Just in case Obama is planning a military takeover of Texas, there are hundreds of citizens at the ready to stop him.
According to the Houston Chronicle, a civilian surveillance group called “Counter Jade Helm” is coordinating 20 volunteers throughout the state of Texas to monitor any incoming troops.
“If a team member sees two Humvees full of soldiers driving through town, they’re going to follow them,” Eric Johnston, 51, told the Chronicle. “And they’re going to radio back their ultimate location.”
You KNOW if Texas Governor Abbott is monitering #JadeHelm15, he KNOWS something is up. Serious stark reality.
— JeSuisUnCapitaliste (@Patriotic_Me) April 29, 2015
The operation dubbed “Jade Helm 15” is expected to take place across seven states from July 15 to September 15. Right wing conspiracy theorists latched onto a map from the U.S. Army labeling Texas as “hostile territory” for the purposes of the training exercise. “We’re going to be watching what they do in the public,” Counter Jade Helm organizer Pete Lanteri, 44, told the Chronicle. “Obviously on a military base they can do whatever they want. But if they’re going to train on public land we have a right as American citizens to watch what they’re doing.”
I think the Baltimore Riots are a government orchestrated outbreak to take our minds off a potential military invasion #jadehelm15
— Noble Dale Earnhardt (@doritobandito55) April 28, 2015
In spite of the conspiracy-laden atmosphere, Lanteri assured the Chronicle that no “nut-jobs will be put in the field.”
The U.S. Army is mostly ignoring the pitchforked citizenry, but they did release a statement assuring local residents that the exercise will have little to no impact on the communities nearby.
“This training exercise will go mostly unnoticed; not interfere with private citizens and not violate their privacy and rights,” the statement read. “It will not disrupt their economies or livelihoods. State and local officials will receive updates as the exercise progresses and they are equally committed to ensuring the training occurs smoothly.”
Featured image: Jay Janner/AP