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[LA Weekly]

THE HOME OF DR. ARTHUR ROSENBAUM isn't hard to find. He lives a few blocks south of Sunset Boulevard, near the UCLA campus, in a white two-story house with a front yard jammed with aspen trees. There is a short driveway on the side of the home, and during the evening, a bright, white light illuminates the carport. If someone wants to sabotage the doctor's car under the cover of night, a flashlight isn't needed.

On Sunday, June 24, just that kind of person struck. Rosenbaum, a highly regarded pediatric ophthalmologist who had been regularly harassed by animal-rights activists for his research work with cats and rhesus monkeys at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, noticed a device underneath his luxury sedan. The bomb squad was dispatched to the scene and hauled away a makeshift -- but deadly -- explosive. A faulty fuse was the only reason it didn't go off.

Three days later, the so-called Animal Liberation Brigade sent a typo-riddled "communiqué" to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office in Los Angeles. It was posted on the NAALPO Web site:
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Rosenbaum wouldn't comment. In an e-mail, he wrote, "I have been asked by law enforcement to not discuss any events surrounding the incident at this time. I look forward to doing so in the future." According to a Bel-Air Patrol guard, though, the doctor's neighbors are "jumpy."
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According to the Anti-Defamation League, which closely watches extremist groups of all kinds throughout the world, Los Angeles has become the capital of a more aggressive brand of animal-rights extremism in the United States -- with UCLA as ground zero. "Los Angeles, for now, is the epicenter of this movement," says Oren Segal, co-director of ADL's Center on Extremism in New York City. "We've seen a lot of humans targeted overseas, and now it's happening here."
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The prominent mouthpiece for this new extremism, according to Segal, just happens to live in Los Angeles. His name is Jerry Vlasak, a 49-year-old trauma surgeon and resident of Agoura Hills in the West Valley.

ON AN 85-DEGREE DAY, Vlasak wears all black -- black long-sleeve dress shirt, black jeans, black Crocs and black socks. He pulls into Astro Family Restaurant in Silver Lake in a black 318i BMW. Vlasak, a tall and lanky man with short salt-and-pepper hair and a faded goatee, settles into a booth and begins speaking excitedly, and somewhat loudly, about his obsession.

"I think the animal-rights movement has been way too slow in taking radical actions," he says. "And they've been way too nice."

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