“It’s Just a Training Exercise”: Army Special Ops Shoot Down Jade Helm Conspiracy Theories

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The Special Operations Command for the U.S. Army may be preparing to blend in during its mock engagement of hostile populations in the U.S. Southwest this summer, but first it is going on the offense to counter the claims of “conspiracy theorists” about the true nature of the controversial Jade Helm 15 exercises.

The Army Times reported:

U.S. Army Special Operations Command says that, contrary to reports circulating on conspiracy websites, it has no plans to invade Texas.

Some fringe websites have paraded a PowerPoint presentation, reportedly from USASOC, as evidence of Jade Helm 15, a series of military exercises across California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Texas.They say it will train the U.S. military to suppress American citizens rebelling in a coming military coup or civil war.

“It’s a training exercise. Just a regular training exercise,” Lastoria said of Jade Helm, which USASOC documentation references as a training exercise in at least one previous year as well.


The article singled out reports from Infowars and All News PipeLine, among others stressing concern about the preparations for martial law:

Conspiracy websites painted language regarding civilian impact as revealing of the true nature of the mission: to prepare for abducting dissidents from their homes.

Many of the conspiracy sites have focused in on the selection of Texas as a “hostile” territory. To them, a high degree of libertarian support, pro-gun leanings and patriotism make Texas a target. The slides also mark Utah and a pocket in Southern California as “hostile,” while New Mexico is “uncertain (leaning hostile)” and Arizona is “uncertain (leaning friendly).”

The presentation slides say the area was chosen for its large undeveloped tracts of land and low population density. Texas in particular was chosen as the hub of the operation because it has been traditionally military-friendly, easing the impact or alarm the forces’ presence might impose on localities, according to the slides.

Though disputing any ill intent, the Army Times admits that the Jade Helm drill is real, and that soldiers have trained for the approach – “mastering the human domain” – before.

A “Civilian Research Project” paper from the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces states:

“the human domain is the totality of the physical, cultural and social environments that influence human behavior to the extent that success of any military operation or campaign depends on the application of unique capabilities that are designed to fight and win population-centric conflicts. It is a critical and complementary concept to the recognized domains of land, air, maritime, space and cyberspace.”

In an apparent predecessor to the drill, officers wrote on the need to project military operations and occupation efforts into the “human domain,” in order to engage the social, political and economic spheres seen as critical for mission success.

It is a technological continuation of the double-edged philosophy of the Pentagon and White House to “win over hearts and minds” over the course of the flawed Vietnam War, a term known in more technical terms as pacification of the population.

It’s focus on mapping the “Human Terrain” – using the expertise and techniques of anthropology – lends credence to the idea that the military are “rehearsing” scenarios concerning how to deal with independent-minded and anti-establishment people living inside Texas and Utah, the “hostile” states identified in the Jade Helm drill. On the human domain:

“What we know and project about the future operating environment tells us that the significance of the ‘human domain’ in future conflict is growing, not diminished,” the service leaders wrote.

One controversial tool to aid in the collection, processing and analysis of information in regards to the human domain has been the US Human Terrain System (HTS) in which social scientists, primarily anthropologists, have been utilised to conduct research and provide analysis to military commanders in support of the military’s operations […] At the height of the programme there were 30 HTS teams in Afghanistan and despite the challenges of the programme, it was widely viewed as providing value […] .

Currently tools such as PMESII (Political, Military, Economic, Societal, Infrastructure, Information)[xxxiv] through to the excel spreadsheet in the British issued human terrain packs can provide valuable tools to begin the collection and processing of human domain information

In short, it utilizes the psyop to persuade the population with co-opted leaders and copious amounts of propaganda and more subtle means of compliance and coercion.

While watchful Americans shudder at the possibilities suggested by these training exercises, those who have been involved in these ‘humanitarian’ occupation campaigns throughout the convoluted and dragged out Aghanistan war have pointed to its profound failures:

“The use of short-term aid and relief programmes as part of counter-insurgency has been ineffectual, and that, in places
such as Afghanistan, it may even have undermined the overall military goal of defeating insurgents.”

After all, the tactic – as its cries of peace play against a backdrop of a military invasion – are as chilling and empty as the words of a Martian visitor repeating “We come in peace” before attacking a stunned and off guard opponent.

What history does teach us it is good for, however, is dealing with dissidents and stifling opposition.

Many of the conspiracy theorists watching the events so closely have suggested that Jade Helm-type exercises are the perfect pretexts for “red list” operations.

Meanwhile, someone caught footage of a drill in Florida wherein military personnel roundup up citizen role-players and loaded them into vans for rendition:

Photos from an exercise in Connecticut suggest similar urban warfare training with specialized units going house-to-house.

What are they really training for?

Stay vigilant and stay vocal in calling out the unpatriotic use of forces for domestic control.

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  • Loisteehee

    Better to train at the white house, in the halls of congress, and in washington dc where all the terrorists live and work.

  • Mike

    fact about conspiracy theories, most eventually turn out to be TRUE.

    • Cracker122049

      This one will for sure,they are not training for kicks and giggles!

  • Bert

    “Right, nothin’ to see here, folks, move along. Don’t believe your own eyes, believe us, your Government, we would never lie to our slaves….er, subjects…er, People, yeah, that’s it, We’d never lie to our People”

    • Oracle Watchman

      Correct, and all you sheeple, remember, in order to please Allah and not be beheaded under American Sharia law… wipe only with your bare LEFT hand, NOT with your right hand, that one is reserved for saluting while you mindlessly Goose-Step by, chanting “Heil, mein Führer Obama”.

  • Mr Gadget

    They have no interest in using the military to protect the borders from a criminal & terrorist invasion, some estimates up to 6 crossing every minute of every hour of every day, they instead use the military to practice invading America to condition American citizens and the military for martial law.

    Maybe, since it is in the border area, they are going to surprise us with a secret mission to close the border and set up a permeant impenetrable border…LOL…if they did, it would probably be to keep us from escaping.

    • Cracker122049

      They do have every intent to use the military and the cops to suppress any ameriKan that dares to stand up to their tyranny though. It takes a special kind of traitor to be in law enforcement now.

      • Mr Gadget

        I wouldn’t classify law enforcement to be traitors, like the American sheeple, many are easily manipulated, but many understand what is going on and will not turn on citizens.

      • Oracle Watchman

        Your statement is too general. Not all police or military are traitors. I personally know men and women among both branches of service who are true Patriots and will defy any orders to fire on American citizens. They have not forgotten who they are. And they have not forgotten that their own families will need them at home when it all goes to hell.

  • 1PissedAmerican


    • Cracker122049

      I just puked!

      • 1PissedAmerican

        Go use your Obamacare

    • Jeremy

      Stand with 3RD PARTY CANDIDATES. I’m sorry to inform you (if you did not know) Rand has already been compromised and is NOT the answer to our vast array of problems. Real humans are the solution, real humans that are not lifetime politicians!

      Look at your local 3rd Party Candidates, these are the ones that will help create a stable platform to oust the dirtbags (left and right) who currently run the show.

      • Bert

        Where will you dig up a majority that will cast a ballot for a 3rd party candidate? Until that happens, any vote for a 3rd party is wasted (much like any vote for either of the 2 party’s candidates). Don’t get me wrong, I agree in theory, but in practice, it just won’t work until people are together on it. Until then, or until there’s some catastrophic downfall of society and/or government, it’s simply a matter of picking which flavor of evil you prefer. Sad, but true.

      • Steve Bergin

        What’s your take on Cruz or Ben Carson?

  • 1. The term Conspiracy Theory was weaponized in the 60s after the Warren Report came out and many did not believe it. The CIA determined they needed a term to discredit those who did not agree. This was released in a 70s FOI request.

    2. Conspiracy is a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. Happens EVERY DAY! A Theory is a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained. When there is one fact that proves something, then it is no longer a Theory.

    3. 80% of all Conspiracy Theories have ended up being true.

    4. The US Military only trains where they will be used. Other wise, the training is useless. No other country is laid out like ours is. No other country has a culture like we do. Blinding in here, would not be like blinding in else where. There is already several simulated US towns that could be used for this training on US posts.

    5. Posse Comitatus is no longer in effect as of 2006 when Bush signed the John Warner Defense AA. Mix that with the NDAA 2012 and the fact we have been in a state of emergency since 911 (extended 6 times under Obama alone); we are actually in stage one of Martial law. There fore, it is important for the Military to feel comfortable operating on US Soil.

    6. As everyone knows… If you are not a Liberal Democrat. a Muslim, or a blind sheeple, then you are on the Terror list.

    On and on… But these are probably the most important issues to understand.

    • Think about this… If you want to take over a nation and have them willingly (or most of them) go along with it, then you have to do it over a period of time. It needs to seem like it is the common sense thing to do or it is for your safety. Like taking baby steps…. When they get use to that new change, you add another one or focus on another area that may not seem related in the early steps, but later steps end up merging. The term ‘New World Order’ has been used by many nation leaders and the UN for decades. This is not something ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ are making up – research it. But most important – ask yourself WHY? Hint – follow the money…..

  • a high school sports team practices all week for an event on the weekend that’s exactly like their practice sessions BUT the special operations command holds trainings that are evidently completely unrelated to what they intend to do.
    Seems legit…

  • h5mind

    Completely ignored in the rebuttal is the military has no jurisdiction to be running around US towns playing “army” while violating whatever remains of Posse Comitatus. BTW, has anyone else noticed when you mentioned a potentially controversial subject such as Posse Comitatus, that Spell Check flags it as unknown? They prefer the public remain ignorant on everything except professional sports and the latest TV shows.

    • Bert

      Training exercises don’t violate Posse Comitatus, it just prevents the Army (and Air Force, since 1956, and the USN by it’s own regulations) from being used as a domestic law enforcement tool. Nor does it prevent the National Guard from acting under State authority in that respect, but can’t be used by Federal authority as a domestic law enforcement tool.

  • John Newager

    “Training exercise” or for real dissident roundup?
    Either way, its evil.
    Have your preps ready, and be ready to bug out.

  • frenchie mama

    perhaps they are “going” to the “no go zones”. I hope so.

  • Steve Bergin

    There is only one Presidential Candidate that would stop this nonsense and that is Senator Rand Paul, 2016! He already is stumping to stop NSA spying! We can count on him!

  • Reviver

    It’s Just a Training Exercise no it is not Remember back in 2011
    this video here

    what is going on in ca

    i talk to a friend of mine who lives in California was ask what is up with all the homeland security & Fema driving and flying around in ca i gave him 2 words jade helm its not 7 states are 9 starts it is happening in all 50 states