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. Jerry - Florida

    Where is President NObama's, Plastic Pelosi's, Senile Reed's, etc., etc., letters???

    I will be on the look out!!!

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

    Under this definition, a rather large portion of the population would qualify as "domestic extremists". Simply sending a letter to a politician, demanding that they resign (presumably for one or more alleged reasons) is an act of domestic extremism? Citizens regularly send such messages to politicians; both incumbents and challengers. I think the event is called an "election".

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    The Sons of Liberty did the same type of stuff but we call them "Patriots" and "Founding Fathers". What does it mean?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    Nice to see lots of folks jumping to their partisan conclusions. Not one word in the write-up alludes to the ideology of the group or of its demands, yet look how many comments here tack this on the GOP or Tea Partiers. Somehow it has escaped these folks' attention that the only verified threat to a public figure following the healthcare monstrosity was to Eric Cantor, REPUBLICAN, by a whack-job liberal.

    Nutjobs are nutjobs, and there ought to be bipartisan support for mocking them ruthlessly. Unfortunately, I don't recall the Left getting wound up about any of the nutty jerks dominating protests during GW Bush's terms. Nor do I recall any public condemnation from the Left of the vile garbage that Pelosi & Reid routinely spew (likening tea party protestors to Nazis, for example).

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Treezuz

    Jump to conclusions. It said nothing about the political affiliation of this group. It could have been some crazy tree huggin group or PETA for all we know. So what they sent them a letter to resign. Big deal.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anonymous

    Come on, people – was there any mention that this extremist group was connected to the Republican party or the Tea Party movement? Nah. For all we know it could be coming from within our Democratic side. Don't call it until you see it.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Antwoine of Atlanta

    Call it like you see it... and in the words of George W. Bush... "The U.S. does not negotiate with terrorist".

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gatorgirl

    How hypocritical these posts are.. The very thing you condemn you do yourself. How is it that when there are a very few cases of extremist behavior, all of a sudden the liberals clump all Republicans in one bag with these creeps? What happened to tolerance of different views, what a broad brush is used these days? It is this type of mindset that should be feared not our democracy...

    April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Boris

    Tea anyone?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Most of you are a bunch of morons! Where does it say the extremist groups that sent these letters were Republican, Democrat, Muslim or ? It didn't and you're all assuming. People likeyou are the real morons. In addition, the article didn't mention the states or what party the govenors belonged to! For all you know it could've been a bunch of those pyscho progressive liberals targeting Repubs as easily as a bunch of right-wingers targeting dems. Never assume...

    April 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Amazed

    So – this story doesn't tell us anything, and ignorant people are assuming its the Republicans or "Tea baggers". It just says a letter demands they resign, but doesn't say they are threatening violence. In fact, it says there is no threats in the letters.

    Its not a problem asking people to resign if you don't like the job they are doing, right? Do shareholders that demand a CEO resign get labeled as extremists?

    You people getting worked up – please read first, understand what's there and what's not, and then THINK!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Caleb

    The GOP has become the party of Hate, Fear, and Distortion. Nothing Positive. The GOP is now reaping what it sows. Where are the moderate voices in the GOP? Looks like they are all being replaced by teabagger wingnuts. It is time for moderate Republicans to take back their party from these wackos.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. olol

    "Are these radical right wing nuts?"

    Actually, early reports indicate that it's DEEZ NUTS.


    April 2, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. all of america

    Just more obama demacratic propaganda

    April 2, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    vote them out? do you realize how many stupid people vote in this country? How do you think obama won presidency? People that knew nothing about his policies or history voted for him based on charisma.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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