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Jade Helm Is Not A Conspiracy – Here’s Why | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Jade Helm Is Not A Conspiracy – Here’s Why

I collect conspiracy theories; it’s a sort of hobby. Did Prince Philip really send MI6 to murder Diana and Dodi al Fayed? (No; Paris drivers are quite capable of killing people all by themselves). Was Lee Harvey Oswald’s barrage at JFK an impossible feat of marksmanship? (Not at all. Any reasonably decent shot could do it). Was RMS Titanic secretly swapped with a damaged sister ship in a huge, lethal insurance scam? (Unlikely, but there are some intriguing photos that don’t match up). So I’m following the uproar around Exercise Jade Helm 15 with more than a little interest, because this has all the conspiracies you could ask for.

In case you’ve spent the last month hiking in the Gobi desert, Jade Helm 15 is a major exercise aimed at letting special operations troops practice operating in a range of terrains and environments. The southern USA is a perfect place for this sort of training, thanks to its amazing range of terrain types – everything from cities and coastal forests to desert. As a former British soldier, I’m actually really envious; our training areas offered a choice of wet English forests, wet German forests, wet Polish forests or very wet Scottish bogs. The exercise is being run across Texas, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and southern California, which is a pretty large area, but it’s not very manpower intensive; about 1,200 troops will be exercising, mostly from various special forces units, with small contingents of line units as enablers and playing the role of friendly troops.

Jade HelmIt’s hard to say exactly what’s got Chuck Norris and the tinfoil hat crowd so wound up about Jade Helm. Some think it’s an exercise map that designates a couple of states, and the bottom end of California, as “hostile” territory. If so, clearly these are people who don’t know much about the military except maybe a couple of years checking ID cards at an air base gate in the 1950s. Exercises are rehearsals for warfighting. Warfighting involves an enemy. And the enemy has territory. It’s perfectly normal for exercise maps to rename large parts of your own country as “Redland” or something like that.

Then there’s the clothing issue. Special Forces often operate in civilian clothes, and they’ll be doing that during Jade Helm. Some people find this intensely suspicious. After all, someone dressed in typical American clothes would stand out in the Middle East, right? Therefore they can’t be training to operate abroad; therefore, this is all part of a plot by the USA to invade Texas.

Well, no.

The thing about the exercise troops wearing typical American clothes is this: They’re not training in how to get dressed. They’re Special Forces troops, meaning they’re adults, and they already learned how to put clothes on. What they’re practicing is how to operate covertly among a civilian population, without being noticed. I’ve done that on exercises; I’ve covertly met members of the “Anglian Liberation Army” in supermarket cafes. I’ve walked around English cities with a hidden radio earpiece, a pistol stuffed down my jeans and an HK53 in my bag. And I did it all wearing typical British clothes, because the ones I’d be wearing in the Balkans might just have stood out a bit. If the troops taking part in Jade Helm wore what the average conspiracy nut thinks Arabs wear, or even what Arabs really wear, they’d be pretty conspicuous on their travels around the southern USA. That, obviously, is not a good thing when you’re trying to be covert.

Back in reality, the troops probably have the skills to put on different clothes when they deploy to the Middle East (or Ukraine, the Baltic states, North Africa, Latin America…), but wearing US clothes for Jade Helm will let them blend in with the civilian population and get the training value they’re looking for. Obviously, the idiotic decision to send the Texas State Guard to interfere with the exercise won’t help, but I’m pretty sure the Green Berets and SEALs will be able to evade detection. On the bright side, the Guard members are likely to end up hanging around chatting to the uniformed troops who’ll be involved, and building closer links between regular and reserve units is always a good thing.

It’s OK to not trust the government. No government in history has ever been trustworthy. But, it’s a gross insult to the US armed forces to accuse them of being part of some sinister plan to occupy their own country, and to send state troops to screw around with their training. If people don’t understand how the military works they should ask a soldier or veteran, not splatter wild rubbish all over the internet.

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Fergus Mason

Fergus Mason grew up in the west of Scotland. After attending university he spent 14 years in the British Army and served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. Afterwards, he went to Afghanistan as a contractor, where he worked in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Camp Leatherneck. He now writes on a variety of topics including current affairs and military matters.
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5 thoughts on “Jade Helm Is Not A Conspiracy – Here’s Why

  1. Fergus, it is very obvious that you know very little about the history, culture, and mindset of true Texans. More so than most United States Westerners, we have a very strong sense of property ownership, privacy rights, and serious objection to anything that smacks of military occupation. Over one million hunting licenses have been sold annually in Texas consistently for over 25 years primarily for hunting deer with high powered rifles. Nearly one million Texans are licensed to carry concealed pistols. We have “Castle Doctrine” laws that allow us to use deadly force, if we deem it necessary, when we reasonably perceive that we or our property are under threat. While you, and some misguided military types, think it might be nice training to skulk around in the dark, armed, in civilian clothing or some strange military garb off the military reservation, I, the Governor of Texas, and many more clear thinking Texans see the potential for inadvertent and certainly undesirable armed confrontations. Your “tin hat” reference to those who see the potential for tragedy and do not trust the military planners to foresee and preclude such harmful outcomes is condescending and shows your lack of understanding of American “citizens” as opposed to British “subjects”.

  2. Fergus, In the U.S.A. we have a document called the Constitution that limits the power of the federal government over the various states and citizens. Perhaps if you had been aware of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, you would better understand Americans discomfort with “Jade Helm 2015”. To wit:

    The text of the Posse Comitatus Act, which is still in effect (as 18 U.S.C. Section 1385), reads:
    “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

    Today, the Posse Comitatus Act has the same meaning that it had in 1878. It prevents the U.S. armed forces from directing their efforts against U.S. dissident groups. Public sentiment in favor of the Posse Comitatus Act is so strong that a 2006 law permitting an exception to the Act in cases of public disasters (in response to Hurricane Katrina) was repealed a year later.

    You should also be aware that in addition to the Texas National Guard, a military organization similar to those in the other 49 states, there is a Texas State Guard, wholly separate, and the principal organization responsible under the Texas Governor’s direction, to be a first responder in time of disaster or public need. It was the leadership of the Texas State Guard that Governor Abbott directed to monitor the activities Jade Fountain 2015 in Texas to mitigate any problems that might arise. Of course the ignorant saw this as a reason to ridicule his precautionary action.

    1. I have heard of the constitution. I’ve even heard of the Posse Comitatus Act. What I don’t see is how it applies to an exercise by the United States military that is NOT directed against US dissident groups. Military forces train. Sometimes that involves training among the civilian population. I’m sure you appreciate how idiotic it would be to send troops on operations and expect them to learn on the job; people get killed that way.

      Sending the Texas State Guard – and yes, I’m even aware that they’re not the same thing as the Texas ANG – to interfere with the exercise is going to cause a lot more problems than it solves. Apart from vastly increasing the likelihood of confrontations, by fuelling paranoia, it’s likely to degrade the training value gained by the exercising troops. That will increase the level of danger they’re in when they deploy.

      If you have any affection and respect for the US military – which I do, despite spending at most a couple of months a year in the USA – you wouldn’t deny them relevant and realistic training. Yes, military training involves “skulking around”, generally armed and sometimes in civilian clothes. Do you have any better suggestions on how US special forces could train in how to operate covertly among a civilian population? Or is your NIMBYism so much more important that you haven’t even considered the safety of American soldiers?

      p.s. I’m a British citizen. The idea that people from the UK are subjects not citizens is outdated rubbish.

      1. Once again your pomposity and “shoot From The Hip” mentality cause you to entirely miss the point of my criticism. You do not just jump to unwarranted conclusions, you leap to them with 7-league boots. I am, bye the bye, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army and closely related to more than one career Special Forces operator so I am fully aware of the need for specialized training under unusual circumstances. I have participated in the creation of training grounds for just such operations that were carried out successfully in Texas. The difference in those operations and the Jade Helm presentation made in Bastrop, Texas was that the previous advanced teams worked through a trusted local representative to explain to locals in a way that ensured their cooperation and did not panic them. The impression given to the Bastrop people was that the exercises were for training for imposition of martial law which set off red flags and generated mistrust. The Governor did not order the leadership of the Texas State Guard to “interfere” with the Jade Helm operation but only to monitor it. The hope being that unwanted and potentially dangerous confrontations between the civilian population and military operators would be avoided. It is not ” NIMBYism” at work here, Hundreds of thousands of acres of land are leased to the Federal Government by the State of Texas for military training. It is that operations such as Jade Helm will need close coordination with the civilian government and not a cavalier approach to imposition.

        1. “The impression given to the Bastrop people was that the exercises were for training for imposition of martial law”

          But that impression was given to them by Chuck Norris, Info Wars and various other crackpots, NOT by the US Army.

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