The FBI placed Daniel Andreas San Diego on it's Most Wanted list of terrorists. He is apparently the first domestic terrorist to be added to a list which mostly contains international figures. The news release from the FBI:
"We have added San Diego to the Most Wanted Terrorists list to increase public awareness about this domestic terrorist fugitive and to aid in his arrest," said Michael J. Heimbach, Assistant Director of our Counterterrorism Division, at a press conference today at FBI Headquarters in Washington. "We will not relent until San Diego is apprehended and his potential for future acts of violence and destruction is eliminated."
Animal rights and environmental extremism pose a significant domestic terror threat. To date, extremists have been responsible for more than 1,800 criminal acts and more than $110 million in damages. Currently, we are investigating approximately 170 such extremist incidents across the country.
San Diego was initially identified as a suspect after being stopped by a local police officer for a minor traffic violation in Pleasanton about an hour before the Pleasanton bombing. A subsequent search of his home and vehicle revealed bomb-making materials similar to those used in both attacks, and he was later indicted for the crimes.
San Diego has been on the run since October 2003. He is six feet tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He wears glasses, is known to carry a 9mm handgun, has traveled internationally, and may be living out of the country, possibly in Costa Rica. He is a vegan, and avoids consuming or wearing anything made with animal products. He also has distinctive tattoos--one on his chest is round and shows burning hills and plains with the words "It only takes a spark."
Nice guy. An agent involved with the manhunt notes:
"The second bomb actually was wrapped in nails, and we believe it was intended to harm or kill the first responders."
This is a great and very welcome step in the PR game with respect to Animal Rights Activist wackanut terrorism. After all, placing on the Most Wanted list...does that really change how hard the US and international authorities are looking? What it most certainly does do is raise the public recognition and understanding of Animal Rights terrorism, who these people really are and what is being supported when they send their money to PETA and the HSUS (which is not your local Humane Society, as much as they'd like you to think that they are). Perhaps it can open the eyes of celebrities who support, perhaps unknowingly, these Luddite, anti-science, fringe element activities.
The important thing is the setting of priority. These acts, like the March 2009 bombing of neuroscientist J. David Jentsch's car, are fundamental crimes against our rule of law as well as being a specific attack on scientific progress and the development of life-saving medical advances.
With this announcement, and all of the publicity and news surrounding the UCLA Pro-Test rally in support of animal research scheduled for tomorrow...well, at the very least the wind has been taken out of the ARA sails during one of their big PR weeks.