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. J

    I'd like to know who were the 30 governors?

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

    OK. I am thinking that very soon we will be seeing a lot of extremists wanting to secede from the Union and form their own country. Since they hate the United States and don't wish to live under our rules of social order or live with people of color I am assuming this new country will be somewhere in the Great Plains. However, it is going to be interesting to watch them do it, since they will have to pay the US for water, electricity, road use taxes, natural gas, coal, and for all other services and utilities they will need, import duties, pass through our border check points, give up their US Citizenship or have dual citizenship. They will also probably lose their Social Security and welfare payments since they will be out of the US for an extended period of time. Of course they won't be building a school system so no worries there. I am assuming that giant churches will dot the landscape, and of course homes and businesses, if they can be successfully built by a lot of people who have never finished high school who don't know a building code from Adam's off ox. Hospitals and doctors offices will be in short supply of course since no one wants to be shot. The biggest challenge will be for these residents of "Newtopia" will be to do all of this work themselves without expecting Latinos or Blacks to do it for them for nothing like they do here.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    CNN doesn't want to give specifics because state Governors like the very conservative Governor of Utah got one... He is apposed to Obama care. In fact he is probably one of the most conservative republicans in office... That’s why CNN won't give details, and is why CNN is losing all viewers, they just don't report the news anymore they report DNC talking points. Funny all of you are against harsh rhetoric now, you must have never saw the libs burning bush in effigy and bricks going through the windows in Minnesota during the repub nat. convention.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    I also must say that if you are a Democrat this is the best news in a while. Jobs coming back, economic growth and now the right wing of the GOP is spreading it's wings and showing how crazy they really have become!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck B

    I hope they sent a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger. I am just kidding! What is up with the rise of extremist groups? I believe that there should be a law against politicians like Rep. Michelle Bachman who calls on the public to come arms against the very government she represents. I am not blaming her nor the Republicans for all extremist groups, nor promoting the infringement on a citizen's First Amendment Rights to speak out against government policy they disagree on, however when elected officials or a political party uses a kind of speech that incite civic violence (terrorism) then this should be consider the equivalent to yelling fire in a crowded theatre.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Guest

    It's so funny. Republicans believe in punishment for terrorists to the fullest extent of the law. These people are reminding me more and more of terrorists. Sounds to me like someone needs a dose of their own medicine.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    If they want no Federal Government, why are they going after state governments? People don't want government until they need it. They will be the first ones at the door for Social Security, first one to drive on new roads and they need protection from the military just as everyone else does. I am not happy with the current government either but people just don't think things through.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nate

    Ummm...you do all realize Jim Gibbons is a republican. I am shocked by the automatic assumptions and hatred to the conservative side. Open your narrow minds, and educate yourself.. Don't let your hatred make you stupid.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cathy Kayser

    Jim Gibbons is a Republican – this nut group is FAR LEFT!!! Heaven help us. I find it interesting that CNN didn't post a list of the govenors that were targeted – but that would make it obvious that it is a leftist plot and not anyone related to the Tea Party.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. ms

    Extremist? Terrorist? I am not sure I agree with that. Have any of you ever read a history book? You may find the founding of our country interesting. Do you consider the framers terrorist or extremsits?

    Just food for thought.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chester Cheetah

    i have often been accused of extreme cheeziness

    April 2, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jose A

    If you don't trust an elected govt official don't vote for him, but don't un scare tactics it will backfire , Believe in the Karma Laws.,

    April 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dj

    Someone please tell me, is there documented proof of party affiliation for this "extremist group"? I agree that threats of violence are reprehensible. However, untempered talk of specific party affiliation without proof smacks of liberal, left wing propaganda. It is polarizing and not very productive.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shane

    THIS IS NOT FROM THE TEA PARTY, MORONS. I do not know the sincerity of the group but I have read their demands and their plan. It is NOT unreasonable but they do not have a plan for what happens if the current govt is replaced. Anyone who believes that elections in this country are fair and accurate is a moron. Anyone who believes that the federal government has not stolen the power that rightfully belongs to the states is either an idiot who cares nothing about this nation or an outright traitor. I think these people are acting out in desperation and if this criminal federal government doesn't wise up and quickly these small threats are going to be the least of their worries. They are pushing the people into a civil war. And, that ladies and gentlemen, is a fact.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nope

    These people sound just as nutty as all you voters who think your vote actually counts. Politicians don't do what the american people want, so they certainly won't be doing what an extremist group demands.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
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