March 25, 2020

NEW YORK — The Department of Justice is reportedly considering charging individuals who “intentionally spread” the coronavirus under federal terrorism laws.

Below is comment from Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, in response:

“The Department of Justice should not be sending such a counterproductive and harmful message as the nation responds to this pandemic. Rather than heeding public health experts' advice to promote public trust in science and reduce prison populations, the Justice Department is threatening to use vague, overbroad, and flawed coercive powers that will make people more afraid to seek care."

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