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Jade Helm 15 and the Conspiracy Theories

A Reality Check on Military Exercises

By Mark Alexander · July 15, 2015   Print

“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which … beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” —James Madison (1790)

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Have you heard about Jade Helm 15? If the answer is "no," then you don't get your "news" from the paranoid purveyors of conspiracy theories at websites such as Infowars and World Net Daily. They gin up concern about non-issues in order to drive traffic to their websites — and to thereby sell advertising, products and services.

Jade Helm 15 is the name of a major military exercise scheduled to run between 15 July and 15 September. The exercise is coordinated by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and involves special forces units of the Army and other service branches.

According to the Army SpecOps Command: "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."

An unclassified power point lays out the exercise in some detail. It involves about 1,200 military personnel, primarily Army Green Berets and infantry, but also some Navy SEALS and Air Force special operators.

Compared to other recent domestic military exercises, Jade Helm is large for peacetime practice (if you consider these to be "peacetimes") and it's the "the size and scope" that has all the conspiracy conscripts concerned that its real purpose is to prepare for an imminent declaration of martial law.

In Texas, home to almost two million active duty military personnel and veterans, the king of charismatic conspiracy kooks, Alex Jones, has generated a lot of heartburn among his unwitting lemmings.

Jones says he stopped using marijuana because "it made me paranoid," then dropped out of Austin Community College before launching his Austin-based conspiracy enterprises, Infowars and his populist radio programs. Over the last few months, he has alerted his two million listeners that Jade Helm is “way worse than you realize," claiming it was really about "military, police working together toward population control," and "the U.S. Army’s plan to wage war on the American people." According to Jones, "They're going to practice breaking into things and stuff. This is going to be hellish. Now this is just a cover for deploying the military on the streets... This is an invasion ... in preparation for the financial collapse and maybe even Obama not leaving office."

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Jones has ginned up concern with headlines like "Beyond Denial: Preparations for Martial Law in America," warning that the "U.S. military is positioning itself to take over the states and declare martial law."

This is the same Alex Jones who insists the federal government staged the Oklahoma City bombing and that George Bush organized the 9/11 attack.

He has stirred up so many Lone Star folks that Gov. Greg Abbott is having the State Guard monitor Jade Helm in an effort to quell the discontent. According to Abbott, "It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed."

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert says his office “has been inundated with calls," and adds, “Certainly, I can understand these concerns. When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mack Thornberry (R-TX) says that the idea of our military acting as Obama’s “private army” was “just silly.” And of course it is.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he had “no reason to doubt” the nature and purpose of this exercise, and offered a rational explanation for the Jade Helm concerns: "I think part of the reason is we have seen, for six years, a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens. And that produces fear. When you see a federal government that is attacking our free speech rights, or religious liberty rights, [and] our Second Amendment rights, that produces distrust as to government."

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter assured those concerned that the DoD has been “very open and upfront about our training activities” and “very responsive” to citizen inquiries — and they have.

Unfortunately, otherwise rational grassroots folks get swept up by conspiracy charismatics.

So, reality check — should folks be concerned about "the size and scope" of the Jade Helm exercise?

The short answer is "no," but I admit that my perspective on such exercises is somewhat biased.

Having held for almost 25 years an executive-level appointment in a reserve national security capacity (one of those so-called "shadow government" folks assigned to FEMA/DHS), I have been involved in more than a few training exercises for senior military personnel.

Thus, I can assure you that the number of conservative Patriots in uniform is much higher than in any other profession. May I remind you that, according to reputable annual surveys conducted by The Military Times, Barack Obama's approval rating among military personnel has fallen from a paltry 35% in 2009 to just 15% now, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55%.

Obama loathes our military Patriots, as most of them do him. Frankly, he has far more concern about military loyalties than the good people of Texas need have. The notion that somehow our military Patriots will follow a pathological narcissist like Obama down a path to tyranny is patently absurd.

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This is not to say that Americans should not be vigilant against the mischief that can infiltrate standing armies when a Socialist Democrat occupies the Executive Branch.

In 2010, we were alerted by some of our readers within the military that the designer of an Army security exercise listed the grassroots Tea Party among the terrorist groups that might assault Ft. Knox — “in order to make it more realistic.” We exposed this exercise in a column titled "Army Preps for Tea Party 'Terrorists'," and within hours of publication we heard from the commanding officer at Ft. Knox that the exercise was scrapped and the individual who drafted that scenario was being disciplined.

But there is a wide gulf between rational vigilance and the conspiracy hysterics currently associated with Jade Helm.

Rational vigilance has its origins with our Founders.

In 1783, George Washington wrote, "A large standing Army in time of Peace hath ever been considered dangerous to the liberties of a Country, yet a few Troops, under certain circumstances, are not only safe, but indispensably necessary."

In 1787, in a speech before the Constitutional Convention, James Madison argued, "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home."

Consequently, Article I, Section 8, Clause 12 of our Constitution reads, "The Congress shall have Power To ... raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years..."

In other words, our Founders understood that the size of our military should comport with the exigencies of the time. Unfortunately, the current CINC does not understand those exigencies.

Our Founders also understood that American security against a standing army whose leaders disregarded their solemn oaths to defend our Constitution was contained in the plain language of that venerable document's Second Amendment as the first assurance of the unalienable Rights of Man.

In 1787 Noah Webster observed, "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States."

Madison, who was the principal author of our Constitution, noted, “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. ... [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.”

Our Founders uniformly understood that the individual right to self-defense constituted the best defense of Liberty for the whole people. Madison's Supreme Court appointee, Justice Joseph Story, best summed up the Second Amendment: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

A century after the American Revolution, Congress enacted a specific prohibition, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, greatly limiting the use of military forces by federal authorities in a domestic law enforcement capacity. The primary exception is the use of National Guard and state defense forces under the authority of the governor of a state.

So what to do with the conspiracy propagandists on the Left and Right?

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First, it's worth understanding the nature of such theories and those who buy into these deceptions.

Every conspiracy theory is a combination of a foundational fact plus a lot of fiction heaped upon it — and each depends on a basic maxim, “You can’t prove a negative.” Pop conspiracy theories are all constructed on this predictable formula: 10% substance and 90% fragrance.

Most of these conspiracies assert the existence of a global political or economic “star chamber," often puppet masters who are members of the Bilderberg Group or the Council on Foreign Relations.

Most disciples of such nonsense are not inherently ignorant or bad, but they harbor basic insecurities that compel them to grasp “straw man” explanations when their insecurities are triggered. The sense of order out of chaos derived from a conspiracy theory tends to satiate their insecurity. Notably, they are often most vulnerable to Internet conspiracy gurus, who decode events with greatly simplified theories. The most ardent adherents within these cults — the 9/11 "Truthers," for example — have surrendered their willingness to discern fact from fiction in order to sustain their sense of security.

Beyond understanding the psychology behind this phenomenon, conspiracy theorists should be boldly called out for the pathetic frauds they are, and we should encourage anyone who subscribes to their folly to stop drinking their toxic Kool-Aid.

Jones, et al., are doing an enormous disservice to the conservative movement in Texas, dragging a lot of otherwise rational folks down a rat hole and creating unwarranted tension between civilian and military Patriots. Jones has never taken an oath "to Support and Defend" our Constitution, nor has he served a day in uniform. He has no understanding of the sense of duty, honor and sacrifice that forms the foundational drive among our military personnel.

He is promoting division between uniformed and non-uniformed Patriots at a time when military morale is very low.

Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican who served under Rick Perry, published a Dallas Morning News op-ed calling out the travesty of the Jade Helm conspiracy clowns. Dewhurst wrote, “Unfortunately, some Texans have projected their legitimate concerns about the competence and trustworthiness of President Barack Obama onto these noble warriors. This must stop.”

Indeed it must.

Pro Deo et Constitutione — Libertas aut Mors
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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I think this is far more likely to be the case than anything else I've read about this particular exercise, ie martial law, fema camps at Walmart, etc.  People are too aware right now for any type of lockdown to succeed.  They're going to let the "hysteria" die down, then, when you least expect it...

You castigate the "9/11 truthers" as some kind of paranoid idiots, but you totally mention absolutely NOTHING about the science of the fall of the towers. There are over 2,000 PROFESSIONAL architects and engineers who have spent their entire careers designing buildings just like the twin towers. To totally disregard the absolute scientific facts is, as far as I am concerned, totally irresponsible on your part. Science proves factually...PERIOD! The LUST for absolute power over others (speaking of the so-called elite class in power today) is another aspect that people need to understand, and the common working man, or woman, gives it absolutely no thought, for the majority of them.

BS.

I never believed the military would turn on the citizens.  If anything, I think JH conspiracy theories may have been deliberately floated to scare people into passing stories that would make them look paranoid or crazy when JH turned out to be nothing more than a military exercise.  You know, ruin their credibility.  I read today that the "monitoring" that Texas Governor Abbott said he would undertake to protect Texas is nothing more than a few phone calls between the military to the state guard, then the state guard to his office to review the days schedule.  The state guard isn't even leaving their Austin office, just taking notes over the phone.

Whether there are true patriots in our armed forces or not I do NOT trust our government nor Obama.  Something serious is going on and to claim "conspiracy theorists" are stirring up people may not be the correct response.  We just struck a deal with Iran and in doing so Obama is providing aide and comfort to a declared enemy of the USA and he should be impeached, removed from office and hung, ASAP.

Bob your ABSOLUTLY correct. I have researched and read both sides of the 9/11 issue. To agree with the Governments explanation you have to dis reguard all science and the eye witness reports as to the towers and the pentagon, you have to disregard the owner of the towers and the money he made from the disaster as and the Billions of unaccounted government funds that went missing and that all records concerning it were conviently wiped out by the event. Anyone who will diligently do the research and investigate both sides of the issue has to come away realizing that we were not told the truth, we were purposely lied to, that some of our allies were involved. The Architects and engineers who researched it, the Thermolite that was discovered and that burned for weeks, the fact that jet fuel can not burn hot enough to melt steel, I could go on but only those who could believe the governments explanation obviously have not investigated all of their claims.

< 1 % have any worthwhile / valid knowledge of Americas current crisis and / or the true culprits.

look no further than Who controls the currency...was 911 contrived as a means for invasions in the Middle East ?

No matter who did 9/11 the results are still the same, TSA, DHS, SAA, NDAA,  and others. Invading a wasteland was to keep us thinking these new forces of evil were necessary. Have you ever read E. O. 13603? For me there is no guess work as to what is going on.

If Mr. Alexander believes there is no Conspiracy in Operation Jade Helm, he's badly mistaken...Special Ops doesn't go into any community just to play games....End of story!

Special ops work in many places that no one knows about - I just played golf with a retired Special Ops commander - you just do not know they are there - that is the way they are trained to operate.

In Vietnam we called them the black pajama boys.

I guess maybe they do play golf......Special Ops is geared to gather intel whether on the golf course or in the remote villages of Vietnam.....Black Pajama Boys?  Yeah, they are good at that...

Alex Jones is certainly not the only person who believes Jade Helm is preparation for something far more sinister.  There are many, including veterans, who believe as Jones does.  The bottom line is the distrust of Obama, and that is not going to go away.  He is alienating our allies and befriending our enemies.  He is blatantly anti-American, and I also believe he is anti-Christian.  But Obama is just the puppet.  There is a criminal cabal of psychopaths, probably related to the Khazarian mafia, that has controlled this country for decades, and aims to control the whole world.  They have created false flags that enable them to take away our liberties, started all the wars and funded both sides, facilitated drug cartels and child trafficking, bribed politicians, funded campaigns of pedophiles or homosexuals that they can later blackmail in order to promote their own causes, created a monetary system out of thin air with fiat currency and loaned it to people who then have to pay back the loan with interest in real money (which is how they have stolen the wealth of all the people), created the illegal and unconstitutional Federal Reserve (owned by the Rothschilds), caused the illegal creation of a Federal income tax in order to finance their evil activities, brainwashed the public by mocking their beliefs and disparaging all morals,  I have seen far too much evidence to be able to continue in a state of denial.  Bush and Clinton are both in the top echelon of families who are connected to the Rothschilds and Rockefellers at the top of the pyramid.  I would encourage you to do your own research, as I have, before you decide what or who you're going to believe.  You can start with the video entitled "From JFK to 911 Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick".  When you get to something you don't believe, then look it up.  You might be surprised at how many 'hits' you get on Google, and you also might be surprised at the credibility of the sources.  The truth about 9/11 is just beginning to come out - and hopefully, they will release that 28-page document that some of our members of Congress have asked to be released.  It is already known that the Saudis are implicated, but those facts have been available for some time, if you look in the right places.  For a long time, I was in complete denial of these so-called 'conspiracies.'  That is no longer the case.  I believe it is because so many people are beginning to 'wake up' to truth that we are being accelerated into the New World Order, which will dissolve our sovereignty, provide the world with one and only one religion, one currency, and one ruler.  The plan is to decrease the population by 90%, so that those who remain will be able to be controlled and contained by the ruling elite.  This is an indisputable fact.  Research Agenda 21 - the U.N. Document.  It's all spelled out.  Whenever our economy collapses, the NWO will probably begin in full force.  I feel very sorry for the people who still believe we are still functioning as a constitutional Republic - the people who close their minds, as I once did, to the possibility of something evil going on in the world that is destroying life as we know it.  The only way to stop the progression is for many more people to wake up and literally take our country back.  In the meantime, make everything right with God, and pray hard.  So, I'm not so concerned about Jade Helm except as to how it relates to the future of our country, which I am VERY concerned about.  (And NONE of this info came from Alex Jones...)

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