Yes, Sherwin Smith, the deputy director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division Of Water Resources, actually said that complaining about dirty drinking water can be considered an act of terrorism.
Here's what Smith said:
You need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have basis. Because federally, if there's no water quality issues, that can be considered, under Homeland Security, an act of terrorism.There is an official definition of terrorism that is written into the Code of Laws of the United States. According to the federal Code of Laws, acts of terrorism is defined as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets."
Concerned citizens complaining about dirty, unsafe drinking water to state water resources authorities is certainly NOT what I would call an act of terrorism. Sherwin Smith, who is a water quality official in Tennessee, is equating events like the Oklahoma City Bombing, the September 11, 2001 Attacks, and the Boston Marathon Bombing to official complaints about dirty, unsafe drinking water. That is a textbook example of false equivalence.