FBI Says San Diego Blaze Likely 'Domestic Terror'
Up to 100 investigators have been assigned to probe a San Diego construction-site blaze that authorities on Saturday called a potential case of “domestic terrorism” by a radical environmental group. The three-alarm fire, which leveled a 200-unit condominium complex that was under construction, caused at least $20 million in damage after it broke out shortly before dawn on Friday. A 12-foot hand-painted banner found on the scene suggested members of the Earth Liberation Front, a network of environmental groups that has claimed responsibility for other fires, had set the blaze. “It does look as we progress on (with the investigation) that the E.L.F. has taken responsibility,” said Jan Caldwell, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Diego. “That does put it in the arena of domestic terrorism.” On Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported it had received an e-mail from the E.L.F. claiming responsibility. The banner found at the site read: “If you build it — we will burn it — the E.L.F.’s are mad.” Full Story