July 12, 2015
I live in Big Spring (West) Texas between Midland and Lubbock. Much to the shock of many in our small town, in April we found out Big Spring will be a 'Jade Helm 15' exercise location.
In early May military helicopters started flying over my house here and there for about a week. I speculated they were looking at the terrain for training spots. Although, I guess according to this article I'm supposed to be terrorized:
Jade Helm Personnel Are Terrorizing Small Texas Communities: "Residents of Big Spring, Texas are reporting the “scary” sight of helicopters and tanks arriving in advance of Jade Helm, a military exercise that has prompted concerns amongst some that U.S. troops are preparing for civil unrest in America."
I have not seen any tanks. Yet. Texans scared of a few helicopters flying over? It does happen every once in a while. About 90 miles south of here is San Angelo where Goodfellow AFB is located and 120 miles east of here is Abeline where Dyess AFB is located. We don't swoon over a few helicopters.
We were not told about this 'event' until it was a done deal. While I wouldn't say there was a revolt, some are upset and vocal about it; hard to guess how many. Our idiot mayor told the local rag newspaper military officials had negotiated contracts with local landowners to conduct Jade Helm 15 exercises. No landowners are being forced to have training on their property. Any training on public land was worked out with regional authorities. A couple of landowners were quoted in the newspaper saying they would refuse to allow any military exercises on their land - not even for money. Hard to say how many also took that position.
Many business owners here welcome Jade Helm as it's estimated to bring in roughly $150,000 in revenues for this small town. A couple of residents interviewed said while they support our military they don't want them here for training. The right answer.
The Internet has been raging like an inferno over this large special ops joint exercise to be held July 15 - September 15, 2015. I've read dozens and news items about Jade Helm. Web sites and radio hosts whipping people into a frenzy. On April 30, 2015, Dave Hodges, posted this: Closed Walmarts To Be Guerilla Warfare Staging Areas in Response to Invasion
"There can be no doubt that the internal events at Walmart holds the key to the end game of Jade Helm operations. Jade Helm and Walmart are inextricably linked and the existing evidence suggests one of two possible end game probabilities for Jade Helm.
"1. Converted Walmart stores will be processing centers for FEMA camp political prisoners.
"2. Some Walmarts will be used as supply and staging centers for an internal conflict within the United States
"In the past four weeks, I have watched over 100 videos on Jade Helm and Walmart. I have performed what researchers call a qualitative, or a descriptive analysis of the available facts. In performing this task, I have looked for patterns among the recent Walmart closings because it is clear that the closings coincide with Jade Helm. This constitutes Phase One of the analysis. In Phase Two, the findings from phase one are correlated to known or strongly suspected events connected to Jade Helm and/or other areas of concern related to national security. Subsequently, this kind of descriptive analysis can yield strong clues as to the true intent of where Jade Helm is headed and what the Walmart role consistes of in conjunction with Jade Helm."
It is exactly because of that type of scare mongering which prompted Texans to burn up the phone lines to Gov. Gregg Abbott who responded by ordering the State Guard to monitor Jade Helm activities here in Texas. Gov. Abbott released this statement:
“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.” One can at least say Abbott was responsive to his citizens.
There is a difference between hysteria and being concerned and wanting answers. This article is also typical of what's been swirling around the Internet:
"Since March 13, 2015 when All News PipeLine received and published the leaked Jade Helm 15 documents, a firestorm blew throughout the internet with Alternative Media exposing every possible connection, theory, danger and highlighting other disturbing military training exercises happening on US soil, many Americans have "woken up" to the very real possibility that the US government is actively preparing to lock down the country and declare martial law, whether it will happen during these planned exercises from July to September, or if these exercises are just one of the preparations for a later event.
"Below we will list the chronology of ANP coverage on Jade Helm by both Stefan Stanford, Susan Duclos and a reader submission, the strange announcement of multiple Walmart closings, some in Jade Helm states and the possible connection to Jade Helm, and the massive military movement being seen across America since Jade Helm was exposed to the public."
The link above has a whole list of stories about Jade Helm; no need to duplicate them here.
The link above has lots of photos of military equipment on railroad cars. Something we frequently see across this country because the military moves troops and equipment all the time. Sometimes they ship, just as you see in those pictures, equipment slated for overseas. Those go by rail to places like Oakland, California. The Army base there puts those vehicles on what are called 'row-row's which are huge ships. I know because I worked on that base and was their volunteeer 'roving reporter' who wrote articles for the base newspaper in addition to my job as a GS-11 Administrative Assistant; 1989. I had a great time roaming around the base and writing articles way back then. One of my articles was on the 'row-row's up close and boy did I learn a lot that day.
I would again encourage people to find out what martial law really is and isn't: A Primer on Martial Law. Dr. Edwin Vieira who wrote the Primer series also has a book out that should be read - especially by state legislators and governors: By Tyranny Out of Necessity - The "Bastardy" of Martial Law. Citizens and elected officials, including yours truly until I read A Primer on Martial Law, are woefully uneducated about what martial law is and isn't. I feel safe in saying so are the majority of sheriff's, mayors, state legislators, governors and the Outlaw Congress. I highly recommend you get a copy of Tyranny Out of Necessity and give it to your sheriff - as a group if possible. Numbers make an impression.
Let's look at the closing of a few China (Wal) Mart stores. Brandon, Florida; Livingston and Midland, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Los Angeles.
Back in April speculation was rampant the closings were in retaliation for workers lobbying for better wages and working conditions. At the stores that closed, employees were given two months paid leave for both full-time and part-time workers. They were also given the option of transferring to another store location until repairs were done.
Let me tell you what I know first hand. Here in Big Spring the China (Wal) Mart is a mile away as the crow flies from my house. I'm not a China (Wal) mart shopper per say. Oddly enough they have a better organic veggie section than the main grocery store here in town. Their deli is also the only one in town that carries a brand of roast beef that is all natural (free range) with no artificial hormones, preservatives or additives of any kind. I purchase it for my West Highland Terrier. Muffin takes several medications. She has big teeth. So, to make my life easier, I wrap her pills in a little bit of roast beef and down her throat it goes. My other two girls (you can see them all here) also get a little bite 'cause if one gets something, they all get it. Just like kids (no pun intended).
Anyway, back in mid-May I walked into the store and this horrible smell hit me; smelled like a sewer. I left. A few days later I went back because I ran out of doggie roast beef. The smell was still there but not so strong. I went to the back of the store to the Deli section; it was closed; the smell was stronger. A lady was washing down counters. I ask why was the deli department closed? She scrunched up her nose and said same old problem: plumbing. That is an old store that needs to be either upgraded or torn down and rebuilt because as I found out from asking around, its been plagued with plumbing problems for years.
One of the five stores closed is in Midland, Texas, 40 miles from my home. Because I live in a small town I have to go to Midland for PetsMart, Flat Belly Organics, the used book store and some others. After the deluge of articles about Jade Helm, I decided to check out the closed China (Wal) Mart in Midland. Actually, there are two. One of the claims is the five closed stores are strategic in location. Really? One China (Wal) Mart in Midland is right off Hwy 20; it is open. The closed one is off the 250 loop on the other side of town and is hardly 'strategic'.
I've been to that closed store four times now since May. At all different times. Noon, 1:30, 3:00, 3:35. Circled back around after running errands. The first time I was there four plumbing trucks from a well known local brand were out front along with one van from a tile company. I drove all the way around the store. No tanks, no military. Just a few cars and pick up trucks in the parking lot with regular looking guys bringing in lunch bags (McDonald's) who looked like they worked in construction. The second time only one plumbing truck was there and a few cars, trucks and a security guard who didn't need any more McDonald's. The third and fourth time I drove around the store no one was there; everything was locked down.
Would it be unusual to see a few military vehicles parked on their lot? No. Military convoys do pull off the road to get food and gas. Right next to the China (Wal) Mart I described above are three "fast food" joints making an easy walk to them. Not once in the four times I stopped by to check out that store did I see anything resembling military.
Official: Wal-Mart had more than 100 plumbing issues in two years - Midland, Texas - That building is 21 years old. Perhaps Dave Hodges and all his 'analysis' baloney should get off his chair and do some on-site investigating. Guerilla warfare staging area my foot.
Back in 1989, my husband was a Colonel in the U.S. Army; 27 years in service. At that time he was the DEH (Director of Engineering & Housing) at Ft. Carson - a huge military base located near Colorado Springs. 137,000 acres with a 'population' of about 14,000 at any given time. I worked in contracting at Peterson Air Force Base, Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs. Bush, Sr. was getting ready for the Kuwait rumble. Lots of equipment moving around all the time.
On Sunday, June 14, 2015, I was heading South on I-25 leaving the Denver, Colorado, area back to Texas. I got off the freeway to get gas; it was at the most southern entrance onto Ft. Carson. There were half a dozen sand color military trucks; smaller ones. One Humvee was getting gas in front of me; a young kid of maybe 20-ish at the pump. I ask if he was part of the Jade Helm exercises? He looked confused and said no, 'mam, just retuning to base, which I assumed was Ft. Carson. As they were coming south to north, I figured they were from the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) which is also huge in size: 235,896 acres located east of Trinidad, CO.
I got back on the freeway and for maybe a half hour or so there were several caravans (20 or so vehicles each) just like the ones in this short video moving through Corona, California. The only difference is they were all sand color. Yes, just like the soldiers in the video they were sitting on top looking bored as they trundled down the freeway.
A few days after I returned home to Big Spring I found this article dated June 14, 2015, Fort Carson unit works on new type of warfare at Piñon Canyon: PIÑON CANYON - "Sweeping movements spanned miles of territory across southeastern Colorado last week and involved hundreds of vehicles and thousands of Fort Carson soldiers from the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team." So, I was right about that one. I covered a story about the Pinon Canyon proposed land expansion by the government several years ago; that was an on-site investigation. I am very familiar with that area.
Joel Skousen has been in the trenches a long time and knows what he's talking about. He puts out the excellent World Affairs Brief daily. Let me quote from his May 8, 2015 newsletter:
Jade Helm: More Bogus Claims
"The Jade Helm 15 military exercise is real and it is practicing to capture and extract dissidents, but martial law is not imminent and the Wal-Mart closings are not involved. You can find an excellent review of the truth and hype by the New American. What is of particular interest is how the media is using conservative's belief in all the false hype to discredit what is true about conspiracy. I've always maintained that this is one of the main purposes of the government putting out false stories about DHS buying 2 billion rounds of ammo etc. Using NSA spying techniques they are tracking who believes it and who passes the rumor on.
"Here's another bad rumor that is put out by government disinformation experts—that hundreds of boxcars are being readied with shackles inside for prisoners. The false rumor even names the company in Portland, Oregon that makes them—Gunderson Steel.
"Recently, I knew someone who lived near where I live in Portland, Oregon. He worked at Gunderson Steel Fabrication, where they make railroad cars. Now, I knew this fellow for the better part of 30 years, and he was kind of a quiet type. He came in to see me one day excited, and he told me 'they're building prisoner cars.' He was nervous. Gunderson, he said, had a contract with the federal government to build 107,200 full length railroad cars, each with 143 pairs of shackles.
"Notice how they always provide details to bolster confidence in the supposed-leaker—he’s the “quiet type” or a “good Christian” (who wouldn't lie), etc.... Fortunately the rumor was debunked by a real employee:
"This article gave me a good laugh. But it is sad to see such balderdash on Portland indymedia. This nonsense appeared a while ago saying the same thing. I've worked at Gunderson Inc for many years, so let's get a few facts straight. One we haven't built boxcars for a few years now in Portland. They are made down in Mexico; we only build container cars these days. The 'shackles' are dimples which are with a small piece of metal going across which is used for tying goods down.
"Think about it, why would you bother putting prisoners in shackles anyway [good point]. The Nazis in Germany just herded people onto a box car at the point of a gun, and then shut the door. It's hard to cut through steel with your finger nails. And they could just use the containers if they wanted to transport prisoners, like they have used in Afghanistan and Iraq. And who the hell is Brent Gunderson? Gunderson has been owned by Greenbrier since around 1985. There is no 'Brent' or any other Gunderson on the board at Greenbrier."
What is my take on Jade Helm? Well, first of all, I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I've been in the trenches full time for 24 years. I'm not stupid and anyone who thinks I trust the U.S. government doesn't know me very well.
1,600 soldiers are participating in Jade Helm. Hardly enough to cover, even if it were possible, implementation of martial law.
The military conducts all kinds of exercises year 'round training troops for more worthless fighting over in the Middle East. They do it on military bases. Except, for the first time, the military will be going to several locations in seven states and doing their practicing on public and private lands with permission and monetary bribes.
Much has been said about the use of 'hostile, 'friendly' and 'neutral' in military documents. If you've ever been in the military or married to someone in service that lingo is very common. Texas was referred to as 'hostile' in one of the documents exposed on the Internet. Doesn't surprise me. Texas IS all about the Second Amendment and a whole lot of people in this state don't trust the U.S. government for valid reasons so it's no surprise to me some jerk in DoD decides to attach it to Texas. The mistake the brass made was not being more transparent about those exercises from the beginning, but then again, it was never their intention. We the people don't like surprises.
Do I think there are other reasons for suddenly using public and private land for military exercises? I do. Anyone who believes we have an economy in recovery is either in denial or has their head in rectal darkness. Things are very, very bad in this country. If it's not Muslim terrorists on U.S. soil, it's militant Mexicans with their 'reclaim the border states' sedition. Rioting by blacks deliberately stirred up by race baiting whores like Al Sharpton and Barry Soetoro aka Obama. A big, bad storm brewing.
We know it and the shadow government knows it because they're the ones orchestrating this nightmare we live in day to day. They also know there's more than 300,000,000 guns in the hands of the American people. While there's no doubt in my mind a percentage of gun owners would turn to jello if push comes to shove (which no sane person wants), do NOT under estimate the patriotic resolve of the American people when she is threatened - even if it is our own government. The Internet has made it possible for military, just like civilians, to get credible information about what's really going on, so don't write all of them off, either.
I believe using public and private land for military exercises is test run if you will. For one thing, our military is very popular these days compared to when John came home from Viet Nam. Condition the American people to seeing armed military in their towns and cities. They're the "good guys". I warned about this a long, long time ago and in columns throughout the years:
"Bill of Rights No Obstacle for the [Marine] Corps." That piece exposed the mindset way back then that at some point due to: "...the rising potential for civil disobedience within the inner cities it is 'inevitable' the U.S. military will be employed more often within American borders." Read on: "The next real war we fight is likely to be on U.S. soil." That huge essay goes on to talk about military operations against Americans right here at home.
There will be watchers: Texans organize 'Operation Counter Jade Helm' to keep an eye on the federal troops
"When the troops land in Texas for Operation Jade Helm next week, someone will be waiting for them. Hundreds of people have organized a "Counter Jade Helm" surveillance operation across the Southwestern states and in an effort to keep an eye on the contentious military drill that's sparked many suspicious of Uncle Sam's intentions. Eric Johnston, a 51-year-old retired firefighter and sheriff's deputy who lives in Kerrville, is a surveillance team leader in Texas. He'll coordinate three groups of volunteers, about 20 folks in total, who hope to monitor the SEALs, Green Berets and Air Force Special Ops in Bastrop, Big Spring and Junction when Jade Helm kicks off on July 15.
"With media prohibited at the drills, the volunteers could be a main source of information for the highly-anticipate seven-state exercise. But locations more precise than the towns around which troops will drill remain unknown. For the citizens' surveillance operation, therein lies the first challenge. "If a team member sees two Humvees full of soldiers driving through town, they're going to follow them," Johnston said. "And they're going to radio back their ultimate location. They aren't worried about martial law, he said, but feel like they can't trust the government, and want to make sure the Military isn't under orders to pull anything funny."
That's nice. It's too bad such enthusiasm hasn't been displayed towards getting our state legislature to reconstitute the constitutional militia. It is the ONLY thing our corrupt, puppet government fears. Certainly not a few hundred well-meaning, concerned people. If the true constitutional militia existed in the 50 states, or even say 30 states, millions and millions of Americans would have received a good education on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and what 'martial law' really means. Well organized and armed. Most unfortunate it hasn't happened.
In any event, I shall carry my camera around with me for the next two months and report back in a future column.
[Just a short note about 9/11. The cost of America's undeclared "war" (invasion) in Afghanistan has now reached $1 trillion borrowed dollars - massive debt heaped on us all based on what happened on 9/11. Regular readers of my column know I continue to press for the truth about the events of 9/11. Military grade nanothermite is not a conspiracy theory. It was found and tested from the rubble at the twin towers. A new, powerful film has been released: The Anatomy of a Great Deception. For full disclosure I receive no compensation, but I want you to get a copy (or a few) and share it with others or give a copy as a present. I've purchased half a dozen copies and given them to individuals I believe seek the truth. It's very powerful simply because it's one 'ordinary' man's story who ask a simple question that led him to a not so simple journey. There is factual information in this film that many have never heard about but everyone should. Just a suggestion, order more than one and give one to a friend.]
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