Operation Jade Helm 15 has stirred up quite the fuss on the interwebs. Depending on what you’ve read or heard you may be wondering whether it is part of a larger conspiracy to disarm law-abiding citizens or whether it is just a multi-state training program for 1,200 elite operators of the U.S. military?
I won’t pretend to have an answer to that question because, honestly, I’m not sure what it is. So, you are free to judge and decide for yourself.
For those of you who fear it is a government conspiracy to institute martial law or confiscate firearms, perhaps you can find just a bit of solace in the fact that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is using his available resources to monitor the training exercise that is set to kickoff on July 15 and last through Sept. 15.
“To address concerns of Texas citizens and ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15,” Abbott wrote in a letter to the commander of the Texas Guard this week.
“During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights, and civil liberties will not be infringes, ” Abbott continued. “By monitoring the Operation on a continual basis, the State Guard will facilitate communications between my office and the commanders of the Operation to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect Texans.”
Jade Helm training exercises will take place in five states, according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, those will include: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.
For what it’s worth, on Monday, a spokesperson for the command told a gathering of concerned citizens in Bastrop County, Texas, that Jade Helm would not cause any problems for the public, emphatically suggesting that it is not an assault on one’s Constitutionally-protected rights.
“All I want to makes sure is that our guys are trained for combat overseas. That is it,” Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria told the group. “For this and for the training tasks at hand, you need large rural area with access to towns as well, because we have to practice some of the logistics that go along with it.”
Lt. Col. Lastoria also dismissed claims that Jade Helm was part of an Obama administration conspiracy to institute martial law.
“You may have issues with the administration. So be it. But this institution right here has been with you for over 200 years,” he was quoted as saying, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “I’ve worn this uniform across five different administrations for 27 years.”