Operation Jade Helm 15 starts in less than a week, and hundreds of citizens are part of a movement to monitor the training exercise to ensure that this isn’t President Obama’s attempt at taking over the country with martial law. Since Jade Helm encompasses seven states, these groups exist in more than one state, with the largest groups in Texas and Arizona.
According to the Houston Chronicle, “Counter Jade Helm” has 200 volunteers just in Texas, which is considered “hostile territory” in the exercise. Eric Johnston, one of the leaders in Texas, will oversee about 20 people in three groups, and hopes to be able to monitor Navy SEALs, Green Berets and other special forces in places like Big Spring, Bastrop and Junction.
However, the Chronicle says that some of the precise locations of Jade Helm remain unknown, despite Texas having known about the exercise for months. That’s part of the point of “Counter Jade Helm;” to find out what the military is really up to. Johnston said:
If a team member sees two Humvees full of soldiers driving through town, they’re going to follow them. And they’re going to radio back their ultimate location.
What about what they’re doing in their “ultimate location?” How do these people think they’ll determine whether something is wrong, or just training? While Johnston says these people aren’t worried about martial law, they also don’t trust the federal government. They just want to be sure that the military isn’t under orders to “do anything funny.”
A story in Talking Points Memo says that a retired Marine named Pete Lanteri is leading the “Counter Jade Helm” operation in Arizona. Lanteri said that they’ve gotten lots of volunteer requests from the nutjobs who have bought into the conspiracy theories posted all over the web about Jade Helm. He also said:
Once I saw the freaking nut-jobs coming out of the woodwork I was spending half my day discrediting what they were posting. No nut-jobs will be put in the field.
However, it’s inevitable that these efforts will draw the nutjobs, and they will probably find ways to monitor the operation, with or without “Counter Jade Helm’s” help. It wouldn’t be too terribly surprising if the nutjobs actually try to interfere with the operation, and anything bad that happens as a result will be spread far and wide as “proof” that this is Obama’s final plan to take over the country and throw all the good, god-fearing conservatives into FEMA camps.
It’ll be interesting to see whether “Counter Jade Helm” itself will turn into a conspiracy machine, or not. How do they think they’re going to determine what’s “funny” and what’s normal training? Come Sept. 16, the conspiracy theorists will be laughingstocks. Will “Counter Jade Helm” also be?
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