The alternative media, or at least the conservative alternative media, has been ablaze with reports of Jade Helm 15 lately. In case you hadn’t heard, Jade Helm is an upcoming military exercise to run from July to September. That in and of itself isn’t anything remarkable, as the military is always running training exercises of one sort or another. Unless they are engaged in fighting, they need those exercises to keep the edge.
But there are a number of things about Jade Help that are remarkable. First of all, it’s probably the biggest military exercise ever run on U.S. soil. Federal law limits what the military can do on U.S. soil and so most military training exercises are held on military bases. Yet this seems to be almost exclusively being run in civilian areas.
This exercise is being run by the Special Forces community, through the various branches of service and is ostentatiously an exercise in tracking and capturing terrorists who have crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. While a worthy training exercise, there are many who are questioning if that is the true aim of the exercise. Specifically, it has been mentioned by a number of people as a potential prelude to martial law.
Why Do We Doubt?
By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com
While the media has been busy trying to reassure the public over the frightening tone and scope of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises, it is clear that many Americans are not buying it.
Establishment outlets everywhere are scrambling to declare with authority that there is nothing to see here.
A cursory news search reveals a clear meme being circulated that all is quiet on the front and that Jade Helm is most certainly not martial law training:
But are these media tactics working?
A recent poll conducted by Rasmussen, the country is indeed quite alarmed over the exercise, with a near majority concerned about federal intrusion and apparent preparations to use martial law during crises – perhaps not too much different than what is going on in Baltimore, or previously in Ferguson.
Eight weeks of U.S. military exercises this summer in several southwestern states – dubbed Jade Helm 15 – have some wondering if the government is preparing for martial law. Most voters don’t oppose such exercises, but a surprising number worry about what the federal government is up to.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their state. Just 16% are opposed, but slightly more (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 21% believe the government’s decision to conduct military training exercises in some states is an infringement on the rights of the citizens in those states. Sixty-two percent (62%) disagree. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
But 45% of voters are concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states, with 19% who are Very Concerned. Just over half (52%) are not concerned that the government has an ulterior motive for the training exercises, including 26% who are Not At All Concerned.
Among voters who oppose military exercises in their state, 82% are concerned that the federal government has greater control in mind. Just 34% of those who favor the exercises share that concern.
This poll gives documented reasons to think that many are waking up to the abuses of power, not just of police in urban areas, but of the larger system of government using scare tactics to demand more power for all of its agencies.
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Jade Helm, but the powers that be are doing everything they can to deflect attention from the merits of this issue – and denial and ridicule, as usual, are the first tools at hand to dismiss public concerns. The Dallas Morning News wrote :
Several websites have spread fear along the Internet that the 8-week exercise this summer in seven states is a ruse to impose martial law and confiscate guns in hostile states.
The conspiracy theory was bolstered when Gov. Greg Abbott this month wrote a letter to the Texas State Guard, ordering them to monitor the exercises to ensure civil rights were maintained.
Rasmussen pollsters said the reaction of those polled to the exercises reflects a heightened feeling of distrust for the federal government among voters.
Almost half of those polled – 47 percent – believe the federal government has too much influence over state governments, but that number has dropped from 56 percent five years ago.
Quick conspiracy theory: Could the identification of Texas as “hostile” in the Jade Helm exercise – conducted to “master the human domain” – be linked to its fierce political attitude towards federal government meddling? Did Texas win the role of ‘hostile’ in the military exercise because of:
a) the previous governor’s history of branding succession from the union as a political rally point, b) Texas’ refusal to give “dual command status” over Texas National Guard to the Fed’s emergency relief powers after Hurricane Rita, c) conspiracy talk and “radio-show driven” fears about martial law, d) its status as a pro-gun, pro-Constitution hold out for a staunch conservative base and a swelling libertarian-minded demographic, or the general attempts to turn the state blue for electioneering purposes, or e) all of the above and more.
This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Nearly Half of Americans Concerned Jade Helm Will “Impose Greater Control Over States”
By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com
There’s been a lot of concern over the upcoming Jade Helm exercises taking place in several U.S. states this summer. The operation to “master the human domain,” as the military refers to it, is such a significant event that Governor Greg Abbott promised Texans he’d have the State Guard on stand-by to ensure the Federal government wouldn’t use the purported training operation to implement a state of martial law. His actions, though attacked by some, show just how far Federal law enforcement overreach in America has come since September 11th, 2001.
There are a great deal of Americans who are scared of where operations like Jade Helm and economic collapse simulations are going. Military, law enforcement and government officials say these types of exercises are just business as usual and there’s no imminent crisis approaching. It’s a typical response from a bureaucracy that has been labeled the most secretive in history, and since very little substantive information is being released to the public by traditional information pipelines like the corporate media, many have turned to alternative sources to gather information they can’t find anywhere else.
Last week, for example, a Texas Ranger made the claim that shackles have been spotted on train cars moving through the state, a report that laid further credence to the notion the government is preparing for a crisis situation where they may have to subdue, detain and incarcerate large groups of people. Given that the focus is on states the government has dubbed “hostile” (such as Texas and Utah) it wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility that a widespread crisis, complete with civil unrest that will require swaths of armed personnel, is exactly what the government is preparing for.
The Texas Ranger’s claims were dismissed by some as fabrications, especially since he chose to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions given the stance the government has recently taken with whistle blowers.
But despite the marginalization of whistle blowers and news outlets like Infowars.com, The Common Sense show, and scores of others, the government is obviously preparing plans for dissident roundups in the future. The facts on this are clear and the President even signed a Doomsday Executive Order in 2012 giving himself the authority to seize everything from water and food resources to power plants and skilled laborers should he ever have to declare a national emergency.
Perhaps a federal takeover through a martial law declaration is not imminent over coming months, but how else can we explain the absolutely massive exercises now being positioned across the continental United States?
And what are we to tell our children when they see the war machine in full swing on the streets of America?
Here’s a small selection of what people around the country have been able to record and broadcast as the government gets ready for this summer.
Captured in Slayton, Texas within the last 24 hours:
And if they’re not preparing to deal with civil unrest and large, unruly and potentially violent crowds of people, then what do they need all of these microwave weapons for?
Spotted on I-80 near Reno, Nevada:
Along I-5 in Southern California: “Those trains are full of equipment…”
Helicopters all over the country:
And of course, no “Mastering the Human Domain” military exercises would be complete without dissident arrests. This may explain why the Texas Ranger mentioned above reported shackles in train cars. And, once arrested, they’ll have to transport these people. It’s been suggested that FEMA camps are already prepared to handle large populations of prisoners.
Does this look like a typical training exercise to you, and one that is supposedly designed for foreign theaters of war as claimed by military officials? Or do you think maybe someone, somewhere is planning for a major domestic crisis event in the near future?
This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Domestic War Machine: Look At All This Armor The Government Is Moving For Jade Helm Military Exercises