Animal rights and environmental activist Rod Coronado finds himself in federal prison for becoming a “friend” with part-time Missoula resident and Earth First! co-founder Mike Roselle on Facebook.
In a federal court document (PDF) dated July 14, 2010, U.S. Probation Officer Rhonda J. Wallock claimed that Coronado, convicted of felony conspiracy in 2006, violated the special conditions of his court-ordered supervision.
“In monitoring Mr. Coronado’s Facebook account,” Wallock wrote, “this officer found Michael Roselle to be a ‘friend’ of Mr. Coronado. According to FBI intelligence and a criminal history investigation of Michael Roselle, he is a well-known environmental activist who has a history of condoning direct action and violence as a means of protest or demonstration.”
Being Roselle’s "friend," Wallock believed, violated the first condition of Coronado’s supervision—not associating with activists that have a history of violence or condoning violence, including but not limited to the Earth First!, the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.