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. Rich

    Let's see if both the Dems and the Repugnicans can comdemn this!

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

    yeah because all those governors resigning would totally help this country. i swear some people in this world are just completely unbelievable. We should find them and put them in jail because there a threat to this country.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. john

    and also adding, nate makes a perfect point, if you don't like it here, go live somewhere else

    April 2, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. independent

    It sounds like they sent letters to the thirty or so governors who will not challenge the Health Care bill in court. Hmmm. I wonder if they are on the left or the right?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Yes, Arnold, It's called tea party. Extreme isn't the word with them, it's called idiots.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    There probably are some that should resign but to go about it this way....these people are nuts.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. cindy

    This is rediculous. I am sick and tired of the LOUD minority making demands. The majority of the people voted for Obama – otherwise hje would not be in office. The country needs change and most of us do not want to "go back" to the BUSH years.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Roland

    I trust American legal system. Those lunatics will face justice

    April 2, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. J Dub

    I love how you will automatically find people who call these idiots Republicans. That is the problem with Democrats... they are always pointing fingering and blaming themselves. First of all, the clear majority of young people in our military are Republican, the president who freed the slaves was Republican, and the President who brought the end of the Cold War was Republican. Liberals use a facade of compassion and big hearts when many of them are just judgmental and think they're better than everyone else.

    My father was a truck driver and I grew up in a blue collar part of Chicago. I now make more than $200K per year because I worked hard for it. Only in America does this happen frequently.... class movement doesn't happen in Asia and Europe. I don't want anyone helping me, especially the government, and that feels great.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Woody

    They are the first to want free medical treatment if they get sick or injured. No matter if we have to pay for insurance or not.. All taxpayers end up having to pay for the uninsured. I did not have insurance when I had a simple kidney stone. The cost was 15,000.00. I did pay for it. Then I got Blue Cross blue shield insurance. A 5,000,000.00 policy. Got injured in a car accident. Car accident was not my fault. Blue Cross Blue Shield canceled my policy. Just as soon as I started going for medical treatment.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. nonsense


    What's the difference between what you're accusing Republicans of and what Democraps tried to do to the Bush Administration?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Somoria Yabusiness

    Wow, all the clairvoyant people on here. The story does not mention any party affiliation yet all these psychics assume it is a conservative group. Amazing.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. DP2010

    Say no or resign, then. What a bunchy of cry babies.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. rrhloe

    Appears the only comment that has any merit is Jack's. "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 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mark A.

    Hmmm...I see an awful lot of fingers being pointed. This article doesn't say who wrote them, but Teabaggers and Republicans are getting the blame. Let's be logical folks. Once again, Media hype.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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