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People who intentionally spread Covid-19 could be charged as terrorists

People who intentionally spread Covid-19 could be charged as terrorists

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Coronavirus is a “biological agent,” and using it to purposely get other people sick could be a crime violating federal terrorism laws, according to a memo sent by a top Department of Justice official in US.

The memo, sent by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to other department officials, law enforcement agencies, and U.S. Attorneys, reportedly says that intentionally exposing and infecting other people with COVID-19 “potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes.” “Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated,” Rosen reportedly wrote. The memo was first reported by Politico.

Rising cases of people mocking the disease in US

On Monday, Gurbir Grewal filed multiple charges, including third-degree terroristic threatening, against a man who deliberately coughed on an employee at a supermarket. Last Sunday, 50-year-old George Falcone was allegedly standing too close to a worker at a Wegmans in Manalapan, and when asked to back off, purposefully coughed on her and said he had coronavirus. (“Didn’t cough on anyone and never mentioned corona,” he told Reuters in a Facebook message.)

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