Following the recent public uproar over "right wing extremists" by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI has suddenly found cause to seek out a high profile yet incompetent animal rights leftist. Don't buy it.-- Ed.
A fugitive animal rights activist believed to be hiding outside the
United States has become the first domestic terror suspect named to the
FBI's list of "Most Wanted" terrorists.
Andreas San Diego, a 31-year-old computer specialist from Berkeley,
Calif., is wanted for the 2003 bombings of two corporate offices in
Authorities say San Diego has unusual tattoos, including one that shows a burning field and proclaims, "It only takes a spark."
Assistant Director Michael Heimbach announced San Diego's addition to
its "Most Wanted" terrorists list at a press conference Tuesday.
Authorities believe he has fled the United States.
In the global search for the suspect, Heimbach said the FBI has spoken to officials in Germany, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, France, Spain Denmark, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines, and Chile.
He has ties to Germany, and may be living in Costa Rica, officials said.
"The leads have gone stale on us, so now we're seeking the public's awareness," said Heimbach.
San Diego is the 24th person on the bureau's wanted terrorist list, and the only domestic terror suspect.
The move to add a domestic, left-wing activist to the list comes only days after the Obama administration
was criticized for internal reports suggesting some military veterans
could be susceptible to right-wing extremist recruiters or commit lone
acts of violence. That prompted angry reactions from some lawmakers and
An arrest warrant was issued
for San Diego after the 2003 bombings in northern California of the
corporate offices of Chiron Corp., a biotechnology firm, and at Shaklee
Corp., a nutrition and cosmetics company. The explosions caused minor
damages and no injuries.
A group calling itself
"Revolutionary Cells" took responsibility for the blasts, telling
followers in a series of e-mails that Chiron and Shaklee had been
targeted for their ties to a research company that conducted drug and
chemical experiments on animals.
offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to his capture, five
times the reward amounts offered for other so-called eco-terrorists
wanted in the U.S.
The FBI says animal rights
and environmental extremists have been responsible for over 1,800
criminal acts and more than $110 million in damages. Currently, the
bureau is investigating 170 animal rights or environmental extremism
Law enforcement officials
describe San Diego as a strict vegan who possesses a 9mm handgun. On
his abdomen, he has tattoo images of burning and collapsing buildings.
The FBI's "Most Wanted" terrorist list is distinct from the much longer-running "Ten Most Wanted" list. Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is on both.
is another American already on the terrorist list, but he is wanted for
his work overseas for al-Qaida. Adam Yahiye Gadahn grew up in
California but moved to Pakistan and works as a translator and consultant to al-Qaida.