Want to complain about your water quality? You’re a terrorist, according to a Tennessee government official.


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Want to complain about your water quality? You’re a terrorist, according to one Tennessee government official.

“We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously,” deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources Sherwin Smith told a baffled and outraged audience in Maury County, Tennessee. “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.”

The worst part of this is that this bureaucrat might actually be quoting the law correctly. When Congress created the Department of Homeland Security they created an American version of the KGB, something we don’t need, don’t want, and contradicts every principle this country was founded on.

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  • wodun

    A complaint should lead to an investigation but the person making the complaint shouldn’t have to consuct their own studies, tests, and analysis before speaking to the government.

  • More disturbing than the official’s comments is the very tepid response given by meeting organizer Rep. Sheila Butt. As she was the organizer, one can assume that the people attending were her constituents. Her response to that sort of intimidating speech should have been rapid and vociferous.

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