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    James J. Lee

  • James J. Lee protests in front of the headquarters of the Discovery Channel networks in Silver Spring, Md. on February 14. 2008. Lee 43, a gunman with what police described as "concerns" with the Discovery Channel networks took at least one person hostage in the company's headquarters earlier today. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing said authorities have identified Lee as the likely suspect.

James J. Lee, the man who has been identified as the hostage taker at the Discovery Channel headquarters today in Maryland, lists Hawaii as his hometown on his MySpace page.

According to his MySpace page Lee says he is single, 43, and now lives in Silver Spring, Md.

Property records show Lee was given ownership of a 12.5 percent stake in a Lahaina residence in 2003 through a family trust, and he sold his interest in 2007 for $90,000.

The Associated Press reported that Montgomery County police shot and killed the gunman who took three people hostage for several hours at Silver Spring, Md.’s Discovery Channel building.

All three hostages escaped and are safe.

Lee’s website,, urged the Discovery Channel to save the planet puts its focus on "how people can live without giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution."

Associated Press reported that a lengthy posting which could be seen today on a website registered to Lee expressed anger against the Discovery Channel and said it promoted overpopulation.

He said it and its affiliates should stop "encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants." Instead, he said, the network should air "programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility."

"NO MORE BABIES! Population growth is a real crisis," he wrote.

He also railed against "programs promoting War" and said solutions should be found for global warming and automotive and factory pollution.

  "I want Discovery Communications to broadcast on their channels to the world their new program lineup and I want proof they are doing so," he wrote. "I want the new shows started by asking the public for inventive solution ideas to save the planet and the remaining wildlife on it."

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