Texas Governor Worried About Military Takeover Of His State
Greg Abbott is worried that Operation Jade Helm means a military takeover of Texas.
Conservative furor over Operation Jade Helm 15 has convinced Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott to ask the State Guard to monitor the military training exercise in a letter he wrote on Tuesday.
The request arrives the day after more than 200 people attended at a meeting in rural Bastrop County. There, they grilled a U.S. Army commander about the nefarious gun-grabbing plans, or plans to impose martial law.
The County Judge, Paul Pape, said “conspiracy theorists” and “fear mongers” had been in a frenzy, and Pape thanked Abbott for the letter to the Texas State Guard, which he said emphasized the benefit of military training and did not supply more fuel to raging Inforwars inferno…
Conservative suspicions stem from a map that made its rounds on social media and websites. It labeled Texas, Utah, and parts of California as “hostile” for the purposes of the three-month training exercise that begins in July.
The only thing that makes Jade Helm unique among war simulations is the size and scope.
In his letter to the State Guard, Abbott wrote, “It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed. By monitoring the Operation on a continual basis, the State Guard will facilitate communications between my office and the commanders of the Operation to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect Texans.”
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria accused some people of having a “personal agenda” about the exercise, and spreading misinformation as a result. Lastoria told the crowd in Bastrop on Monday that the exercise will include 1,200 soldiers and all four branches of the military.
Lastoria spoke for two hours, but it didn’t convince everyone.