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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1362                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 65 - MALICIOUS MISCHIEF

HEAD

    Sec. 1362. Communication lines, stations or systems

STATUTE

      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.

SOURCE

    (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.
                                AMENDMENTS
      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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