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1627. Destruction Of Property -- 18 U.S.C. 970

Except for the use of foreign entities as a jurisdictional base, 18 U.S.C. § 970 is little different in nature and scope from the various provisions against malicious mischief in 18 U.S.C. Chap. 65. Bombing attacks not clearly covered in 18 U.S.C. § 844(i) would clearly fall within the provisions of this section. In addition to covering embassies, consulates, missions to international organizations, the places of residence of foreign officials and official guests, trade or commercial offices of foreign governments and premises and property of international organizations, section 970 also covers automobiles and other vehicles and personal property, under the requisite ownership, use or possession, whether the property is used for official or unofficial purposes. S. Rep. No. 1105, 92d Cong., 2d Sess. 19 (1972), reprinted at 1972 U.S. Code. Cong. and Adm. News 4316, 4328-29. Note that only property within the United States is covered but 18 U.S.C. § 956 covers conspiracy in the United States to injure properties of foreign governments and others abroad.

[cited in USAM 9-65.800]