Titan Cement sues residents for speaking out

You can breathe the polluted air, drink the tainted water, eat the mercury-laden fish, but don't open your yap and complain about it:

Titan America LLC and Carolinas Cement Co. LLC have sued two New Hanover County residents charging they made defamatory and untrue statements about Titan's push to obtain permits to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne.

The slander complaint, filed Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court, seeks more than $75,000 in damages. On Feb. 28, the case was selected for mediation.

I expect to see the liberty-lovin', Tea Party, don't-tread-on-me-flag-wavin' folks up in arms about this. Oh, that's right, they get their marching orders from AFP and FreedomWorks. Nevermind.

The suit cited damages that included lost revenues and profits, its businesses' reputation and "the goodwill and trade of many persons with whom the plaintiffs otherwise would have had profitable business."

I wish.

I don't see any legal defense fund (yet) where you can help these guys, but you can follow their Citizens Against Titan Facebook Page if you're interested.