TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 65 - MALICIOUS MISCHIEF
Sec. 1362. Communication lines, stations or systems
Whoever willfully or maliciously injures or destroys any of the
works, property, or material of any radio, telegraph, telephone or
cable, line, station, or system, or other means of communication,
operated or controlled by the United States, or used or intended to
be used for military or civil defense functions of the United
States, whether constructed or in process of construction, or
willfully or maliciously interferes in any way with the working or
use of any such line, or system, or willfully or maliciously
obstructs, hinders, or delays the transmission of any communication
over any such line, or system, or attempts or conspires to do such
an act, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
ten years, or both.
In the case of any works, property, or material, not operated or
controlled by the United States, this section shall not apply to
any lawful strike activity, or other lawful concerted activities
for the purposes of collective bargaining or other mutual aid and
protection which do not injure or destroy any line or system used
or intended to be used for the military or civil defense functions
of the United States.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 764; Pub. L. 87-306, Sept. 26,
1961, 75 Stat. 669; Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXII, Sec.
320903(d)(2), title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108
Stat. 2125, 2147; Pub. L. 107-56, title VIII, Sec. 811(c), Oct. 26,
2001, 115 Stat. 381.)
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 116 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
321, Sec. 60, 35 Stat. 1099).
This section was extended to include radio and radio stations.
Minor changes were made in phraseology.
2001 - Pub. L. 107-56, in first par., struck out "or attempts
willfully or maliciously to injure or destroy" after "Whoever
willfully or maliciously injures or destroys" and inserted "or
attempts or conspires to do such an act," before "shall be fined".
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, in first par., inserted "or attempts
willfully or maliciously to injure or destroy" after "willfully or
maliciously injures or destroys" and substituted "fined under this
title" for "fined not more than $10,000".
1961 - Pub. L. 87-306 extended the provisions of the section to
means of communication used or intended to be used for military or
civil defense functions of the United States, made the provisions
inapplicable to lawful strike activities, which do not injure any
line or system used for such functions, and increased the
punishment by fine from $1,000 to $10,000 and by imprisonment from
3 to 10 years.
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