Owen Ayers is an eco-terrorist and a member of The Blacklist.
Ayers was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy, serving three tours in Iraq and earning decorations for his service. In 2011, he was part of Operation Tomodachi, a U.S. military relief effort in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Unfortunately, he and some soldiers he was transporting were caught in an unscheduled radioactive gas venting, giving all of them radiation poisoning.
Ayers received a medical discharge and, using the moniker “Gaia” (after Mother Earth in Greek mythology), went on to become a “stealth eco-terrorist”. Because overt acts of environmental terrorism tend to direct people's anger towards the offender rather than the environmental issue they try to draw attention to, Ayers would disguise his acts as environmental disasters in order to rally people against the environmental offense he targeted. In 2011, he sabotaged the Fullerton Chemical Plant to cause a massive leak of 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol into the drinking water of the nearby towns. Hundreds of people were poisoned, including 2 children and 3 seniors who died, leading to the United States Environmental Protection Agency enforcing changes. Committing 2 other acts of terrorism over the years, Ayers would scout the facilities he targeted a few weeks in advance by posing as a spot inspector.