Mass shootings spur call for proactive 'domestic terrorism' charges

Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, worried that creating a domestic terrorism statute would lead to prosecution over someone’s speech or sending a tweet in support of an unpopular view.

“If this is going to happen, it really needs to be done in a way more carefully than pundits are talking about,” she said. “It needs to be done with an emphasis on not criminalizing speech, not having a list of domestic terrorism organizations. That could go down a very dark road in the current political climate, and it would be another thing designed to protect us that gets swept up in an overly broad use.”

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Karen Greenberg