A series of routine military drills dubbed Jade Helm 15 slated to take place in several southern states between mid-June and mid-September is already giving some Texans WW2-themed nightmares.
On online forums, people are talking about concentration camps and a network of tunnels under Walmart stores that would eventually be used by the federal government to take over the state.
Additionally, some Texans purchased extra ammo and weapons in case of a invasion, while others reportedly buried their guns in case the Obama administration decides to mass confiscate them.
The idea Texans are most afraid of is President Obama declaring martial law amid an artificially created crisis which would lead to a takeover of the Lone Star State with thousands of civilians being moved to Auschwitz-like concentration camps dubbed FEMA camps.
Some conspirationists even claim that they had seen the camps on Google Maps, while others believe that “HELM” in “Jade Helm 15” stands for “Homeland Eradication of Local Militants.”
Jack Campbell, an ER doctor in San Angelo, Texas, said that the atmosphere in the city is somehow tense. He said that people are “vigilant” so they are not caught off guard by a military invasion.
Another Texan reported that somebody who he knew buried some of his firearms in the backyard, just in case. And to fuel even more the suspicion, Christoval Volunteer Fire Department requested from the Army to pay for any damage brought to the building after the military exercises are over.
“They’s worried […] about martial law, basically. I try not to listen to all these conspiracy-theory-type people. All they’re worried about is their beer and their guns,”
noted Sindy Miller, another San Angelo resident, who runs a hair saloon.
Jade Helm 15 debuted Wednesday in seven states: Utah, Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arizona, and Florida. According to official records, SEALs, Green Berets, and Special Operations would start drilling on both public and private lands mostly in rural areas and around small towns.
The Army said Monday that the operations would be run in remote rural areas so that the public doesn’t get too much of disruption. But metaphorically speaking, people are already “disrupted” by the drills, especially in Texas.
Recently, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to keep a close watch on Jade Helm 15 so that it doesn’t turn into a menace to national sovereignty. Additionally, Counter Jade Helm, a small group of residents concerned by the operations, said it would dispatch volunteers, too, to the drilling sites.
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