April 2nd, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Extremist group demands governors resign

A domestic extremist group has sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors demanding they resign, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said in an intelligence note.

The note, dated Monday, said the letters told the governors to vacate their posts within three days.

DHS and the FBI said there do not appear to be credible or immediate threats of violence attached to the letters.

The group behind the letters has a "Restore America Plan" that calls for the removal of any governor who fails to comply, the intelligence note said.

While DHS has no information that the removal refers to a specific plan for violence, "law enforcement should be aware that this could be interpreted as a justification for violence or other criminal actions," the note said.

Other steps in the group's plan include "establishing bogus courts, calling of 'de jure' grand juries, and issuing so-called 'legal orders' to gain control of the state," the note said.

Gov. Jim Gibbons of Nevada was among those who received the letters.

His chief of staff, Robin Reedy, told CNN the governor received one letter Monday, and three more Wednesday, one of those by fax. The group behind the letters does not believe there should be a federal government, Reedy said.

The letters were not handwritten, but did have some handwritten signatures, Reedy told CNN Thursday.

The office had been warned in advance to be on the lookout for the letter, she said.

Gibbons' office stepped up security at the capitol in Carson City after receiving the letters. Everyone had to enter through one entrance, and an X-ray machine and metal detector were brought in. Boulders were placed in front of the capitol so vehicles could not drive close to the building.

The governor had not seen the letters himself, because he had been in Las Vegas for a few days, Reedy said Thursday.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve and Carol Cratty contributed to this report.

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  1. CHANGE.COM

    These nut cases should be found and sent behind bars for a logn time. If you believe a governor isn't doign a good job, vote them out. Stop this madness, fools!

    April 2, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    So? Send a letter back and reply, No.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Everyone's Child

    Man the Republicans have spiraled down into a pit of evil, virulent people with hate spewing from their mouths like sewer from a broken pipe.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Northroader

      Gee, I didn't see the word republican in that article? I read extremest group! That could be anyone.

      April 2, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tyler

    What is their extreme cause and why should the governers resign? What is the consequence if these governers do not resign? What sort of cities are they targeting?

    April 2, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Arnold Thompson

    Sounds a lot like the way terrorists in other countries operate.Do we have the equivalent of the Al Qaeda here? Are these radical right wing nuts?

    April 2, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    which governors?

    April 2, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ed

    Well the nut cases are active yet again!! You know we have a great electoral system. Every 4 years state and local you have the opportunity to but you mouth out to the voters to choose people who they feel reflect the values of the area. Process is not perfect but it has worked since the nation was formed.

    These people who claim some divine wisdom or extraordinary understanding of the national culture, economy should travel the world to find out first hand we live in a great nation. Use the ballot box not the threat of harm as the tool for change.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Josephus

    The Republicans and their extremist allies have fostered a climate of fear, hate, and anger. This is not to be taken lightly. Violent words often lead to violent action. What the Republicans and their extremist elements want is a right-wing takeover of this country. The first step is to deligitimize the Obama Administration; the second step not to cooperate on any legislation; the third step is to take over the House, Senate, and Presidency by any means necessary. These people are dangerous!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jane

    What good is this newstory? You didn't post the note nor a list of states that got it. Or reven a paragraph on domestic terror groups!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. kayaker247

    those silly teabaggers.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. randyb idabel ok.

    democracy is a great thing,but some folks take it to extreme!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sean

    Ah, the Tea Party shows its true flavors.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathan

    Really, that's all there is? A story about a movie star's date would have been three times as along. What is the name of the extremist group? Are they local to one place or do they have members all over the country? Which 30 state governments received the letters?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeremy

    Good headline cnn, how about a story?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. dave

    This doesn't seem like a very extreme thing for an extremist group to do. I mean what proof do we have that they are extreme? Is there video of them surfing naked with hungry sharks or sky-diving without parachutes? Or are they extreme because they happen to disagree with the mainstream? Last time I checked that wasn't a crime, in fact that was very American. All joking aside it is refreshing to see a group try to work with the system and voice their opinions in a non violent way. After all, there could have been bombs in those letters.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
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