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Gunman's rant referred to 'immigration pollution'

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Police outside hostage standoff at Discovery Channel headquarters in Maryland today

So while I was driving this afternoon, I missed the start of biggest national crime story so far today, an armed hostage crisis at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland that ended with the gunman killed during a stand-off with police.

What does this have to do with immigration? Well, as it turns out, deceased gunman James J. Lee, 43, took issue with immigrants, among other things. Various blogs and news outlets have been linking to the list of eleven demands that Lee had put up online with the heading, "The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY."

Among them:

"5. Immigration: Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that." The rant gets uglier from there.

Lee had immigrant roots himself. He described himself on his MySpace page as being from Hawaii but had also apparently lived in San Diego. He had been previously arrested after a protest at the Discovery Channel building in 2008.

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