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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the deep-water dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director is threatening citizens with being listed as terrorists for giving official complaints. Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources said: '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.' '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.'"

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Scare tactics (4, Insightful)

memnock (466995) | about a year ago | (#44086241)

The government's number one tool in the fight against terrorism.

Re:Scare tactics (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44086419)

The violators will be subjected to interrogration by the newly-established Federal Water Board. After federal water boarding, they'll be shipped to Gitmo.

Re:Scare tactics (5, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#44086463)

The government's number one tool in the fight against terrorism.

I hate to say it, but by definition, the only way for terrorism to work is for people to be terrified.

If the People would grow a backbone again, and stop being terrified, no matter if it's salafi jihadists or government propagandists who are attempting the scaring, then there could be no terrorism. War's over, let's pack up and go home.

A skiddish populous is the #1 tool in the effort that has been misnamed the "War on Terror".

Re:Scare tactics (5, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | about a year ago | (#44086549)

Better to live a single day as a lion than a thousand years as a lamb.

Re:Scare tactics (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086673)

When you put it that way... actually, living like a lamb doesn't sound like such a bad idea on the surface. Sounds like a nice, calm, peaceful existence. Whereas living like a lion sounds like every day would be a struggle to survive.

I get what you were trying to say, but there's got to be a better way to say it.

Re: Scare tactics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086743)

Ever seen a wormskin rug?

Re:Scare tactics (2)

Skapare (16644) | about a year ago | (#44086911)

I thought the reason to not live as a lamb was that you had no hope to live a thousand years.

Re:Scare tactics (5, Insightful)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#44086623)

The easiest way to always have terrorists is to create them.

Re:Scare tactics (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#44086701)

True enough, but you're really scraping the bottom of the barrel if you putative scary monsters come from people complaining about government services. Who's next? People who don't pay parking tickets?

Boo!

Re:Scare tactics (4, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44086783)

personally I'm waiting for them to label schoolyard bullies as terrorists since obviously they're terrorizing people and the law must be the same for everyone - no exceptions(exept gov.)!

Re:Scare tactics (1)

ewibble (1655195) | about a year ago | (#44086927)

Of course, if people don't pay their parking tickets, It could mean the end of society as we know it, people just parking anywhere.

In fact people who simply depict illegal parking should, taken away, they are encouraging it.

Re:Scare tactics (0)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#44086513)

All you have to do to stop terrorists is rush zerglings...or maybe that's Terrans

Re:Scare tactics (4, Informative)

rk (6314) | about a year ago | (#44086561)

7-pool is better than a 6-pool, but if they wall off before your zerglings get there, you're toast. Roach timings are better, especially if the Terran goes early expand.

Re:Scare tactics (4, Insightful)

milkmage (795746) | about a year ago | (#44086579)

there may be some foundation though.. remember the "dihydrogen monoxide" prank those Florida DJs pulled on April Fools.

possible felony charges (of course this was radio, so that's understandable because of the panic they caused)

the charges never materialized.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/04/florida-djs-april-fools-water-joke/63798/ [theatlanticwire.com]

Re:Scare tactics (1)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about a year ago | (#44086681)

That story is indeed terrifying for several reasons.

Re:Scare tactics (5, Insightful)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | about a year ago | (#44086777)

In other news Orson Welles is retroactively found guilty of terrorism by a secret government court.

Re:Scare tactics (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086713)

Here's where my imagination runs wild - I mean what I'm about to post is pure fiction:

Somewhere near this town, some very well connected industry and industrialist is polluting the water.

Now, a rich and powerful person who makes a lot of campaign contributions can order his bitch to order the state bureaucrat to hide the problem to intimidate people to shut up. I think it's called racketeering.

Because after all, it's not like corrupt government officials in Tennessee have ever tried to screw over their citizens before [wikipedia.org] .

But this is PURE fantasy and it couldn't possibly happen in real life.Businesses are always trying to clean up the environment even if it hurts their bottom line!

That'll be what I say in my deposition.

Re:Scare tactics (4, Insightful)

mc6809e (214243) | about a year ago | (#44086841)

The government's number one tool in the fight against terrorism.

Is to terrorize innocent people with threats of imprisonment?

Terrorism. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086245)

They should make hiring assholes an act of terrorism.

Re:Terrorism. (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44086433)

I wouldn't be surprised if it actually can be an act of terrorism to make a complaint. In that case don't blame the messenger.

Re:Terrorism. (1)

pipatron (966506) | about a year ago | (#44086469)

Actually, someone in the government who hires an asshole to also work for the government do undermine the credibility of the government, thus reducing its power and in the end weakens the state, so yes, it wouldn't be that far fetched.

This has to end.. (5, Insightful)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about a year ago | (#44086249)

Welcome to the new McCarthyism. Any time you do anything "they" don't like, you're a ter'ist...

Re:This has to end.. (-1, Flamebait)

evilviper (135110) | about a year ago | (#44086501)

Welcome to the new McCarthyism. Any time you do anything "they" don't like, you're a ter'ist...

Because McCarthy was some random jackass making flippant comments, that had tremendous power because he worked for a state's water board, right?

Yeah, I think your comments is just about overblown as this idiot calling people terrorists.

Re:This has to end.. (4, Interesting)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | about a year ago | (#44086739)

I am in agreement with Mister Transistor on this one. Abuse of the terrorist label seems to be going up, not down. I was going to suggest we call what's going on now McCarthyism v2.

Re:This has to end.. (4, Informative)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year ago | (#44086897)

No, the terrorist label is being used exactly in the way it was conceived of by the US governement, as a method to terrorize their citizens to achieve their goals without resistance.

Re:This has to end.. (1, Troll)

erroneus (253617) | about a year ago | (#44086537)

While I generally agree with the concept, there's one problem with McCarthyism you may have missed.

Turns out, after a lot of documents from the era and before have revealed, Russia and the communist movement actually DID have widespread influence over the US government. The results have been quite visible. For example, one obvious result is that "the people" have this ridiculous notion that the government is "here to protect them."

The federal government is not here to "protect us." It is charged with the common defense and general welfare. That's just about it.

Re:This has to end.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086637)

Turns out, after a lot of documents from the era and before have revealed, Russia and the communist movement actually DID have widespread influence over the US government.

What does that matter? The ends (defeating the communist bogeyman) didn't justify the means (harassing people who were labeled communists, causing people to lose their jobs, etc.).

Re:This has to end.. (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about a year ago | (#44086935)

Or, more importantly, losing or even worse, giving up their personal FREEDOM over the purported "boogeyman".

Re:This has to end.. (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#44086669)

The purpose of the Federal Government is to guarantee and secure our freedom and rights. Of course this asshole and most others in the Fed have lost sight of this.

Re:This has to end.. (2)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about a year ago | (#44086719)

Of course this asshole and most others in the Fed have lost sight of this.

SMH. RTFA. Hell, RTFS: "Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director...not a federal official.

Anti-federalists who think that state governments would guarantee and secure our freedom and rights if we just got the feds out of the way, would be amusing if they were not dangerously ignorant of history, law, and fact.

Re:This has to end.. (4, Insightful)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#44086961)

I don't give a shit about him. The Federal Government's job is to guarantee and secure our freedoms and rights. That's the purpose of the Constitution which is supposed to be the basis for all Federal law. From all enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC. Including the dickhead from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Re:This has to end.. (4, Informative)

Truekaiser (724672) | about a year ago | (#44086705)

Umm.
No, they were unfounded.
The 'documents' you're referring to are the venona intercepts.
You can read them here. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/intercepts.html [pbs.org]
It had nothing to do with undermining the entire U.S. Government as McCarthy was paranoid about.
It was about Our government trying to find soviet spys who were only here for one thing. To get information on the atomic bomb.
If you actually knew the history of the time, there was a short period where the united states was the only actor to have nuclear weaponry and everyone wanted it.

Re:This has to end.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086633)

Turns out it's the terrorists who pollute our water and bodily fluids.

it's true you know (3, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#44086257)

Citizen complaints sometimes terrify people!

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086283)

Land of the fr... forget that.
Welcome to the american gulag.

Re:Oh well, it was nice while it lasted... (2)

lennier1 (264730) | about a year ago | (#44086477)

The current situation is simply amazing. You just can't make this shit up:
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1267204/us-cyber-snooping-makes-it-worlds-biggest-villain-our-age-says-xinhua [scmp.com]

Xinhua, China's official news agency, says the US is the world's 'biggest villain' for IT espionage.

Re:Oh well, it was nice while it lasted... (5, Insightful)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#44086565)

I don't know. I think Terry Gilliam was very close to making this shit up when he wrote the script for Brazil.

Re:Oh well, it was nice while it lasted... (1)

Maritz (1829006) | about a year ago | (#44086629)

Bad as the new revelations about the NSA etc are, China really should shut the fuck up about it.

Re:Oh well, it was nice while it lasted... (5, Insightful)

pipatron (966506) | about a year ago | (#44086663)

Why? I've read a lot of articles here on slashdot over the past years about the US accusing China for snooping.

Isn't it fair when it's exposed that the US does the same on an even larger scale, for China to mention this hypocrisy?

I don't get it. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086287)

Why don't they just kill everyone and call it a day?

It's definitely where we're headed to and as nobody seems to care very much, there should be no problem with a referendum for nation-wide suicide going through. That'll show the terrorists, can't scare a dead man. Hah!

Re:I don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086327)

As a none america that would certainly get my vote.

Re:I don't get it. (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about a year ago | (#44086375)

You do realize we would start with everyone outside our borders first, right? Can't leave a possible terrorist alive somewhere in the world. Think Wool [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I don't get it. (2)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#44086793)

It already started [democracynow.org] . There is no killing like the one done with impunity.

Re:I don't get it. (1)

Maritz (1829006) | about a year ago | (#44086645)

"None america"s unite.

Re:I don't get it. (5, Insightful)

click2005 (921437) | about a year ago | (#44086339)

They dont want you dead, just obedient, subservient, docile and blindly supporting them. How can you make them richer & more powerful if you're dead?

Re:I don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086621)

As cheap feed for their Komodo dragons?

Re:I don't get it. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44086709)

They dont want you dead, just obedient, subservient, docile and blindly supporting them. How can you make them richer & more powerful if you're dead?

that's assuming they have any logic left in their actions. it's just a spiral of decisions that has been spiraling so long that I wouldn't bet that they know the original motivations anymore. maybe that's why they're doing so much surveillance, hoping to find out who put the whole garbage train of shit in motion.

Re:I don't get it. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#44086717)

Soylent Green?

Re:I don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086761)

...soylent green ?

Re:I don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086873)

Because then they can take your stuff?

Re:I don't get it. (1)

easyTree (1042254) | about a year ago | (#44086383)

No one left to perform all the menial tasks... duh

Re:I don't get it. (2)

erroneus (253617) | about a year ago | (#44086609)

Because you have to have "someone" to do all the killing. And that's the challenging part. First you have to have a bunch of really stupid people working for you. They're making serious progress in that area. Next, everyone 'else' must be branded as a criminal or terrorist or both. That's the fun part because we're seeing that everywhere too. One of the latest initiatives is electronic license plates! That's right! Imagine how much easier it will be to identify bad people when their license plates are blinking a message to everyone on the road. Every "good citizen" will report you to the authorities at a moment's notice. And of course if your electronic plates aren't working, they'll impound your car.

So now we've got people who think they are "good" being the finger pointers for the dumbasses with guns. It won't be long as we are all fighting each other for "government love and approval" killing each other in the name of "god" as we always have, only the new god is government.

Remember kids (0)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#44086319)

Terrorism is determined by its target, not its methods..

It will give Muzzies another equivocation option (0)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#44086329)

As well as "They drew a nasty picture" they will be able to say "Why do you make such a fuss about the Boston Bomber, 9/11, the Fort hood massacre when there are dozens of non-Muslim terrorists who blatantly complain about the water quality"

They sure look like some of them terrorists (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086331)

Now, don't these people look like some of them terrorists to you?

Let me get my rifle.

I just hate being wrong all the time (5, Insightful)

folderol (1965326) | about a year ago | (#44086337)

yet every time I think officialdom can't get any more stupid, they go and prove me wrong... again!

Re:I just hate being wrong all the time (3, Funny)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about a year ago | (#44086771)

Eventually they will reach a singularity of stupid, from which no intelligence can escape.

Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086355)

Sherwin Smith should be fired immediately. If I threatened my customers, my boss would rightfully fire me on the spot.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (1)

easyTree (1042254) | about a year ago | (#44086393)

fired, from a cannon

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#44086647)

fired, from a cannon

Into the sun.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (4, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44086459)

Sherwin Smith should be fired immediately. If I threatened my customers, my boss would rightfully fire me on the spot.

Public agencies utilities don't have "customers", they have "captive consumers". You can threaten them or piss them off all you want, they have no choice but to keep buying your product or paying taxes at whatever price you set.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086691)

And worse, bureaucrats are often petty tyrants that even the elected officials, even those supposedly over them in hierarchy, fear and it can take more then an act of congress, relatively speaking, to get their employment terminated. Plus, they often have gold leaf parachutes and possibly some bars of it too.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086505)

Let's hear the rest of the recording first. I'm always suspicious of audio clips.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086529)

Nah, they'll say he misspoke and he'll apologize for his poor choice of words. Then when the governor is asked about it he'll say more of the same: we certainly take water quality issues, and that was a very poor choice of words by Mr. Smith.

Update: I just googled, and the first part already happened. [tennessean.com]

The thing is that these folks working together in state agencies for decades are like family to each other. Nobody gets hung out to dry.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (1)

macraig (621737) | about a year ago | (#44086687)

Actually he'd promote you, if the threats worked.

Re:Fire Sherwin Smith immediately (0)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year ago | (#44086751)

Sherwin Smith should be fired immediately. If I threatened my customers, my boss would rightfully fire me on the spot.

- you are confused.

You are not a 'customer' to a government agent, you are not a 'customer' to a government department, you are not a 'customer' of any kind to a government in general, you are captive audience from point of view of monopoly on 'services' and what you really are is a slave and the government is your master.

That's the attitude, you are no longer a citizen, you are a slave. The government is no longer there to 'serve' at your pleasure, it's there to command and terrorise you, it's there to abuse you, steal from you, imprison you, torture and murder you.

A customer is a client to a private company that is there to try and gain your business, that's entirely different from what you are to a government.

A grave threat (5, Funny)

DarkOx (621550) | about a year ago | (#44086359)

This is no doubt the sort of horrifying terrorist plot the NSA telephone surveillance program has been so successful foiling. Thank good we has such dedicated protectors to save us from the terrorists.

Re:A grave threat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086515)

You must have a PhD in sarcasm. That made so much sense. It's so strongly connected to the issues at hand. I applaud you, Mr. Terrorist, living at 1001 Oak Ridge way, North Belvue, NC. Just ignore that noise outside your front door. Oh, and if you hear a loud bang. Drop to the floor and remain still. Follow directions. Everything is being done for your benefit. Smile when they take your picture.

Surely the HS would charge TDEC with false reports (2)

davecb (6526) | about a year ago | (#44086363)

If the citizen was making false complaints to Homeland Security, that would be actionable, but this is TDEC complaining to HS that the citizen is a terrorist. IMHO, this would render the TDEC official the person wasting Staatssicherheit's time with a false complaint. If that's terrorism, then Mr. Smith is encouraging and/or procuring terrorism by having his staff make the reports.

Looks like Salem Witch Trials (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086365)

Everyone is suspect of being a terrorist these days. Let's make some terrrorist cake [wikipedia.org] to identify them.

False threats (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086451)

Do you think that maybe he was referring to the equivalent of yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre? (Poison in the water supply.) Making threats to attack should be taken seriously, whether the method be bombs, guns or poisons.

Re:False threats (1)

Maritz (1829006) | about a year ago | (#44086693)

Making threats to attack should be taken seriously, whether the method be bombs, guns or poisons.

Once you point out the bit where the residents make a threat I'll concede that you have an excellent point here.

Tennessee = hotbed of fascism and idiot rednecks. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086467)

I was once driving through Tennessee and late at night I stopped my car
in a rest area on the Interstate to get 30 minutes or so of much-needed
rest.

A Tennessee state trooper drove up after I had been parked for less than
five minutes and told me if I did not leave the rest area he would arrest me.
I all but begged him to allow me to at least get a few minutes of rest because
I was so tired than it was unsafe for me to drive without a bit of rest. Whereupon
the asshole cop tells me again that if I did not leave NOW he would arrest me.

Fuck Tennessee, I will never cross their state borders again. The place is a shithole.

Re:Tennessee = hotbed of fascism and idiot redneck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086627)

"Rest Area" has nothing to do with rest. it's short for "Arrest Area" everybody knows that!

Sensationalism (0)

jklovanc (1603149) | about a year ago | (#44086503)

As usual the summary is worded to create the most sensational story.

listed as terrorists for giving official complaints

The more accurate version would vave been as follows;

listed as terrorists for giving unfounded official complaints

Basically the complainants are aledgeing that the water is making them sick with no evidence what so ever as to the link between the water and the sickness. There was an offer to test the water that was declined therefore no evidence could be gathered.

Re:Sensationalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086573)

I don't see how this is sensational. The official is trying to squelch people from petitioning their government by making people fear that their complaints will be deemed (legitimately or not) as unfounded and thus labeled as terrorism.

Re:Sensationalism (5, Insightful)

DarkOx (621550) | about a year ago | (#44086617)

listed as terrorists for giving unfounded official complaints

Fine even if that is the case we have other laws that cover things like that. "Making false reports", "libel", and "slander", would be some potential examples. These laws carry with them what most people consider to be appropriate penalties and restitution requirements. Slapping the term "terrorist' on everyone who steps even slightly out line has all sorts of negative consequences.

Re:Sensationalism (3, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#44086661)

Right. And lets take this a step further. What is an "official complaint"? Making a public statement I can understand as designed to instill fear among the general population. But raising the issue either through official channels for such feedback? Nope. They asked for comments, they got them. If they don't like them, tough.

Its also my understanding that the complaints were along the lines of: "This water makes me/my kids sick." Not, "There's poison in the water." The former is subjective and purely dependent on the sensitivity of the particular consumer to some attribute of the water.

Re:Sensationalism (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44086765)

If you're making a water quality complaint you can't know usually 100% that there's something officially wrong with the water.
you see, sometimes if water has a color problem that is not actually a water quality problem. same goes to some tastes the water might have.

so basically he threatened that you can't make a water quality complaint unless there's turds floating in your water... the reason why it's a complaint and not an alarm is that subjectively something about the water feels suspect.

it's friggin stupid to threaten with that, there's other ways they can sue people doing malevolent water quality reports just for the sake of making them extra work. threatening that the federal government is going to kill or take them away if they complain is just stupid(make no mistake that is how "bababa is a terrorist!" threatening is intended to work).

Re:Sensationalism (2)

anyaristow (1448609) | about a year ago | (#44086957)

Perhaps what was meant was don't incite panic making a false claim, as in don't yell "Fire!"

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.

Terrorism is so overrated. (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | about a year ago | (#44086511)

People abusing "terrorism" for bullshitting society are a terrorist threat to society themselves.
Cars kill more people, smoking kills more people, alcohol kills more people.
Educate the sheep. Stop this bullshit.

Re:Terrorism is so overrated. (1)

Azure Flash (2440904) | about a year ago | (#44086763)

People coming up with new forms of terrorist threats are a terrorist threat

Treating free speech as terrorism IS terrorism (3, Interesting)

schwit1 (797399) | about a year ago | (#44086557)

This government official needs to be brought up on charges of making verbal threats and abuse of power.

Re:Treating free speech as terrorism IS terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086635)

I think you missed the lesson here.

Re:Treating free speech as terrorism IS terrorism (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year ago | (#44086949)

Seems to me he nailed it.

(SMACK) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086559)

BAD TENNESSEE! bad! we don't do that! no! no!

don't make me put you on the leash again.

Any civil servant threatening (5, Insightful)

kawabago (551139) | about a year ago | (#44086569)

Any civil servant threatening terrorism charges for complaints from the public should be immediately fired. He/she does not have the public interest at heart.

Re:Any civil servant threatening (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086731)

Perhaps the Obama administration should be impeached if you really think so. Did you know about this [washingtontimes.com] .

Say all you want that its Janet and not Obama, but she was not diciplined, and is still in her office even after Obama won reelection.

Are you a terrorist if... (1)

Streetlight (1102081) | about a year ago | (#44086605)

Are you a terrorist when driving if you come to a stop just beyond the white line at a stop sign or traffic signal? If we allow water board employees to decide who's a terrorist think what traffic cops can do to you for the most minor infraction.

Mr. Smith is the terrorist... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086655)

Threatening people, terrorizing them with these threats is the definition of terrorism.

Personally, I'd like to see some true justice on this asshat, as well as others who threaten to call others terrorists or enemies of the state just because they call into question the acts or quality of service of their product.

Obama should be impeached for allowing and supporting illegal acts of the government.
The entire Attorney General's office should be thrown into gitmo for doing and supporting illegal acts, including murder.
The CIA and FBI should be given receive the death sentence for illegal and treasonous (against the constitution) actions.
The IRS should be shot on general principle (as well as for millions of acts against the H.I.P.A. act)
Judges who support their political party than the laws should be de-benched and made to wear low rise pants in prison.

In short, our entire current government are a bunch of treasonous thugs hellbent on ruining the lives of anyone who doesn't make a million or more a year.

Dang it! (0)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#44086675)

Yer supposed to chew before you swallow. Din't yo' mama teach yo' nuthin'?

arrogant local official playing the terrorist card (1)

Wansu (846) | about a year ago | (#44086723)

This water quality official is projecting his frustration onto the people he is supposed to serve. If he can't do his job, he should resign. Instead, he's trying to play the terrorist card. Embarrassed by this outrage, his superiors have gone into damage control mode saying his remarks were taken out of context and that he later clarified his position.

Wow. Is this what we have to look forward to?

And this is why we should fear government (5, Insightful)

naasking (94116) | about a year ago | (#44086831)

And this is why we should fear how much the government should be allowed to intrude into our lives. Because who knows what sort of low-level bitter bureaucrat may just take a disliking to you, and end up abusing government powers.

Email (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086843)

sherwin.smith@tn.gov

Go on. You know you want to. I did.

Why is this a problem? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086859)

If a certain place in Tennessee wants to outlaw such behavior then so be it. That part of the country has alwayas been associated with conservative politics so if it's a problem just ignore it. Noone ever said that the residents have to live there, and who is going to constantly complaining about the water anyway? This whole issues is moot.

WTF (1)

joseph90 (193138) | about a year ago | (#44086881)

America is becoming a strange place.

(when I previewed this post I saw I had accidentally type strangle instead of strange - Freudian slip?)

Hello slippery slope! Stalin would be so proud! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44086931)

We warned that this would happen. Now it is happening.

Just like with Stalin's regime (the actual inspiration for "1984"), every time the gulags / work prisons used their inmates up (that's meant literally), Stalin declared a new group to be the designated enemy, and incarcerated them.

Girl... America... what happened to you? :/

The proper damage control ... (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year ago | (#44086945)

... would be to fire Sherwin Smith immediately. There is no context for this kind of outrageous behavior. Then hire someone who will be more positive about making the water better.

Sodium Fluoride (1)

Reliable Windmill (2932227) | about a year ago | (#44086947)

Everyone will have their daily forced medication of sodium fluoride. No complaints are allowed!

Abuse of authority (3, Interesting)

tarellel (863902) | about a year ago | (#44086975)

Talk about a massive abuse of authority, it's getting ridiculous how anything that the government doesn't agree with or makes them look bad and they'll use terrorism as excuse to indefinitely detain, control, and slander you.
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