Texas has long been recognized as a state that holds the history of their independence in the highest of regards, and Governor Greg Abbott is now saying through his actions that the federal initiative “Jade Helm” will be no different, as he commands General Betty to keep Texans properly informed as the upcoming military exercise visits his state.
The U.S. Army is stating that the unprecedented military operation Jade Helm 15 has been specifically designed to train our special forces units such as the Army’s Green Berets, Air Force and Marine Special Operations Commands, Marine Expeditionary Units, and the 82nd Airborne Division in tactics for defending the infrastructure of our Nation.
Slated to take place in various locations across the state starting July 15th – Sept 15th of 2015, it is raising the concerns of many Texas citizens as to whether this exercise is really to protect US citizens, or ferret-out pockets of patriotic Americans who are willing to defend their country from all forms of tyranny, foreign or domestic.
In fact on Monday, command spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria attended a Bastrop County Commissioners meeting, set up so he could answer community questions and was met with hostile fire. Lastoria, in response to some of the questions, sought to dispel fears that foreign fighters from an Islamic State were being brought in or that Texans’ guns would be confiscated. According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, Lastoria was forced to refute that martial law was even a consideration and that many had a “personal agenda” to spread fear mongering misinformation.
“You may have issues with the administration. So be it. But this institution right here has been with you for over 200 years,” he was quoted saying. “I’ve worn this uniform across five different administrations for 27 years.
Lastoria’s pointed retorts as to “misinformation” may not have been intended to target Austin radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but for those that follow his show, know that he has been sending out warnings regarding the exercise for weeks, stating the U.S. military is aligning themselves to declare martial law and take control of the United States.
Governor Abbott is taking it upon himself to ensure that the citizens of the Great Republic of Texas can rest assured that he and his staff will be monitoring the events that transpire prior to, during and after this exercise, do not violate the constitutional rights of his citizens.
In a letter to the Commander of the Texas State Guard Major General Gerald “Jake” Betty, Abbott urges him to monitor all aspects of the operation in regards to the interests of Texas residents, ensuring that they stay well-informed. He wants to make certain that it is clear and precise that Texans know that their “safety, constitutional rights, private property and civil liberties will not be “infringed” in any way.
The State Guard will be responsible for monitoring the military operation throughout its entirety making all military personnel movements and training exercise schedules public knowledge.
Abbott ends his letter with; “The action I take today comes with the recognition of Texas’ long history of supporting our military forces and our proud tradition of training, deploying, and supporting our active-duty troops and returning veterans. As Governor, I have the utmost respect for the deep patriotism of the brave military men and women who put their lives on the line to fight and defend our freedom. I remain certain that our military members will keep America the freest and strongest nation the world has ever known.”