Daniel Andreas San Diego
Daniel Andreas San Diego (born February 9, 1978) is the first American environmentalist added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list. He is a straight edge vegan and animal liberationist who has an alleged association with the Animal Liberation Brigade cell responsible for two bombings in 2003. He is believed to have ties to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.
San Diego was born in 1978 in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Rafael, California. He attended Terra Linda High School. He took classes at College of Marin and worked at San Rafael High School's radio station, KSRH, listening to heavy metal and rock music. As a young man he gave up drugs, alcohol, meat, and milk products, taking an interest in the straight edge movement and becoming vegan.
At the time of the bombings he lived in Schellville, California, a small community outside of Sonoma, where he worked as a computer specialist. His landlord described him as "very nice and personable," mentioned his claim to be starting a new business venture of vegan marshmallows made without gelatin, and said that he had never given the impression of holding radical views on animal rights. The FBI claims this was all an act.
San Diego is described as having ties to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) as a well-known San Francisco Bay Area animal rights activist. SHAC is an international campaign set up to close down Europe's largest animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that performs drug and chemical research experiments on animals. Before the related bombings SHAC targeted HLS customer Chiron and its employees with a series of actions, accusing them of being "puppy killers."
Animal Liberation Brigade
On August 28, 2003, two sophisticated homemade bombs exploded approximately one hour apart, at the Chiron Corporation in Emeryville, California, causing minor property damage but no injuries. The FBI believes the second bomb was timed to target first responders. Another bomb, wrapped with nails to produce shrapnel, exploded on September 26, 2003 at the Shaklee Corporation in Pleasanton, California, again causing damage but no casualties. The bombs used ammonium nitrate explosives and mechanical timers.
A group called the Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade claimed responsibility via an email message after each bombing. FBI agents admit that they cannot prove San Diego has ties to the emails, but believe he has ties to the group that sent them. The bombing targets were chosen because they were both clients of Huntingdon Life Sciences.
The agency had San Diego under 24-hour surveillance in 2003. He discovered that he was being watched and on October 6, 2003 parked his car in downtown San Francisco, California, walked away, and never returned.
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San Diego was profiled on America's Most Wanted six times after his disappearance. In April 2009, he became the first domestic terrorism suspect to be added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List. At one point, the FBI believed he was in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.
In February 2014, as part of the FBI’s National Digital Billboard Initiative, San Diego’s photo, summary of crimes, and the tip line 1-800-CALL-FBI will be featured on electronic billboards throughout California, as well as along the U.S.-Canada border in New York and Washington State. Billboards in Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada, and Florida will also feature the San Diego case.[dated info]
A reward of up to $250,000 USD is available for information that leads to the arrest of San Diego.
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