Bureaucrat: Water Complaints Could be “Act of Terrorism”
Tennessee official threatens Homeland Security investigation of unfounded claims
Paul Joseph Watson
June 21, 2013
A bureaucrat caused outrage amongst an audience in Maury County, Tennessee when he warned that unfounded complaints about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism” under federal laws enforced by the Department of Homeland Security.
The meeting, which was organized in response to claims that children had become ill after drinking the odd-tasting water, was attended by residents, local officials and directors from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, stunned the audience when he stated, “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.”
Asked by shocked residents to repeat his statement, Smith reiterated, “Under federal regulations if you make allegations about the public water supply that are unfounded then that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism because you’re trying to allege things.”
After the story was reported by the Tennessean, TDEC announced it was investigating the issue but that Sherwin Smith would not be available for comment.
Attendees saw Smith’s comments as a crude way of silencing residents.
“I think it’s just to quash us complicating life for them,” said Brad Wright, organizer for the SOCM civic action group.