The FBI has added animal rights activist Daniel Andreas San Diego to their list of “Most Wanted Terrorists” on Tuesday.
Daniel Andreas San Diego, 31, was added to the list for his part in the bombings of two Bay Area biotech firms. San Diego was a computer specialist before he went on the run.
San Diego has eluded law enforcement for almost six years. The hope is that by placing him on the list with a reminder that there is a $250,000 reward a capture will take place sooner. This is also a sign that the FBI is taking ‘domestic terrorism’ as seriously as it does threats from outside of the US.
Mercury News reports:
“Mr. San Diego and those like him are every bit as great a threat to the peace and security of the United States as any foreign terrorist,” said Special Agent in Charge Charlene Thornton of the FBI’s San Francisco office.
San Diego joins Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri on the FBI’s list. He is only the second American citizen to be placed on the FBI’s terrorist list.
“Nominations to our Top 10 or our top terrorist lists is a well thought out process. We ran this investigation for the past almost six years where the leads have gone stale on us,” Michael Heimbach, FBI assistant director of the counterterrorism division, said in a news conference. “So now we’re seeking the public’s awareness, the public’s assistance to see if we can flush out additional leads.”
San Diego has been linked to bombs that exploded at the offices of Chiron in Emeryville on Aug. 28, 2003, and Shaklee in Pleasanton on Sept. 26, 2003.
The FBI had San Diego under 24-hour surveillance but he managed to lose his tails. The agency believes that he is now underground using a network of fellow activists to stay hidden.
According to the FBI flyer on San Diego he follows a vegan diet. He has worked in the past as a computer network specialist and with the operating system LINUX.
San Diego has several tattoos:a round image of burning hillsides in the center of his chest with the words “It only takes a spark” printed in a semicircle below; burning and collapsing buildings on the sides of his abdomen and back; and a single leafless tree rising from a road in the center of his lower back. It is thought that those tattoos may have been removed or covered with newer ones.
The site says that he should be considered armed and dangerous.