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Environmental militant, killed after hostage situation at Discovery Communications
The Washington Post

James J. Lee divided the world into good and bad. According to his writings on a Web site he created, people were bad, especially « parasitic » babies. Animals and bugs were good, Lee wrote. But war was bad, along with global warming, pollution and international trade.

Lee, 43, who once threw money to bystanders as a protest along a Silver Spring street and who believed that the world was better off without people, was shot by police after the almost four-hour standoff. Police have not publicly named Lee, but several local and federal law enforcement sources identified him as the gunman.

Lee held a grudge against Discovery, viewing the network as a purveyor of ideas he considered environmentally destructive and staging protests outside its headquarters, according to authorities and court records. Lee, whose environmental creed was spread across the Internet in a series of manifestoes and blog posts, was killed at 4:48 p.m. after he stalked into the building with a handgun, took three hostages and later pointed his gun at one of them, said Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger.

« Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what’s left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture, » he wrote in an 11-point Internet communique that authorities said was similar to demands he made Wednesday. Lee argued thay « Saving the Planet means . . . decreasing the Human population. That means stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies! »