For weeks now, we have been reporting on Operation Jade Helm, a military training exercise that is set to take place in Texas this summer.
The training exercise will involve troops “wearing civilian clothes and driving civilian vehicles” to blend in with “civilian populations.” The operation lists Utah and Texas as “hostile territory,” likely because these are two of the most conservative states in the country.
This week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to these concerns by writing a letter to the Texas State Guard asking them to keep an eye on the operation. On Wednesday, the White House responded by poking fun at Abbott and other concerned Americans who have questioned Jade Helm.
“I have no idea what he’s thinking,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said of Abbott. “In no way will the constitutional rights or civil liberties of any American citizen be infringed upon while this exercise is being conducted.”
Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, where Jade Helm is also set to take place, also assured his citizens that the operation is perfectly normal. He did so after receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens.
Many, however, are not having any of these reassurances. This week, citizens of Balstrop County, Texas swarmed an information session being held there about Operation Jade Helm.
“Would the (county) court be offended if I told the (lieutenant) colonel that I didn’t believe a single word that he just said?” said one concerned citizen at the public meeting.
Obama can try to scoff at Americans all he wants, but it won’t stop us from questioning the sketchy moves that he makes. We will not sit still and let him enact martial law without a fight!