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. Stew

    Where are all these "anti-government" people when the Republicans are in office? Why don't they want to burn down the machine then? Hypocritical neanderthals, the lot of them.

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

    CIA play with fire,eventuelly born by the fire.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. gary

    Where does it say anything about which party the group belonged to? Where does it say they were "teabaggers". For all we know they could have been Democrates. Just because some nuts don't like the way things are going doesn't make them a teabagger or a republican.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. J Dub

    Well said Jack... not all terrorists are Republics, they are in fact demented and mentally unstable. Oh no..... there are tea bag parties forming because people are fed up with government's ineptitude (republican and democrat). Isn't that what liberals fight so hard for? Freedom of Speech.... just watch what you say huh?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Beano

    Where in this story does it say anything about political affiliations? People need to stop jumping to conclusions and THINK!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mack

    We need to do what we did in Iraq. Start on the east coast and finish on the west coast.
    I am talking about sending in the US Military and cleaning this country of ours up. It would take some doing but I do think we can get it done. Also we should vote some party members. When I say clean up I do mean terrorist and big drug dealers it seems that local law cannot take care of the problem. Next stop Mexico.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    @jack 10:11am – There are only 13 states suing against the health insurance reform. And those letters would be sent to the states' attorney generals not the governors. Seems like we all want to blame without knowing what happened.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. john hiohn

    Does that group's name initials start with R and end with C ? or is it the army of tea baggers head(less) ed by the maniac idiotic Sarah?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. jj

    Yes, we are SERIOUS! And we're going to hold our breath until they quit! (Like Palin did)
    I guess they will hold their breath until they turn redder (not blue).

    April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Radio Free San Jose

    Here's the problem.

    Did anyone see todays jobs report? 166,000 added, highest in 3 years?

    Yes, this is the reason for the right wing fear. Now that the health care bill has passed, and jobs are being created, and although slowly, the economy has somewhat stabilized, the RIGHT is scared to death that in November, the party is over again for them, since American's are starting to see that Obama is doing his job.

    As usual, they send attack dogs into the media (especially Sarah Palin) to spend the up and coming months to the mid-term elections to try and rile people up who aren't stupid enough to not think for themselves, and take their facts through hype and lies.

    I hope the RIGHT get's a butt slapping this fall, maybe it will teach them to work for the American people for a change.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. VERNIS ROBERTSON

    This is the party that some American want running this country. Never seen thos kind out hate from a political party in my life.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Wendy

    Both democrats and republicans received these threats. There are more informative articles on other news sites...

    April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. franco

    Why is everyone jumping to the conclusion this is "Republican" or "Tea Party" instigated? I don't assume when folks burn effigies of Bush or Cheney that by default they must be Democrats. For that matter, why are they even right wing? They could be communists. Call a loon, a loon. Parties are for the birds...

    April 2, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    What makes everyone think this is right wing republicans? There are only 22 governors that are democrat and 28 republicans. Seems like PETA, ACORN, or some Enviro terrorists sent letters to 28 Republican governors and 2 centrist Democrats. – Bob

    April 2, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Colorado14er

    This is more blather from CNN to try and smear people in general that disapprove of this administration. The stragem is to publish every conceivable occurrence of dissent with the government and try to convince the public that ALL of their fellow citizens who don't like the current direction are extremists, and therefore people they want to avoid, therefore citizens should avoid criticism of the government's policies and drop out of the conversation. And this is awful journalism. You don't even identify the group, who they are, where they are, or anything else. Or did Axelrod's memo to you not specify that? The lack of specificity indicates you just want to use the word "extremist" and not give us any details from which we can ourselves judge.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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