Status: Dead (via gunshot by police)
Location: Discovery Channel HQ (Silver Spring, Maryland)
Hostages: 3 males, all safe
Motivation: saving the planet (read his poorly written manifesto)
"In a list of demands he apparently posted before invading the Discovery building, Lee, whose MySpace page identifies him as a Silver Springs resident, repeatedly spoke of "parasitic human infants" and "unwanted pollution babies" and furiously argued that humans were destroying the planet with pollution, war and over-population. But unlike earlier eco-terrorists like Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Lee zeroed in on immigrants as a primary evil. He spoke of "anchor baby filth," a reference to babies born in the United States to undocumented immigrants." (Huffington Post)
"At times during the negotiations, he was calm, but I wouldn't call him lucid. The conversation was indicative to me he was dealing with some mental issues," he said. (CNN)
Lee's Manifesto: http://savetheplanetprotest.com/
(also posted on my page here: http://theydontseethroughus.blogspot.com/p/james-lees-full-manifesto.html)
Lee's MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/worldguardian (wasn't available when I tried it)
Lee made threats to Discovery but the threats were not taken seriously. Although, according to CNN, a security guard at Discovery HQ did say he was worried about the safety of innocent people during Lee's 2008 protests.
People are pointing out the similarities between Lee's philosophy and Kaczynski's but I see two distinct personalities here. Where Lee has racist tones to his manifesto, Kaczynski never has made racially degredading remarks about any race of people or immigrants. Kaczynski seemed more... academic and Lee seemed more of an emotionally volatile personality.
I see more of a similarity between Lee and VT shooter Cho Seung-Hui. No, not because they're both Asian because of the following:
"According to his MySpace page, Lee's interests include Daniel Quinn's books My Ishmael and The Story of B, and the number one demand on his list states:
"The Discovery Channel and it's affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn's "My Ishmael" pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other's inventive ideas."
Daniel Quinn won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award for the book Ishmael. This is the prequel to My Ishmael, which is about a telepathic gorilla who meets a 12-year-old girl called Julie Gerchak that wants to save the world." (NowRepublic)
...wasn't this the same book Cho was obsessed with? He did write Ishmael on his arm the day of the mass shooting. No doubt Lee has studied Cho extensively. Probably read the book after the VT incident.