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Gunman Demands Discovery Channel Save Planet

An armed man yesterday stormed the Discovery Channel's headquarters demanding that changes in programming be made. James Jay Lee entered the building with a handgun, took three hostages and demanded that changes in programming be made across the Discovery Network.

NPR reports that Lee, an environmental activist, entered the building at about 1 p.m. yesterday armed with a handgun and possibly an explosive device. He took three hostages on the first floor of the Discovery Channel building and demanded that the network change its programming to include more environmental content and remove all content about war and the technology behind it. Lee was shot dead by police officers when he was seen raising his weapon and pointing it at a hostage. NPR cites Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger who said that an explosive device went off with a pop and smoke. A bomb squad was yesterday examining backpacks he had brought into the building with him.

Before entering the building, Lee posted his demands online at savetheplanetprotest.com. Mr. Lee said he wanted to see more environmental programming, demanded that all programs on war and the technology behind it stop completely and asked that the Discovery Health stop showing birthing shows that "encourage the birth of any more parasitic human infants." Instead, Lee wanted to see more shows that educate people on how much rain-forest must be destroyed to support each human life that is brought into the world.

"Saving the Planet means saving what's left of the non-human Wildlife by decreasing the Human population. That means stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies! You're the media, you can reach enough people. It's your resposibility [sic] because you reach so many minds!!!"

Lee also demanded that the Discovery Channel find solutions for global warming, automotive pollution, international trade factory pollution and "the whole blasted human economy."

Police say James Jay Lee has protested at the Discovery Channel building before. He had been on probation relating to the 2008 incident, but his probation ended 10 days ago.

Check out his full manifesto here.

Read the full story, as it happened, on NPR's The Two Way.