Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Texas Guard to Monitor Jade Helm Operation

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Operation Jade Helm 15 which will hold training exercises in five states.  (Photo: Washington Post)

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.”

Abbott Jade Helm 15 Letter

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  • REX May 9, 2015, 2:38 pm

    IT’S JUST AN EXERCISE, IT WILL SOON BE OVER!!!!

    • Sid Greenfield December 28, 2016, 8:48 pm

      After more than a year and a half … Jade Helm was never shut down.
      Where were all the “Returning” equipment and munitions trains ??? Where were all the “Returning” troop convoys ??? We certainly saw an awful lot of them fanning out into the South Western states when they deployed … and yet, not a single news story about the termination and return to barracks when the “exercise” supposedly ended.

  • Jay May 9, 2015, 6:37 am

    I don’t wavier into the conspiracy 100% however anyone with any common sense that has followed current events especially since obamisim took over, well let’s just say I’d rather be prepared and not need to be, then caught with my pants down! I can appreciate that Governor Abbott did, he at least he is letting Texan citizens know, ok, we’ll keep an eye on things!

  • MagnumOpUS May 5, 2015, 3:54 pm

    “William Scott” said whatever he said, but who are you to discredit him in the presumptive and self appointed role of speaking for gunowners: sane or insane?

    Do you have the clinical skills and are licensed to employ such skills to determine the sanity of another person? Or are you also expressing your own opinion?

    Do you know factually and truthfully the veracity of what he’s claiming? I don’t, but I am not berating him and then going out on a limb to exclaim that “sane” gun owners don’t think this way.

    Not everything everyone believes is wrong or right. One must filter the available information, and commonly, the truth only comes out at the end.

    It matters not who else agrees with you or up votes your sentiment, it’s only your opinion; and you certainly don’t speak for me. I am more than capable of speaking for myself, and don’t give a d&mn about who agrees with me, let alone any indignant retort or inconsequential quips.

    • crazyj May 10, 2015, 9:21 pm

      I 2nd that.

    • Wayne May 11, 2015, 8:41 pm

      Amen Brother!

  • AK May 4, 2015, 4:29 pm

    Nostalgia…the same basement-dwelling psychos spouting the same crap just prior to Y2K. The “US Army Intelligence Colonel” who risked her life to leak ‘20,000 SpecOps Ninjas who were going door-to-door as soon as the lights went out’ to confiscate guns. All under the direction of Nancy Pelosi.

    I do believe Soros and Bloomberg pays you all, probably through Josh Sugarmann, just to make the rest of look as bats**t as you. Think of it…all ’em evil Jooz, takin’ over the world so they can adulterate white Christian blonde girls….dig that bunker a little deeper, Sis….

    • Damon May 4, 2015, 8:52 pm

      I fully agree with you. These “commenters” with all the deep, secret knowledge, are ringers for Moms Demand Action.

      “William Scott”, for the record, in no way, shape, or form, represents the views, attitudes, or beliefs of ANY responsible, respectable, SANE American gun owners or enthusiasts.

      • AK May 5, 2015, 10:08 am

        Thank you Damon.
        Would be nice to see on here voices like ours sufficient to drown out the chaotic chorus of the irreparably delusional. Things are bad enough with the MSM, Bloomberg, Soros, Joyce/Gill/Macarthur Foundations, etc etc to go around inventing NWO space-alien crap that diverts needed attention from the REAL threat.

  • Magnum May 4, 2015, 3:58 pm

    Re:>>>> Quote>>> Its hard to believe what any politician says these day, but I would like to think that Tejas and it’s leader has segregated itself from the union. I want to believe that he has Texas troops on the ground in any case that the union troops go beyond the perameters of this “excersise” . God be with Texas and her citizens. >>>> +2

    Re:>>>> Quote >>> It’s coming folks! They’re going to practice for the real thing. Governor Abbott should tell them that Texas is opting out of this operation. If they tell him to go to hell, we’re in for a s**tstorm! It’s a treasonous action to take over our country by the progressives and the damnocrats. The civil war is about to start all over again! I hope we’re up to the task. >>> + 2…. I’m a Jose Wells ” I’m In !

    • AK May 5, 2015, 10:13 am

      In 1861, men marched off to the Civil War figuring it was going to be a 90 day lark. 4 bloody, unspeakable years and +700,000 dead later, the survivors were a little more thoughtful about finding ways to assuage their boredom, than picking up a rifle against their neighbor.

      Lesson…don’t be too anxious for a civil war, my friend.

  • Too late, & stupid to talk about in media forums. May 4, 2015, 11:42 am

    Silence is Golden, close your mouth.
    Eyes and ears, watch & show a friend; https://youtu.be/Oe1YHswZ33U

    • William Scott May 4, 2015, 1:07 pm

      Take everything Jones says, with several grains of salt… Stratfor and the CIA, etc. supply most of his ‘intel…’ However people should definitely turn OFF the TV (as it’s all propaganda…) and watch every Jade Helm to Jesuit video on YouTube… and after a few hours, move on to the ‘Black Nobility,’ and ‘Red Dragon bloodlines.’ ‘Special Ops’ don’t need to ‘practice’ on US soil… coordinating with local ‘law enforcement,’ to the National guard, under DHS and the UN… and this ain’t about Obummer Co. BTW, Biden is a Jesuit coadjutor and Kerry is 322: Skull and Bones, as were the last two Bushes. Clinton was a Rhodes scholar and Bilderberg pick for president… and both he and wifey, are CFR… So was Cheney, etc., etc. The list goes on and on… ALL OF these perps are cut from the same cloth… and the ‘two party system,’ is a rigged SHAM…

  • BigR May 4, 2015, 11:28 am

    It’s coming folks! They’re going to practice for the real thing. Governor Abbott should tell them that Texas is opting out of this operation. If they tell him to go to hell, we’re in for a s**tstorm! It’s a treasonous action to take over our country by the progressives and the damnocrats. The civil war is about to start all over again! I hope we’re up to the task.

  • Jack May 4, 2015, 11:24 am

    While at the Bastrop, Tx public meeting Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria was asked the question if he had any knowledge of “Agenda 21”?
    Col. Lastoria’s answer was he did not have any knowledge of “Agenda 21” and this is when the group of citizens went into a very disturbed and aggressive state. The meeting ended very shortly thereafter.
    This is just one of the reactions and secrecy’s that I find very disturbing about the Jade Helm 15 maneuvers!

  • david May 4, 2015, 10:14 am

    I think it is training for martial law, that’s what I believe obama wants to do.he wants gun control and take over. if he has his way we will be a socialist country.

  • Aaron May 4, 2015, 9:38 am

    Does this have anything to do with the Walmarts closing?

  • Rob May 4, 2015, 9:01 am

    “this institution right here has been with you for over 200 years”.
    So have three separate branches of government, and now look at them !

  • William Scott May 4, 2015, 5:54 am

    If ‘the guard’ is also INVOLVED in these ‘exercises’ (monitoring, or directly) I doubt they are there to ‘protect the state’ (or national) rights of the citizenry? Quote: “During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights, and civil liberties will not be infringed, ” 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?” Does anyone really BELIEVE this hyperbole? This is a ‘joint exercise’ between ALL manner of local ‘law enforcement’ to ‘special forces,’ on US SOIL. (Which they believe is now UN soil, BTW…) ALL of whom serve the corporate “United States,’ (reinc. in 1982) now clearly serve the United Nations, British Crown and Royal bloodlines, NOT ‘the United States,’ which originally USED TO BE a ‘republic…’ prior to going into ‘receivership’ when it was bankrupted in 1933, after initially being ‘sold out’ in 1871, after the Jesuits had Lincoln whacked… This ‘nation’ had better ‘pull it’s head out,’ turn OFF the TV and get on the net (while it’s still there) and start ‘relearning history,’ as practically EVERYTHING we’ve all been ‘spoon fed,’ is a LIE! Will they go for our guns in 2015? Well… get on say YouTube and watch ALL OF the related videos, then YOU DECIDE… and whatever ANY politician or ‘mainstream media’ mouthpiece says, believe the OPPOSITE… and you’ll be CORRECT 80% of the time, at minimum. (90%+ in the Obummer administration’s case…) 😉

    • Orlando May 4, 2015, 8:15 am

      Its hard to believe what any politician says these day, but I would like to think that Tejas and it’s leader has segregated itself from the union. I want to believe that he has Texas troops on the ground in any case that the union troops go beyond the perameters of this “excersise” . God be with Texas and her citizens.

    • badboy4unix May 4, 2015, 8:33 am

      “after the Jesuits had Lincoln whacked…”

      What complete madness is this statement? Oh yeah… more Catholic bashing….

      • D Hicks May 4, 2015, 9:41 am

        Jesuits did what ?

      • William Scott May 4, 2015, 12:54 pm

        The “Society of Jesus” is not what you think… and never was… Start with the “Jesuit General,” aka the “Black Pope.” (Descended originally from the Knight s Templar, then through the Order of Montessa, in Spain… of which King Juan Carlos, is currently the supreme leader. ) They are behind every major war, were thrown out of 83 countries and territories, and have been very instrumental in taking down the USA. Look it up…

      • William Scott May 4, 2015, 1:31 pm

        Mere “Catholic basing,’ eh? And what is a ‘mass murdering’ (in Argentina, in the ’70s/’80s) Jesuit doing sitting atop the throne, as ‘White Pope?’ (They also murdered at least two Popes, BTW…) Or the last Pope (Ben) doing in ‘Hitler youth,’ or does the RCC have to do with the ‘Vatican Ratlines,’ that helped an estimated 5,000 NAZIS escape to S. America… and around 10,000 to N. America, after their second ‘consolidation’ war? You think I’m making this stuff UP? The JESUITS are a MILITARY order. (Always were…) Check out what leading figures in modern history, had to say about them… and perhaps you’ll notice a distinct PATTERN??? See: https://www.scribd.com/doc/30408550/Quotes-About-the-Jesuit-Order-From-Famous-People WAKE THE HELL UP…

    • AK May 4, 2015, 1:24 pm

      Yessir, ’em Jezzuits did it. Saw ’em myself. Along with GW in ‘lectrishum’s coveralls on 10 September, plantin’ charges in the North Tower, I did.

      They’s all after us, they is.

      Now ‘scuse me, I got pintos soakin’ on the pellet stove in the basement o’th bunker.

      • William Scott May 4, 2015, 3:16 pm

        The Israelis planted the charges, and (military grade) super thermite (they arrested, then released them all) but apparently you knew 911 (i.e. all three buildings) was a ‘controlled demo?’ The Jesuits and Black Nobility both serve the ‘top bloodlines.’ Who did what to / for whom, is moot… as they ALL serve the ROYALS and the RCC three City State *** empire’s agenda. (Washington DC / Center of London / Vatican City = the new Roman / British Crown ‘laws of the land and sea’ based EMPIRE that controls the UN who already have THOUSANDS of troops now training, in N. America.) Look it up… This Jade Helm may go LIVE in September+ 2015? Or next year?? But they didn’t build 800+ FEMA camps for N. Americans, for NOTHING…

        • Ak May 4, 2015, 4:18 pm

          Pal, your insane rantings are designed to make the entire political gun-owning right look looney, and undermine our credibility. If anyone were to be an “Ilooominaty plant” it’s you.

          Back to your bunker where you belong and can’t hurt anyone but your sister wife and daughters. Out here.

          • William Scott May 4, 2015, 6:11 pm

            Who you ‘trolling for?’ Or perhaps you’re just to lazy to LOOK UP anything FACTUAL I mentioned? Later then… I suspect a few here are SMARTER than you… and Jade Helm, is simply a WARM UP…

          • Damon May 4, 2015, 8:45 pm

            “(military grade) super thermite” ???

            As a specialty welder who actually uses thermite (in extremely controlled conditions) I have to say that you, sir, are a credulous lunatic.

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