Operation Jade Helm 15: Are Texans Just Being Paranoid? Or...
Just a few weeks ago, I would have dismissed this news story as just more paranoid rantings from a bunch of Texas rednecks — that there Commie Muslim in the White House is fixin' to take over the gummint, etc.
But that was then. Jade Helm 15 is the name of a Special Ops exercise that will be conducted in Texas and several other southwestern states from July 15th through September 15th. About 1,200 personnel from four branches of the military will be moving covertly among the general public, among other exercises. I've also heard (I haven't verified it yet) that this operation will also include skydivers parachuting onto people's private property and conducting various drills, including shooting at each other using blanks. If this part of it is true, how will this jibe with the Stand Your Ground folks?
I'm personally not worried about these “government takeover!” conspiracy theories that a lot of Texans — as well as Alex Jones — are all riled up about. Texas Governor Greg Abbott feels their pain, and he issued the following statement:
“To address concerns of Texas citizens and ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15.”
Like I said, a few weeks ago I would have just rolled my eyes and clicked on the next headline. But these out-of-control military operations are happening all over the country. The people in charge don't give a flying fuck about civilians, the environment, the effects these ongoing operations are having on local economies and the public health — and they're not accountable to anyone.
There's a Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles from where I live. They're planning to vastly increase the number of low-flying jets which emit up to 150 decibels. They'll be conducting these deafening operations for up to 16 hours a day, 260 days a year. These jets will be flying to and from Olympic National Park and other adjacent wilderness areas — for the purpose of conducting electromagnetic warfare experiments in remote wilderness areas.
Needless to say, a lot of residents are up in arms over the blatant intrusiveness of this expanded Navy operation. The expansion hasn't happened yet; it's still in the planning stages. But it seems like an unstoppable unaccountable juggernaut. It's the elephant in the room that nobody will talk about.
In addition to the health hazards of electromagnetic radiation and the potential hearing loss caused by hundreds of low-flying jets — the local economy would be devastated. Over 3 million people visit Olympic National Park every year. Will they keep coming if their thoughts and lives are drowned out by 150 decibels of screaming jets? Will the electromagnetic radiation be one of the tourist attractions? If 3 million tourists/campers/hikers stop coming here, western Washington will be more depressed than the bleakest part of Appalachia.
Unlike Texas Governor Greg Abbott, no politician in this area has the balls to say anything about this, or even acknowledge it. Washington's governor and both senators are Democrats; same with the Congressional Representatives “representing” this area. None of them are touching this with a ten-foot pole.
So far, the local “Limited Government!” “Property Rights!” brigade hasn't said much about this. But when they do...It may be too early to contact Alex Jones; however...
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