free-wheeling alleged association with this or that political party or candidate. Where all that will lead is anybody’s guess. But one thing is sure: The investigation of this group for its directives to governors will consume time, money and energy that otherwise could be more productively spent in a million ways. Some people, of course, will be thrilled at such a consequence, just as hackers find personal enjoyment in destroying other people’s computers. But there’s nothing productive in that; all public figures, even those who may agree with some of the survivalist organization’s beliefs, ought to denounce the group immediately, lest any other wacky group get any ideas.

Alex Jones Prison Planet April 7, 2010
The Infamous “Letter to the Governors”

Keith Johnson
Revolt of the Plebs
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Last week, members of an organization calling themselves “Guardians of the Free Republics” made headlines when they were identified as the group responsible for circulating an alleged “threatening” letter to at least 30 State Governors. Mainstream coverage of the story conjured up images of a shadowy league of outlaws “Storming the Bastille” and decapitating the heads of state. Talking heads put on their “serious face” as they marched out the usual cast of twits and fear-mongers to comment on a letter that they’d never seen and defame an organization they’d never heard of. One such loud mouth is Brian Levin, nephew of SPLC co-founder Joe Levin and Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University. In a recent CNN interview, Levin stated, “This organization, Guardians of the Free Republics, adheres to part of something called the sovereign citizen movement or the state citizen movement. They believe that there are two types of citizens: free-born white white Christians, and 14th Amendment citizens, who are people like African-Americans, et cetera. “It consists of people who are not just for low taxes but people who want to opt out of government. And they believe that they have their own sovereign authority and don’t have to pay taxes and could demand that corrupt officials resign or they’ll bring them into their own court system.” Really? If Levin had done his research, he’d have to admit that this group bears no resemblance to the “sovereign citizens” movement whatsoever. How would he know? How can he comment on a letter that he’d never read? I don’t profess to know anything at all about the “Guardians of the Free Republic” but I do know that the following transcript, which I made from a recent audio recording by its apparent author–Sam Kennedy, reveals that they have nothing in common with the “sovereign citizens” movement that I’ve come to know and have fundamental disagreements with. I reserve judgment on this particular group until I have a chance to research them further. But in the meantime, I invite you to judge for yourself by reading the only copy of the so-called “Letter to the Governors” that is currently available on the World Wide Web. Remember, this is a transcript I made from an audio recording. Punctuation and capitalization are my best dead reckoning.
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The Sovereign People of the United States of America

De Jour Grand Juries of the American Republics held in original jurisdiction on the land of the United States of America convened March 24, 2010

Confidential dispatch for the Governor’s eyes-only

With great pleasure, the De Jour Grand Juries of the 53 American Republics, in comity with the well-regulated Guardians of the Free Republics, duly assembled in all 50 jurisdictions, have the honor of making your acquaintance, and issuing the attached warrant for the arrest of your bond. We have notified the Depository Trust Company, where each of these public official’s bonds is being held on deposit, and the Government Securities Division of the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation, a division of the Depository Trust Clearing Corporation. You are no longer insured to act in a de facto corporate capacity. The offices are now reabsorbed into the original De Jour capacity on the land, following the law of the land, respecting the Constitution. You can longer make it up as you go. You can no longer make up executive orders imposing your will on the people. It is back to real law, not admiralty fiction. The people are no longer protected against your misdeeds–by your bond. All of your actions are now underwritten, either by the people’s bond to protect them against accidents and misdeeds, or they can rely upon all of their own property and future labor. As of this day, the office of Governor, in each of the 50 incorporated States is reabsorbed into the De Jour office of Governor of the respective Republics. The armed forces of the United States, duly presented with lawful De Jour authority, are overseeing the implementation of certain general orders pursuant to the attached “Declaration of Restoration”. As you may have heard, the Free American Republics and the De Jour United States of American Republic have been reinhabited by the sovereign people. As an operation of law, proper sovereign authority has been restored. You are now operating under the bond of the sovereign people and rightful freeholders on the land pursuant to Constitutional limitations. Each of the signatories to the said declaration have expressly, by that action, accepted the Constitution of their respective De Jour Republics and the Constitution for the United States of Americas c. 1787 as binding contracts upon you, thus memorializing their lawful standing and your duty to serve. With the burden of acting as a corporate agent under color of law lifted from your shoulders, this letter is intended to welcome you back to the brotherhood of mankind in the spirit of forgiveness. You and your children are free. The era of illicit corporations and banking cartels posed as legitimate governments is over.

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The people are committed to a peaceful, honorable and non-violent transition, which unfolds quietly behind the scenes as a mirror image reversal of the 1933 world coupe. It is the people’s intention, on behalf of your safety, that the general public be no more attuned to the return of their money, law and free holding than it was to their theft in 1933 under executive order 6102 and HJR192. For this reason, all the events described here under are classified top secret. That’s it or at least that’s all Kennedy has decided to reveal thus far. The FBI has not released this letter to the general public and probably won’t. I guess they feel it’s better that the public be subjected to the tall tales, allegations and speculation of a media intent on demonizing the patriot community as a whole. Why Kennedy doesn’t want to post this letter in its entirety and lower the veil of secrecy is his business. Me? I’ll take whatever I can get. I’m patient…I can wait. Thanks, Mr. Kennedy…NOW WHERE’S THE REST OF IT!!!
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