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. Michael

    Don't arrest the extremist group..
    they probably have very valid points! lol

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

    Tea party, huh?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sideline Observer

    Is this news or is this an internet rumor? What happened to who what when where why and how?

    Starting stopwatch to see how long until it becomes some right wing TEA Party tie-in...

    April 2, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Oh Plaleez

    WHAT?!?! are you sure its not Al-Quida ??

    April 2, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. mitchell j wnorowski

    I demand that all hysterical rightwingers turn in their citizenship papers and exit the country immediately!!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    What do these "extremist" groups call themselves?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. william

    Why are they being called extremists?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. rocklobster

    Where have the values of freedom and acceptance and the power of the vote gone. The great document, tough not perfect, was written as the guide our country would use to power on the concepts of peace, having different ideas and being safe to have them, all of the things we have all taken part in.

    Even the writer/s behind this who sent the letters to these governors cane only do so because of the same concept of this Republic has given them, and also by the blood shed by so many of our brave citizens over the short history of this country. It is like they would rather they want a theocracy and that their way is the only way. The nutrition of our country is that we all can have such differences and know that we will be safe, for if there is one things that this nation's population understands and it is the various amendments and the Constitution itself. Not perfect, but we are a young nation, we have to give it a fair try of four or 500 years, at the least.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. nate

    To extremist groups, you don't like it here then please leave and don't bother the rest of us because we have too many real issues to deal with right now.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mario

    Shouldn't they be used to getting these types of letters? if they want to run for office they should be prepared with what comes along with that.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    It doesn't say the groups were "tea baggers". I might expect it to be the opposite since more than likely it is groups that are targeting the States that are sueing to stop health care. Maybe a liberal professor from the U of Chicago that has admitted blowing up police cars and government buildings?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. lj

    Yes, we want FREEDOM. However, we don't want duly elected Governors to serve. It appears the freedom we want comes directly from the way the KGB operated in the old Soviet Union.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    Why is everybody so sure the extremists are right wing affiliated?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Carl

    Why is everyone assuming these are right-wing nuts? Do we think there is no crazy left-wing?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jim kowas

    Obama said nobody's pulling the plug on granny the same day they cut medicare payments by 21%. This will cause a lot of seniors to die so who needs death panels,

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