Crazy Dude, James J. Lee, Takes Hostages and Gets Shot at Discovery Channel Headquarters


James J. Lee mug shot from 2008
Montgomery County police

At 1pm James Lee, described by police as an “Asian male”, stormed the main entrance of the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland.  He had metal canisters strapped to his chest and was brandishing a hand gun.  He rampaged through the building taking three people hostage and holding them at gunpoint.  Police negotiated with Lee  for 4 hours, then fatally shot him.  No one else was hurt.

Lee wasn’t a disgruntled employee and he wasn’t a religious radical.  His beliefs are tough to categorize but he had very strange and twisted motivation.  He has been called an environmentalist militant by CNN but Lee’s philosophy was not that simple.  This guy wasn’t just pro-environment.  He was anti-human, anti-civilization and anti-babies.

Lee’s myspace  account was called “worldguardian”.  He was devising a plan to save the planet from the evil humans:

About me:
The idea I had to save the planet is here. Go to to see what it is.

This document will be printed in the newspaper calling for protest against the networks. This is it, it’s happening.

I don’t want kids

The Shield, South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and the Discovery channel

On his website,, is his “manifesto” and a list of demands directly addressed to the Discovery Channel.  He had been protesting outside the building frequently since February.

The first demand references Daniel Quinn’s My Ishmael, specifically pages 207-212.  I haven’t read it but apparently it’s about a gorilla named Ishmael that communicates telepathically to a 12 year old girl and then returns to Africa to live in the wild.

I’m not sure what this has to do with taking hostages but apparently Lee was demanding that My Ishmael be broadcast daily on the Discovery Channel and its affiliates. In primetime.

He also demanded that programming  seek solutions to save the planet.  One suggestion is that humanity permanently stop breeding:

Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution… MAKE IT INTERESTING SO PEOPLE WATCH AND APPLY SOLUTIONS

He was most likely pissed at shows like Jon and Kate plus 8 because of all the little human children running and playing.  He demanded that Discovery health and TLC “stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants.” Lee wanted the network to instead advocate sterilization and infertility.

His next demand was about war, something he is also against. Lee laments:


Then, he demands civilization be exposed for the filth it is.  He must of never seen Hoarders: Buried Alive on TLC.  That entire show is devoted to human filth and is more convincing than a telepathic gorilla.

Lee continues to ramble about immigration, global warming, saving the “non-human wildlife”, finding solutions for the economy, stopping unemployment and fixing the housing crisis.  Lee blames all these problems solely on the Discovery Channel:

“You’re the media… it’s your responsibility because you reach so many minds!!!”

The Discovery Channel hasn’t commented on his demands.  Dude should of just robbed the cash cab.