When I first read the story, I assumed the letters were a hoax perpetrated by the kind of geek who creates chain e-mails warning of phony computer viruses. The name "Guardians of the Free Republics" has a vaguely sci-fi/fantasy air about it. I figured that the geek in question wanted to finally create a hoax that his grandparents would hear about.
However, the letters are now being connected to Texas radio host Sam Kennedy. The manager of Republic Broadcasting Network, John Stadtmiller, is not amused.
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."Congratulations, Mr. Kennedy. In a week that saw the arrests of several Midwestern militia wing-nuts plotting to murder police officers in order to spark violent insurrection, you've managed to make right-wing insurrectionists look ridiculous and incompetent again rather than dangerous and scary.
You know, your letters might have been taken a little more seriously if you hadn't sent them so close to April Fools' Day. I'm just sayin'.