By Chris Rivera
Parts of the internet went hysterical when they first found out about the military exercise known as Jade Helm 15. It was with the help of Governor Greg Abbot (R), of Texas, that helped fan the flames of the conspiracy that Jade Helm is a mass cover up that will allow for the federal government to invade Texas, and take away their guns and put its citizens under martial law.
People like Greg Abbot and Alex Jones, of Infowars.com, like to point to the map that shows the seven states that are participating within this exercise as evidence of the malicious intent that Obama Administration is planning on orchestrating. The map list Texas and Utah as hostile, with pockets of California also showing as hostile and New Mexico as uncertain, but leaning hostile.
Greg Abbot even called on the State Guard of Texas to monitor military operations to make sure Jade Helm is just a military exercise. His argument for wanting the State Guard to oversee the military while they are running Jade Helm is because, “it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”
Presidential candidates also got into mix, Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, told Bloomberg that he, “has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” and he is, “assured it is a military training exercise.” He further went on to say that he understood, “the reason for concern and uncertainty.”
But the truth is that Jade Helm 15 is a multi-state military operation for the Navy Seals, the Green Berets, and other special forces in the military. Jade Helm 15 will last eight weeks, and will begin on July 15th and end September 15th. The purpose for this exercise is to give soldiers in the Special Forces training in a terrain that will be similar to one they might find themselves in when fighting overseas.
Jade Helm is not the first multi-state military exercise; there was Bold Alligator, which was a naval exercise, which involved thousand of marines and sailors. There was also Robin Sage, which happened to take a deadly turn when a police officer pulled over a suspicious truck, where he killed one soldier and wounded another.
The difference between Jade Helm 15 and other multi-state exercises is the mere scope of the exercise. This training will take place in: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, with the majority of the training taking place in Texas.
With regards to the map, Washington Post has verified that it is legitimate, listing territories as hostile on a map is common for the purpose of training, and has done so in past exercises like Bold Alligator.
But I guess we will just have to wait and see, on July 15th, if the conspiracy theorists are telling the truth, or if they are just worried about nothing.