Recent military training drills made antigovernment-conspirationists become even more alert. Some of them believe that the military drills are aimed at building a network of tunnels under the states’ chain of Walmart stores, which would be later used by the military to assault civilians in the context of marital law triggered by an artificial financial crisis.
These training drills were performed in various locations across the West and Southwest in recent months, so some people became highly suspicious. But in the Lone Star State such anti-government views have run deep for years.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15” is scheduled to perform planned training drills from July 15 to mid-September. The first drill will debut in Bastrop, which is 30 miles away from the state’s capital city Austin.
In April, Bastrop officials questioned a military spokesperson about the future operations in the area. Some of them were even curious to learn whether the US army had plans to detain or round up American civilians.
Texas governor also received letters from worried residents expressing their concerns over military operations in the area. Rosalie Howerton, 74, wrote the Governor that she no longer trusted the federal government or the President, whom she suspects may proclaim himself king for life to obstruct the next presidential election.
Another anti-government conspirationist said in an online statement that Jade Helm is not unique in the country. He mentioned that the U.S. military already has in place FEMA camps which were built after the concentration camps the Nazis used in Europe during the WW2.
On the other hand, these suspicions were also fueled by an Army map that described Texas as a “hostile” territory. Louie Gohmert, a GOP congressman from Texas, noted that the labeling backs people’s suspicions that the federal government may suspect some states may want to wedge another civil war or surrender to radical Islamists in case of crisis.
However, the Republican Party expressed some concerns over government overreach for years. Texas GOP even suggested the U.S. should exit the U.N. and shut down the Federal Reserve.
Moreover, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the Alamo a World Heritage Site on July 5, the move was met with protests. More than 100 people expressed their concerns that that may be the beginning of an U.N. takeover of the iconic site.
Although the U.S. military said that the drills were only for training purposes and Walmart denied that there was a labyrinth of tunnels under its stores, Governor Greg Abbott said that public feedback forced him to dispatch the Texas State Guard at the drilling site and keep an eye on the military operations.
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