It doesn't seem to me like civil liberties even come into play in a criminal case like that of Mr. Flynn.
Taibbi's close also has nothing to do with Flynn, Russiagate, or lying to the FBI. Taibbi can't be worried about his own return to work, since he wrote this while in quarnatine himself:
"My family is in quarantine, I worry about a premature return to work, and sure, I laughed at that Shaun of the Dead photo of Ohio protesters protesting state lockdown laws. But I also recognize the crisis is also raising serious civil liberties issues, from prisoners trapped in deadly conditions to profound questions about speech and assembly, the limits to surveillance and snitching, etc."
Taibbi continues, now making clear his topic was never Flynn at all,
"If this disease is going to be in our lives for the foreseeable future, that makes it more urgent that we talk about what these rules will be, not less " yet the party I grew up supporting seems to have lost the ability to do so, and I don't understand why.'"
To the extent Taibbi is right, it's because in all this discussion about opening up, there's been no discussion about closing it back down when cases inevitably spike. And that's because one party cares about that spike, and one party doesn't.