UPDATE, 9:15p: Lee has been killed, and his hostages are safe. From the Associated Press:

A man who railed against the Discovery Channel’s environmental programming for years burst into the company’s headquarters with at least 1 explosive device strapped to his body Wednesday and took 3 people hostage at gunpoint before police shot him to death, officials said.The hostages – 2 Discovery Communications employees and a security guard – were unhurt after the 4-hour standoff.

UPDATE, 4:15p: More from CBS:

One of the demands on the Save The Planet website states: “Civilization must be exposed for the filth it is. That, and all its disgusting religious-cultural roots and greed. Broadcast this message until the pollution in the planet is reversed and the human population goes down! This is your obligation.”

4p: According to ABC News this afternoon:

A gunman, possibly carrying explosives and who police say is an environmental activist, has entered the headquarters of the Discovery Channel, fired shots and taken hostages, according to police and witnesses in Silver Spring, MD.

Law enforcement identified the suspect as James Lee, 43, from Washington, DC, who has for at least 2 years called for protests against the company and who was arrested and found guilty of disorderly conduct for a protest outside of Discovery’s headquarters in 2008.

In a rambling manifesto on Lee’s website, believed to have been written by Lee, the writer rails against “disgusting human babies,” “parasitic infants,” and says people should “disassemble civilization.” The manifesto also calls on Discovery to “broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet.”

More from the Washington Post:

Federal officials confirmed that Lee is the creator of this http://SavethePlanetProtest.com, which detail his complaints against Discovery. Among them was this one that seems to be aimed at the overpopulation of the planet: “All programs on Discovery HealthTLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.

“False heroics behind those actions.” Sounds like an indictment against TLC programs like Kate Plus Eight and 19 Kids and Counting.

[HT: Kelli; photo via CBS]

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