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beenthere Posted - 6/21/2013 10:54:59 AM | show profile | flag this post

Complaining about your water quality can be considered a terrorist act. I kid you not.

Official: water complaints could be 'act of terrorism'
By Brian Haas

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.”

You can listen to audio of the meeting here. I did, because I didn't believe it, thought it was taken out of context. It's not:


Grateful Deadline Posted - 6/21/2013 11:51:37 AM | show profile | flag this post

And now -- the rest of the story:


"TDEC said it was looking into what had been said at the meeting and that Smith would not be available for comment.

"'In terms of the comments made by a member of the Water Resources Division at the meeting, we are just receiving the information and looking into this on our end,' spokeswoman Meg Lockhart said. 'The department would like to fully assess what was said in the meeting. I am told that the meeting was far longer than the audio clip provided by SOCM and that Mr. Smith actually clarified his remarks. But again, we are looking into it.'

... Butt said the water issue had been marred by 'communication breakdowns' by both sides, which wouldn't be made easier with such inflammatory comments being made."


So we have:

A Tennessee state official (deputy, not the top dawg) says something that shocks angry residents. He neither provides context for the statement (likely that he has seen clean water reports?) nor do residents ask for context.

Sometime later in the meeting, he explains himself.

A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations says the department is looking into what was said at the meeting.

The state representative who organized the meeting says that introducing the word "terrorism" escalated rather than defused residents' concerns.

This provides an excellent opportunity for a conspiracy theory that can be applied at all levels of government nationwide.

mpdodgson Posted - 6/21/2013 1:40:55 PM | show profile | flag this post

Damn straight.

"I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."
(General Jack D. Ripper)

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