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. K

    Let's not start blaming blindly!

    In a democracy, people have a right to make such demands. This particular group just needs to get enough signatures to back up that demand. Something tells me they don't have that many signatures. LOL

    I wish people would have had this kind of "enthusiasm" when Bush and Cheney were trying to turn America into a Corporatocracy.

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

    It's amazing how polarized this country has become. There seems to be freaks on the far left and the far right. When Bush was in power there were leftist freaks everywhere and now when Obama is in power you have those who want some sort of armed revolution. The main issue I see, as an emigrant, is that the populace doesn't know how government was designed. Free speech, freedom to assemble and freedom to choose your representative is core to America values. It seems to be that when government is controlled by either party there is corruption. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely! Limited government no matter who is in power is most benefit for the individual.

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

    There are currently 26 Dem and 24 Rep Governors, so it's not a threat on strictly party lines. Threats like this only serve to further polarize us. Publishing threats like this plays right into the hands of those seeking to polarize us. I expect this from FOX, not from CNN.

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

    So where is this note?

    Sounds like many of you have made up your mind these people are guilty?

    What people, where are they?

    Who sent the letter, where was it postmarked.

    Smells like another false flag. Lets see if CNN and the corp. controll media posts this!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. kite005

    Yeah they probably aren't teabaggers these guys are just a hair further right than teabaggers.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Timothy

    Obviously this story is about CNN trying to provide fodder for the left to stir up their vitriolic hate of dissenters. Read the comments. Look who is doing the labeling. CNN didn't need to provide who or what. You all are doing that for them. It amazes me how asleep and easily led people are. – Too lazy to get the facts for themselves. Thats Ok, CNN will tell you what to believe.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. walter

    My understanding is this group has broken no laws. As hard as the media is trying to make them look like terrorists, all they have done (so far) is conducted their free speech rights. So you can't lock them up as some have suggested. Even the FBI said they haven't made any threats of violence.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. John A.

    I bet these same extremists rant about how they hate terrorists.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    Why blame the right. I guess I'm a Teabagger but none of our guys bombed the Pentagon unlike the guys on the left (Ayers?) Why can't you just respectfully disagree with my views instead of trying to demonize us. We contribute as much as you do if not more. We just see government in a different light. How are you going to pull off your agenda if we don't contribute?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    You guys who jump to conclusions that the "extremists" are Republicans, get real!!! Are there not extremists among the Democrats? I'll say!! What is the story behind the headlines? Then we might all be better able to judge the merits of this event.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. David L.

    Well, if a governor isn't doing a good job, then he must be voted out. However, that solution takes months or years. If you hire someone to do some major work to your house, and you see you don't know what they're doing, how long do you have to wait to fire them? Do you "vote" them out? A governor who is doing a bad job should be fired immediately...

    April 2, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. pete.

    I believe the Gov of Vermont got one of these. He's a Republican, and decent guy. His office released no details, but security has been increased. I cannot think of any conservative group he would have irritated...must be someone else.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. jonthes

    Gee, 30 – isn't that the number of Democratic governors? Has anyone checked this didn't come from the offices of the RNC, though they are preoccupied with bondage strip clubs at the moment.

    I know what the polling is, but there may be a November surprise for the GOP. Extinction. They have no more moral authority than the terrorists they claim to despise but emulate in their verbal tactics.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Extremist views and beliefs are ruining this country. We are a nation where the moderates are the dominant group and until their voices can drown out the extremists, we will continue to watch hatred in this country flourish.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. carol

    Threats by the dregs of society. These people, and Palin, should be watched. Palin fuels the fire but claims she is against violence. These nuts are dumb enough to think their voice has any credibility.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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