Animal Protection > ALF Foes
Who Is Tailing You?

[Boulder Weekly]

On July 6, 2003, two Boulder residents found sophisticated global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices attached to the bottom of their cars, and then-BW Editor Pamela White says the story broke national news about federal agents being suspected of monitoring individuals' whereabouts.

"A guy came in with a contraption he found underneath his car, fixed there by magnets," she recalls.

The mysterious devices were found on cars belonging to a couple of outspoken animal rights activists who suggested that they were being tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mike Nicosia, who had participated in animal-rights protests and had launched a Long Island chapter of The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, was also an outspoken supporter of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a controversial group that was known for releasing animals from labs and destroying property of those who exploit animals. Nicosia told BW that he had been monitored by the government in the past, from phone taps to plainclothes officers following him.

Nicosia's roommate was an even likelier target for government surveillance. Rod Coronado, who found devices under both his and his girlfriend's car, which he often drove, was a member of the Earth First! movement and former media spokesperson for ALF. He served time for an arson attack at Michigan State University's mink research facilities, and was the person that Earth First! activist Judy Bari was going to meet when a bomb under her car seat exploded and nearly killed her in 1990. (A federal jury later discounted the FBI's allegation that the bomb belonged to Bari herself.)

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