The FBI on Tuesday will for the first time add the name of a domestic-terrorism suspect to its list of Most Wanted Terrorists, a post-Sept. 11 creation that until now has included only suspected Islamist terrorists, a law enforcement official told The Washington Times.
Daniel Andreas San Diego, a 31-year-old animal rights activist, is wanted in connection with the 2003 bombings of two companies in the San Francisco Bay Area linked to an animal-testing laboratory.
San Diego will take his place on a list that has included notorious international terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri and Adam Gadahn, the American-born al Qaeda spokesman, said the law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the official announcement.
"All of the people listed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List are a danger to the U.S. and need to be caught," Special Agent Richard Kolko said Tuesday morning. "There will be a press conference today to announce a new name on the list."
The announcement is being made nearly a week after The Times reported on a Homeland Security Department assessment warning that war veterans could be susceptible to recruitment into "right-wing extremism." The report unleashed a firestorm of controversy and led to an apology to veterans from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
San Diego apparently is linked to radical animal rights activists. The FBI has estimated that such groups have committed more than 1,000 crimes and caused more than $100 million in damage.
Authorities say San Diego planted bombs at the corporate offices of two biotechnology companies, Chiron Life Sciences Center in Emeryville, Calif., and Shaklee Corp. in Pleasanton, Calif.
No one was killed or injured in either early-morning attack, but the explosions damaged both buildings.
After the second bombing, in which the pipe bomb was loaded with nails, authorities received a claim of responsibility from the previously unknown Revolutionary Cells-Animal Liberation Brigade.
"We gave all of the customers the chance, the choice, to withdraw their business from HLS," according to an anonymous communique released after the attack. "Now you will all reap what you have sown. All customers and their families are considered legitimate targets."
A federal arrest warrant was issued for San Diego in October 2003 that charged him with using explosives to maliciously damage and destroy buildings and other property.
He has remained a fugitive since then.