We have heard the paranoia time-and-again. Especially from North Korea. Every time the U.S. and South Korea plan a training exercise, North Korea claims that it is really a cover for an invasion of the north. We hear all sorts of bellicose rants from their “leader” about how the North will defend itself against these aggressive moves.
Unfortunately, we are now hearing the same paranoia from our own right-wing wackos. That is right, we are hearing that a military exercise designed to train our special forces, as well as other parts of our military, that is being conducted in seven states this summer is really a conspiracy to enforce “martial law.”
This summer, the military is planning a training exercise in seven states. In five of those states, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado special forces troops will be training. In a statement, the U.S. military said:
Members of U.S. Army Special Operations Command will train with other U.S Armed Forces units July 15 through Sept. 15 in a multi-state exercise called Jade Helm 15.
USASOC periodically conducts training exercises such as these to practice core special warfare tasks, which help protect the nation against foreign enemies. It is imperative that Special Operations Soldiers receive the best training, equipment and resources possible.
While multi-state training exercises such as these are not unique to the military, the size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart. To stay ahead of the environmental challenges faced overseas, Jade Helm will take place across seven states. However, Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) will only train in five states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The diverse terrain in these states replicates areas Special Operations Soldiers regularly find themselves operating in overseas.
The training exercise will be conducted on private and public land with the permission of the private landowners, and from state and local authorities. In essence, all exercise activity will be taking place on pre-coordinated public and private lands.
The public can expect nothing much different from their day-to-day activities since much of exercise will be conducted in remote areas. The most noticeable effect the exercise may have on the local communities is an increase in vehicle and military air traffic and its associated noise.
Military training exercises are nothing new. They have been going on since there was a military. It is the only way to make sure our troops are properly trained in performing their duty. But, over at Infowars, Alex Jones, infamous for his conspiracy theories doesn’t believe the military. His Infowars has started a crazed attack on the exercise.
For example, The Drudge Report aggregated a number of stories about the exercises, directing readers to Infowars—including a March 24 story that said the trainings in Utah and Texas led observers “to fears that traditionally conservative areas may be a simulated target for future domestic operations.” Yeowee!
What their fears really boil down to is that the administration is secretly preparing for an “invasion” of Texas! Don’t believe me? Take this from a frightened Texas citizen’s reaction:
The idea that training among small towns in the USA is supposed to provide “realism” for operating in Afghanistan or Iraq is utterly absurd. For one thing, small towns in America don’t have teams of local rebels setting up roadside IEDs to destroy humvees and their occupants. Special Forces operatives are more likely to encounter people hurrying their way to Starbucks than trying to run any sort of armed resistance actions. No, military training on the streets of America isn’t “realistic” training for fighting wars overseas. It’s only “realistic” for military action that takes place on the streets of America itself.
Or how about this gentleman from “The Common Sense Show” who has become convinced that this is far more insidious even than a practice for the day the U.S. military launches martial law throughout Texas:
In recent days, I have learned that the reason that we are seeing Jade Helm activity in so many areas and we are also witnessing the prepositioning of massive military equipment, is because Jade Helm forces will isolate certain geographic areas, thus trapping a segment of the population and keep them from fleeing to other areas. The second part of Phase III of the Jade Helm operation will be the insertion of Special Forces death squads among the civilian population which will target key dissident leaders.
Really? The military is going to insert Special Forces “death squads” to target key dissident leaders? Just who might these “dissident leaders” be? God-fearing Patriots, that’s who. Groups like the Tea Party of course! This gentleman from “The Common Sense Show” went on to say:
“Patriot groups across the country are preparing to launch a ‘Counter Jade Helm’ operation to keep tabs on a controversial U.S. military exercise that some fear is part of preparations to train troops for civil unrest and martial law”. Among those protesting the Jade Helm 15 drills are former Special Operations forces as well as many veterans groups. Along these lines, I am beginning to receive invitations to speak about Jade Helm to various groups including the Oath Keepers.
In case you don’t know who the Oath Keepers are, they are former and current members of the military who take an oath to disobey orders which violate the constitution. Who decides what the constitution says in these matters is apparently left up to Alex Jones.
Then there is this:
“It’s the same thing that happened in Nazi Germany: You get the people used to the troops on the street, the appearance of uniformed troops and the militarization of the police,” Bastrop resident Bob Wells told the Statesman after the meeting. “They’re gathering intelligence. That’s what they’re doing. And they’re moving logistics in place for martial law. That’s my feeling. Now, I could be wrong. I hope I am wrong. I hope I’m a ‘conspiracy theorist.’”
The really scary part of all of this nonsense, is that the Governor of the State of Texas, Gregg Abbott, has bought into this stupidity. Or, maybe he has always believed these conspiracy theories all along. Anyway, yesterday, the AP reported:
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15″ amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover…
“It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed,” Abbott wrote. “By monitoring the Operation on a continual basis, the State Guard will facilitate communications between my office and the commanders of the Operation to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect Texans.”
So we now have a governor of one of our own states who is spurting out the same paranoia that North Korea spouts every time there is a training exercise in South Korea. I guess paranoia is not the sole domain of North Korea.
In order to put this in proper perspective, Glenn Smith, the director of the Progress Texas PAC said:
“Abbott’s pandering to paranoid, secessionist fools would be comical if it wasn’t so costly and frightening. Abbott has the state military confronting the U.S. military because some nut cases fear, what, armed U.S. takeover of Texas? Seriously? What next? Will Abbott call out the troops to protect us from alien abduction, abominable snowmen and Bigfoot, or should I say an invasion of Bigfeet?”
There you have it. The U.S. military is conducting a training exercise that is really a covert operation that is intended to “invade” Texas and impose Martial Law on its citizens. Forget the fact that there are 15 military bases and hundreds of thousands of military personnel already stationed in Texas.
Remember one thing about Texas. They are not about to give up on their paranoia anytime soon. Just the other day, a Congressman from Texas announced that the riots in Baltimore were really being caused by “same-sex” marriage. I am certain that Alex Jones and Abbott will be able to link this “invasion” of Texas to same-sex marriage too.
This is what happens when a major political party let’s their fringe take control. Paranoia becomes mainstream!