US Military Launches Jade Helm Domestic Training
By Thomas Gaist
July 16, 2015 "Information
The US Defense Department (DOD)
officially began continental-scale drills across a broad swath of
the southern and western United States, including areas of
California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi,
New Mexico and Texas on Wednesday.
The drills mark a new and ominous stage in the
expansion of domestic military operations and planning.
The two-month long “super-drill,” code named Jade
Helm 15, involves Special Forces detachments from all four branches
of the military, including the US Army Special Forces Command (the
Green Berets), US Navy SEALs, US Air Force Special Operations
Command and the US Marine Corps Special Operations Command.
At least 1,200 elite US troops will participate in
the drills, referred to in the DoD slides as “Realistic Military
The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) commando
teams will be reinforced by conventional military units, including
US Marine Corps Expeditionary Units and troops from the Army’s 82nd
The JH15 war games will focus on “emerging
concepts in Special Operations warfare,” according to government
slides leaked by the Houston Chronicle. US commandos,
sometimes dressed in civilian clothing and riding in civilian
vehicles, will infiltrate targeted areas and practice a range of
unconventional warfare techniques, including “military extractions”
and nighttime assassination raids.
The bulk of JH15’s simulated missions are
scheduled to take place in the dead of night, with commandos flying
into targeted areas via helicopter, practicing various mission
scenarios, and then returning to base before dawn.
“We come in doing the hit, and extracting. Time on
the ground may be 15 to 20 minutes of exposure, then that’s it,” a
US military spokesman told concerned residents during a public
relations town hall meeting in Texas earlier this year.
JH15 participants will also seek to “blend in with
the local environment” and “set up cells of people and test how well
they’re able to move around without getting too noticed in the
community,” a local official with the Victoria County Sheriff told
Texas, Utah and portions of California are colored
red and listed as “hostile territory” and “insurgent strongholds” in
the leaked US Army slides.
The military will coordinate on a daily basis with
“interagency partners” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA) throughout the drills.
Training will be “coordinated in great detail with
both state and local officials in the various states that we’ll be
conducting it,” according to Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve
Though a full list of cities hosting JH15 is
unavailable, the Chronicle has confirmed that training
operations will involve some 17 towns and cities in Texas alone,
including Bastrop/Smithville, Big Spring, Caddo Lake, Caldwell,
Christoval, College Station, Dell City, Eldorado, Goliad, Junction,
Leakey, Menard, Mountain Home, San Angelo, San Antonio and Victoria.
In a last minute announcement last week, the
Pentagon declared that media will be completely banned from
observing the drills. The decision stands in glaring contrast to
policies that routinely allow media to “embed” with military units
engaged in actual combat operations overseas.
JH15 is part of broader preparations, developed by
the US ruling elite over decades, to effectively suspend the US
Constitution and rule the country through dictatorial methods.
During the 1980s, the Reagan administration and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) drew up plans,
codenamed Operation Rex 84, to transfer authority to a “parallel
government” run by military and intelligence personnel. Rex 84
included plans to round up hundreds of thousands of political
opponents and detain them in militarized prison camps.
These preparations have only intensified during
the intervening decades. Since 2001, the US government has developed
a global network of “black site” torture camps, erected illegal mass
surveillance programs targeting the entire world's population, and
established massive new agencies for domestic repression, including
the DHS and the Pentagon's Northern Command (NORCOM), the first DOD
sub-component dedicated to planning combat operations within the
During the past two years alone, multiple US
cities have been placed under partial police lockdown. This includes
Boston, Massachusetts following the 2013 Marathon bombing; and
Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland during protests against
In December 2014, thousands of US Marines deployed
throughout Los Angeles County as part of drills that saw teams of
heavily armed combat troops inserted from helicopters into the
middle of the downtown area. Last month, US Army personnel simulated
urban warfare in Flint, Michigan, staging mock gun battles and
setting off explosions at several locations around the city.
Similar drills have been conducted in other US
cities, often with little or no advance warning to local residents.
According to an April 2014 US Army document titled
“Civil Disturbances” leaked by Wikileaks earlier this year, the US
Army plans to manage domestic unrest with a “graduated response
matrix” that includes the use of sniper fire, high-caliber machine
guns and artillery and mortar fire against crowds of demonstrators.
The corporate media has mocked the concerns of
citizens over the drills in recent weeks and months. A systematic
media propaganda campaign is underway to slander critics of JH15 as
“conspiracy nuts” and de-legitimize opposition to domestic military
JH15 critics are “traversing the outer edges of
political paranoia,” the New York Times proclaimed in a May
6 article, “Conspiracy Theories Over Jade Helm Training Exercise Get
Some Traction in Texas.”
The Times accused “conservative bloggers
and Internet postings” of fueling unwarranted “paranoia” in its
latest report on JH15 Wednesday, even while acknowledging that “the
size and scope of Jade Helm make it unusual.”
Despite these efforts, JH15 has met growing
backlash from residents in targeted areas. Nearly 45 percent of
Texans think the drill is intended to impose martial law, a recent
Texas Tribune poll showed.