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Jade Helm Exercise Kicks Off and the Military Is Banning Media From Covering It

Published: July 13, 2015
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It’s official: the much-scrutinized military exercise known as Jade Helm 15 is kicking off this week. While concerns about the training exercise were shrugged off as a “conspiracy theory,” the military and now mainstream media are openly acknowledging the drills. Most telling of all is that the military is barring media access and coverage of the controversial Special Operations exercise.

It is clear that many conspiracy theories about the training exercise were bizarre, to say the least. The United States government is not “taking over”, they already “took” over. There’s no need to “invade” Texas, the government already controls it.

But while there were plenty of rumors and conspiracy theories about Jade Helm these have apparently been generated in large part by the unusual secrecy surrounding the exercise.

A military spokesman even told the Washington Post that they will not be allowed to observe Jade Helm exercises, or report on them, in any way. Still, there are a plethora of social media users who see the words “Jade Helm” in the title of an article and then start talking about how any critical concerns about the exercises are tantamount to “tin foil hats”. But the Internet is replete with fallacious argumentation, and the government seems to count on the action-reaction of these types, interplaying and debating with those who jump to the most outrageous conclusions, to cooperatively create an informational smokescreen for whatever it is that the military is trying to hide.

The Washington Post reports that “Embedded reporters won’t be permitted at any point during the exercise, in which military officials say that secretive Special Operations troops will maneuver through private and publicly owned land in several southern states. Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a spokesman for Army Special Operations Command, said his organization is considering allowing a small number of journalists to view selected portions of the exercise later this summer, but nothing is finalized.”

In a statement to the media, Lastoria said Wednesday that “all requests from the media for interviews and coverage of U.S. Army Special Operations Command personnel, organizations and events are assessed for feasibility and granted when and where possible. We are dedicated to communicating with the public,” he added, “while balancing that against the application of operations security and other factors.

Jade Helm will be conducted in the U.S. Southwest from July 15 through September 15. It will see more than 1,200 troops flooding these areas for reasons we cannot verify at this time.

For some reason this does not concern a lot of people. But there are many reasons why it should that might have nothing at all to do with a “government take over.”

Such reasons could include but are not limited to concerns about invasions from the southern border. CNBC reported that Chechnya has threatened to arm Mexico against the US and that there has been international debate over the legal status of US “ownership” of states like California, New Mexico, Arixona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

It is interesting that this is the precise region that the military is being sent to for training.

One need not assume that the goal of such an endeavor is “martial law,” but that might not be mutually exclusive with concerns about the southern border.

Alternatively, we have a situation were thousands of Mexican undocumented families have been locked up in family detention centers in these same border regions. They have no pending court dates, they are just being kept there indefinitely. That includes children. Concerns about Jade Helm could include worries about what the government might plan in terms of action against undocumented Mexicans trying to cross the border, or who have already crossed. Again, these latter concerns need not be seen as mutually exclusive with the aforementioned ones about the recent claims from the Russian satellite arming Mexico against the US.

Whatever the true aims of Jade Helm are, they should be open to critical inquire and scrutiny, not ridicule. The fact that they are being shrugged off as a “conspiracy theory” when both the military and mainstream media acknowledge the bizarre nature of the months-long drills makes the exercise all the more suspicious to many investigators.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called for the Texas State Guard to monitor the exercise.

Concerns are not without cause. The military has previously granted access to Special Operations like this in the past. One journalist who observed the exercise Robin Sage in North Carolina, wrote about it for the magazine Our State. There was little fuss over granting this access to them or any other journalist.


The Washington Post reports that “The media also has been granted access to Special Operations forces overseas for occasional media reports and books, including the 2011 book ‘The Wrong War,’ by Bing West, and the 2013 work ‘One Hundred Victories,’ by Linda Robinson.”

So why note in the case of Jade Helm? If you don’t think that question deserves an answer, then you probably don’t ask too many critical questions in the first place.

(Article by M. David and Jackson Marciana)

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