A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director warned a group of Maury County residents thatunfounded complaints about water qualitycould 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.
Blowing up civilians is terrorism. Making a population live in constant fear of being killed is terrorism.
Complaining about water quality is not terrorism, and a politician who either does not know this, or knows it and uses a threat like this to silence critics should be removed from office immediately.
What the actual fuck has happened to my country.