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.
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."
Some conspiracy theorists allege that the Wal-Mart stores are being closed to convert them into "food distribution centers" to "house the headquarters of invading troops from China, here to disarm Americans one by one as promised by Michelle Obama to the Chinese."
Rumors about an impending declaration of martial law followed recent announcement by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) that the military plans to hold military training exercised, Jade Helm 15, from July 15th to September 15th.
The exercises will involve 1,200 U.S forces, including SEALS, Green Berets and other special forces. The elite troops, carrying weapons loaded with blanks, will attempt to operate undetected among civilian populations during a series of night-time drills in designated towns of seven Southwest states, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Conspiracy theory websites, such as in Alex Jones' Info Wars, claim that the Jade Helm training exercises are a cover to allow the U.S. military to prepare for declaration of martial law.
The fringe conspiracy theory website, All News Pipeline, declares that "federal government is now actively seeking 'role players' for simulating the relocation of US citizens to detention camps in Phoenix, Arizona."
"They're having Delta Force, Navy SEALS with the Army trained to basically take over. Texas is listed as a hostile sector and of course, we are... We're here defending the republic," Info Wars writes.
All News Pipeline's April 15 article titled, "Wal-Mart Closings, Jade Helm And The China Connection," claims that the Wal-Mart centers are being closed to convert them into centers for processing Americans for detention in legendary FEMA concentration camps.
The blog writes that "'alarm bells' are ringing as [people feel] they are witnessing a series of events happening simultaneously within America that lead them to believe the US is preparing to declare martial law and start rounding up citizens for processing."
Susan Duclos, who writes for the blog, argues that the Wal-Mart stores that are being closed down "abruptly" for a period of six months are "supercenters" that are larger than the regular Wal-Marts. In the event of declaration of martial law, such stores can be converted into "detention centers, processing centers, centralized and controlled distribution centers" for essential commodities and supplies, such as food and medicine.
As incredible as it sounds, what Duclos is suggesting is the imminent transformation of the world's leading democracy overnight into something worse than a Nazi regime dictatorship by "King Barrack Obama" and his NWO/Illuminati backers.
As bizarre and paranoid as the speculations may sound to people outside right wing conspiracy theory circles, they have gained traction with the ultra-conservative audience of "alternative news" sources.
Defending speculations about motives underlying Jade Helm 15 and sudden closure of Wal-Mart centers, conspiracy theory blogs, including Natural News, point to mainstream news sources, such as WFLA, which have noted that despite the excuse that the stores are being closed and employees laid off due to plumbing issues, "none of the affected stores have sought any plumbing permits for future repairs."
A unnamed former military man told All News Pipeline that "the primary purpose for Walmart's, similar stores and malls will be for supply depots for military and initial staging area for local civilians to be processed (clothes ID's etc.), then moved to supercenter sanctuary's/FEMA camps after processing."
Alarming stories are currently being circulated about a clandestine "martial law round up drill... that took place in Florida" and which was captured on video. The alleged video showed "helicopters, vans and DoD personnel... rounding up citizens as part of a military exercise that was not revealed to Florida residents until after the exercise had already begun. April 12, 2015."
Fringe conspiracy theorists, such as Steven Quayle, speculate about a "China connection" to the alleged impending declaration of martial law. Rumors are being spread about undercover Chinese "controllers" who speak English with "heavy Mandarin accents," and have secretly taken over Wal-Mart to implement transformation from a "Made in China" agenda to a sinister "Owned and Controlled By China" agenda.
"I couldn't help but notice it appears Wal-Mart is now operated by Chinese management, possibly even military management that are still more out of site from the average American shopper.All News Pipeline raises questions about the link between the Jade Helm military training exercises and closure of Wal-Mart centers nationwide.
"The China connection could be very important if we look at the big picture… the amount of money we owe China, the amount of land China already owns in the US, the push to replace the Dollar with the RMB, their recent successes in getting many US allies to join their China-led investment bank, and the 2012 call by China to disarm Americans."
"Is the US government preparing for an all-out economic collapse with Jade Helm, on behalf of the Chinese? Are Wal-Marts in the poorer areas being closed down to 'control the food,'... set off food riots, which would give the government a reason to declare martial law?Reacting to the generous outpouring of paranoia over the planned exercises, the military authorities said that they have obtained the consent of local authorities to conduct the exercises, and denied the rumors being circulated ascribing sinister intentions.
"Are some Walmart Supercenters being retrofitted to prepare to turn them into some type of processing centers for Americans after they have rounded them up... Will they be used as China's C3 (Command, Control And Communication)?"
In a statement released on March 24, USASOC defended the choice of Texas for the exercise, saying that "Texans are historically supportive of efforts to prepare our soldiers."