Operation Jade Helm 15, Wal-Mart Closures Over ‘Plumbing Issues’ Spark Martial Law Conspiracy Theories

JohnThomas Didymus - Author

May 3 2017, Updated 5:54 a.m. ET

The right-leaning conspiracy theory blogosphere has come alive once again with conspiracy theory speculations linking recent reports that several Wal-Mart stores have closed across the U.S. with Jade Helm 15 military training exercises scheduled to begin in July in some selected states, including Texas, California, Utah and Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

According to ABC Action News, more than 2,000 Wal-Mart employees nationwide learned on Monday that they were being laid off because their stores were being closed for reasons that WFLA and KSN-TV, both mainstream news sources, admitted were “weird” plumbing issues.

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Right wing-leaning conspiracy theory websites, such as All News Pipeline, were quick to point out that the Wal-Mart closures were being implemented mostly in states — such as Florida, Texas, California and Oklahoma — “tied to the Jade Helm 15 martial law exercises.”

At least one of the states is a core conservative enclave ideologically opposed to “big government overreach.”

Rumors are spreading very fast in the ultra-conservative right wing blogosphere that the “mysterious” closures of Wal-Mart stores are part of events, in concert with the Jade Helm military training exercise, in preparation for declaration of martial law and rounding up of “citizens for processing.”


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