As much of the nation comes to grips with the grim realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a fraction of the population who sees opportunity in the awfulness.
As shocking as it may sound, there are some who believe that some good can come from an unkempt continuation of this crisis. White supremacists have even gone so far as to consider the purposeful weaponization of the COVID-19 virus in order to carry out their dastardly world vision.
Then there are the attention getters in social media who are out there openly ignoring the CDC’s warnings and claiming that they are spreading the virus willfully.
The Department of Justice isn’t going to allow this sort of nonsense to play out, and have indicated that those who purposely work to infect others could be charged with terrorism.
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In a memo to top Justice Department leaders, law enforcement agency chiefs and U.S. Attorneys across the country, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said prosecutors and investigators could come across cases of “purposeful exposure and infection of others with COVID-19.”
“Because Coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent’… such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes,” Rosen wrote. “Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated.”
And that’s not all.
Attorney General Bill Barr said during a briefing at the White House on Monday that hoarding of supplies like masks would be prosecuted. However, memos issued by Barr and Rosen on Tuesday said the Department of Health and Human Services has yet to formally designate the health-related items the administration wants covered by the Defense Production Act.
In the fight against coronavirus, you are either with America or against America, and the DOJ will certainly let you know if you call into that latter category.
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