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BREAKING: VIDEO of “Jade Helm 15” Style Military Ops on I-95 in South Carolina

Video of a military convoy in South Carolina was taken today which caused concern for residents driving on interstate I-95. The mainstream media has focused on smearing Infowars.com for covering a leaked military document that describes states like Texas as a “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory.

As previously reported by Truth In Media, Sen. Ted Cruz, T.X. Governor Greg Abbot, and former T.X. Congressman Ron Paul have expressed concern over these operations and the increase of military presence on American streets.

“…I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying,” Cruz said.

The increase of military presence and fears of a military take over is effecting the psyche of many in the U.S.

Last year, Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook submitted a FOIA request to find out more information on why U.S. Army special forces were training with local police in a secretive joint exercise, but the FOIA request denied because it was “classified.”

The motorist who captured the video, Jesse Graston, described his experience:

“They looked like they were driving into battle with helmets dressed for war,” Graston said. “It’s an American war zone! What’s going on here?”

“It’s like we are being invaded,” said Graston. “Are we in Iraq or America?”

Could this be a military exercise to invade S.C.?

Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs from Infowars.com told Joshua Cook that this is probably a communications exercise. Biggs stated that the convoy of armored vehicles were not tanks but armoured personnel carriers, Stryer ICVs.

But Graston believes that these exercises may be all about conditioning Americans to accept “military in U.S. streets as a cool thing,” blurring the lines between the local police force and a federal soldier.

With the unwarranted NSA surveillance, the passage of NDAA, stop and frisk programs, the rise of warrior cops, and now an increased military presence on American streets, it’s no wonder why so many Americans are concerned.

 

Cruz Demands Answers on Jade Helm 15

Texas Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is demanding answers from the federal government about a controversial domestic military training exercise, Jade Helm 15.

According to Bloomberg News, Cruz, appearing at the South Carolina Republican convention, said, “My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise. We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked the Texas state guard to monitor the exercise.

“It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed,” Abbott said.

Cruz said that he has faith in Abbott. “I have a great deal of faith and confidence in Governor Abbott. He is a long-time friend and mentor of mine. You know, I understand a lot of the concerns raised by a lot of citizens about Jade Helm. It’s a question I’m getting a lot. And I think part of the reason is we have seen, for six years, a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens. That produces fear, when you see a government that is attacking our free speech rights, or Second Amendment rights, or religious liberty rights. That produces distrust.”

According to the Gawker, Sen Rand Paul was asked the same question about Jade Helm military exercises.

Paul said he would look into it.

Are you concerned about Jade Helm 15? Please comment below. 

 

Texas Governor to Send Troops to Monitor ‘Jade Helm’ Military Exercise

In response to online conspiracy theories and outrage over a planned military exercise known as “Operation Jade Helm 15”, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has stated that members of the Texas State Guard will monitor federal troops in Texas.

In late March Barry Donegan reported on the exercise for BenSwann.com:

“Throughout July and September of this year, the US Army’s Special Operations Command will conduct Operation Jade Helm, a covert warfare training exercise set to take place on civilian territory amid 17 Texas cities. The Houston Chronicle notes that Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Air Force and Marines special operators will be taking part in the program and will attempt to blend in with civilians to test their covert warfare capabilities.

Newsmax pointed out the fact that Texas’ own Alex Jones published a US map purported to be part of Operation Jade Helm’s documentation, which lists Texas and Utah as hostile territory, along with a part of Southern California which appears to be listed as an “insurgent pocket.” Jones characterized the effort as an invasion of Texas and claimed that the program is an attempt to prepare for the implementation of martial law in places like Texas and Utah where large numbers of citizens associate with right-leaning groups like the Tea Party. Operation Jade Helm’s documents also refer to coordination between the military and law enforcement, raising concerns that some elements of the training exercise might run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act, which bans the military from participating in law enforcement activities on US soil.”

Abbot sent a letter to Major General Gerald Betty of the Texas State Guard, ordering the Texas military to monitor the federal troops throughout the two month exercise.

“During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property right and civil liberties will not be infringed. I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15.” – Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Martial Law Map

The Houston Chronicle reports that two Texas counties, Victoria and Goliad, have already had their portions of the exercise cancelled without explanation.

Army Special Operations Spokesman Mark Lastoria said troops would practice “emerging concepts in special operations warfare.” The soldiers efforts to blend in among civilian populations has stoked fears of a hidden take over of the state.

Whether or not Operation Jade Helm ends up being a hostile takeover or simply overblown fears, there does exist a precedent for the U.S. government targeting its own citizens. Documents like the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report and other documents from the Department of Homeland Security have many Americans asking why everyday, constitutionally protected behavior and thought is becoming criminalized. Many 2nd Amendment supporters and libertarian activists see the federal government as a grave danger to personal liberties. 

What are your thoughts? Is Jade Helm a concern or just another conspiracy theory lacking evidence?