The Jade Helm military exercises are in full swing, and although federal troops haven’t declared martial law and herded citizens into concentration camps, the country may still never recover — from the conspiracy theorists that is.
The military exercises involving some 1,200 highly skilled Special Forces troops training in seven southwestern states brought out a wave of paranoia in Texans, and now citizens are shooting at American soldiers.
On Saturday, August 1, government agents arrested three North Carolina men who stockpiled a massive amount of weapons with the intention of ambushing American troops taking part in the Jade Helm exercises.
A raid by Federal agents uncovered Kevlar body armor, helmets, pipe bombs, grenades, and ammunition for a sniper rifle.
The men told federal agents they planned their ambush to resist the occupying American forces that intended to impose martial law.
Then on Tuesday, two white gunmen in a red pickup opened fire on American troops training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi as part of the Jade Helm exercises. Then Wednesday, they did it again.
No one was injured in either shooting.
The words “broken arrow” were seen on the truck’s windshield. The term refers to a U.S. military base that has been overrun by enemy troops.
All this because the South fears a takeover by American President Barack Obama and his federal government.
Conspiracy theories about the Jade Helm exercises began to take shape earlier this year when far right wing bloggers and radio personalities took to the airwaves and Internet to express their fear of a federal government takeover intended to disarm Texas citizens.
They pointed to the abrupt closure of several Wal-Mart’s for supposed “plumbing problems” as evidence Chinese troops would be stationed there to help support the federal government takeover.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot even authorized a call up of the state militia to monitor the federal troops in his state. No word on how much it’s costing Texas to monitor the friendly troops operating there.
That decision by the governor encouraged civilian groups to get into the act and several Counter Jade Helm groups materialized to help monitor the activities of American troops.
Now, several hundred civilians are keeping a lookout for U.S. troops driving in Humvees, and they stand ready to warn the nation that the Americans are coming.
Maybe somebody should tell them they’re already a part of the Union.
“There’s a lot of folks out there that are putting on their tinfoil hats and waiting for the end of the world to come.”