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. An Open Mind

    Wow, sure are alot of people here jumping to the conclusion that these people are "right wing extremists" and so on. Funny how it said nothing about that in news story, or even what states governors were targeted.

    I say to all you people who jump to these conclusions to look in the mirror, your own bigotry and closed mindedness is the root of the same problems you rail against. Keep and open mind and the country will be better for it.

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

    It is interesting to observe that the American Left is now mis-characterizing the compliants and demonstrations from the Right in the manner of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon against the Left in the early '1970's. Both Dems and Repugs seem to blow off the First Amendment on a regular basis if it suits their political purposes.

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

    Which Governors? What Extremist Group?...then the article states that DHS and FBI see no credible threat. Yet it's a top story.

    This sounds like a made-up, fake crock of crap. Everyday for the last couple of weeks, there is SUDDENLY a trend of right-wing, Timothy McVeigh-type groups being indicted or investigated. Really? All of the sudden this is true?

    CNN, either report specifics or don't report at all. Your credibility is at an all time low because of stories like this.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sharon Yeates

    What did they do to earn the lable "extremist"? Did they make threats? I think sending the demand is a waste of time and energy, but I don't think that makes them "extremist".

    April 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jon Indie

    "The Des Moines Register is reporting that Gov. Chet Culver is one several governors around the country to receive letters from a “sovereign citizens’ extremist group” demanding their resignation.

    The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have advised Culver and law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities. So far there has been no direct threat of violence, but the FBI is warning that these types of groups typically “advocate for their views through the use, support, and facilitation of violence or other illegal conduct.”

    The FBI apparently believes governors in all 50 states may be getting similar letters telling them to resign and swear allegiance to a right-wing group planning to “commandeer” state offices."

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

    Please make note that Democrats occupy only 26 governors offices in the United States, 28 if including territories. Alternatively, 24 (26 with territories) governors are Republican. All but 12 will either retire or be otherwise up for re-election this year.

    With "more than 30" recipients, we are talking about Republicans getting letters as well as Democrats, no matter who is sending them.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jared

    Since the governors who got the letter were republican, the republican extremists are trying to force out their own governors, I think not, its the left wing and their extremists who are trying to ruin this country.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    If this were an Al-Qeada things they'd have been thrown in jail by now. If they wanna try and play with the big boys, let's treat them as enemy combatants and/or traitors. They're fighting against the very government that allows their precious 2nd amendment to remain. Seems sorta self-defeating, no?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. ha1ku

    What's "extreme" about writing a letter to a governor demanding resignation? Is this really about the fact that the same letter was sent to 30 different governors?

    OK how about someone send 30 letters demanding re-election to 30 other governors? Great job! Stay in office! Would it make the same headlines then?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fuzzydonut

    There's a misconception among many of these comments–Republicans as a whole aren't doing this. Extremist (as the title states) are behind this stupidity. In today's Western society, nothing will be accomplished without compromise, and a completely extreme assumption in either direction is foolish and impractical. Republicans aren't responsible for this–extremists who live in the past are.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    I see nothing wrong with people sending letters to public officials asking them to resign. The only peaceful way to get someone out of office is to vote them out. They might not have specified they were referring to voting, but come on, what other method that is peaceful do you think they referring too?

    On their website they state a list of demands, which include the restoration of the constitution and the amendments – which are already law, just ignored by politicians on a daily basis.

    And they end the list by this statement: "And we will accomplish all of that – with your help – BEHIND THE SCENES, lawfully, peacefully, without violence and without risking civil war."

    No where on their website do I see them advocate violence.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Upset

    You can't educate people like the funeral protesters, Tea Baggers,etcetera. Their minds are made up. Just hope that the majority of citizens understand the law, decent morals, and the difference between freedom and license. They don't read blogs from normal people. Keep up the good comments.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    I'm sorry. I didn't see Republicans in this article. I didn't see Tea Party in this article. There are extremest on every side almost any cause. When someone shouts down President Obama or Carl Rove we should be equally upset. Without free discourse of thoughts and ideas there is not Democracy. When that happens then we slip down into the realm of extremist taking center stage. Hysterical right wingers stay in the country and hysterical left wingers stay in the country, but all of you talk to each other.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. W

    I'm certainly not a TEA party sympathizer, but this sounds more like the work of tax protester groups that have been around for years and years. The "de jure courts" in particular (it's nonsense, but that's the lingo these groups tend to use).

    CNN, it would be really nice if you would give us more information. This isn't a very newsy news story.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mimi

    Another Democratic ploy to make folks think that Republicans are behind this.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
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