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Tenn. Official Says Complaining About Water Quality Could Be 'Act of Terrorism'

A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director warned a group of Maury County residents that unfounded complaints about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism.”

“We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously,” said Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, according to audio recorded by attendees. “But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered under homeland security an act of terrorism.”

"Can you say that again, please?” an audience member can be heard asking on the audio.

Smith went on in the recording to repeat the claim almost verbatim.

(Hat tip to Radley Balko)

Source: The Tennessean. Read full article. (link)

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  • Jerryskids||

    Just more shit ya gotta swallow - or the terrists will win.

  • Sevo||

    “But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered under homeland security an act of terrorism.”
    I presume the next step is drone 'observation', with, perhaps a missile?

  • Acosmist||

    Does the audience lynch this person? If not, what the hell is wrong with them?

  • Xeynon||

    Better stop callin' to complain y'all got hard water a comin' out 'ef the tap in your double wide, or Obamer's gonna drone yer ass.

  • An0nB0t||

    Hilarious.

    For your next show, do bone-in-the-nose negroids for us. That'll really put your wit on display.

  • 1Buck||

    +1 exposing regional bigotry

  • JeremyR||

    When a Republican is president, dissent is patriotic.

    When a Democrat is president, dissent is potential terrorism. And racist. And sexist. And probably transphobic.

  • Lorenzo||

    That's why he is only Deputy Director. He hasn't killed a dog yet.

  • KPres||

    Spin much, Reason?

    You make it sound like Smith is accusing people of being a terrorist, when in fact he's warning people about a federal government and a DOH gone mad. If you listen to the audio that's clear. I don't know if his comment is accurate or not, but don't make him out to be the bad-guy here.

  • KPres||

    *DHS, not DOH.

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