Residents of Maury County, Tennessee have been complaining to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for months about poor water quality in the area. They went to a meeting to raise the issue and a deputy director of one of the agency’s divisions told them that they might be committing terrorism. Seriously.
“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.
That left people baffled and upset, for obvious reasons. Sounds like this guy should be updating his resume.