Jade Helm: What’s In A Name?

jade_helmSpeculation about Jade Helm 15 has been mushrooming ever since Infowars broke the story back in March about the Army training exercise set for this summer.  1,200 Green Berets, Navy Seals and other special forces personnel will participate in the eight week drill, over a ten state area.  Most of the outrage has focused on a map of the Southwestern United States, included with the US Army Special Operations Command document on Jade Helm, identifying Utah and Texas as “hostile territory.”  This has lead to concerns the military training is targeting Americans in these traditionally conservative states.  The mainstream media immediately moved to discredit Alex Jones and Infowars by falsely claiming he said Jade Helm was a “martial law takeover.”  While Jones never made such a statement, he did say it appeared to be training designed to engage the American people, not unlike numerous other exercises which are steadily on the rise.

Perhaps in reaction to the unanticipated response from the American public, it seems the military has rolled out Jade Helm ahead of the official July 15th start date. Military exercises within Jade Helm states and elsewhere have already begun, most notably Operation Raider Focus out of Fort Carson in Colorado and urban warfare drills in Flint, Michigan.  Earlier this year, US Special Operations Forces along with Broward County police practiced detaining American citizens in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  These are just a few examples of the frightening increase of military activity on American soil- outside of military bases and in the “human domain.”

According to Army officials the training will require some participants to be in “civilian attire” and drive “civilian vehicles” and “some individuals may conduct suspicious activities designed to prepare them for complex environments overseas.”  The Army has repeatedly stated that the training is to help solders familiarize themselves with different terrain overseas.  But if the training is designed to prepare them for deployment overseas- say Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. then why train in American cities and towns?  Why attempt to blend in to the civilian population?  Why are farmers and ranchers being approached and offered money to utilize their land?  It’s clear the military is not being honest about what Jade Helm really represents, but I think we’re asking the wrong questions here.

While the debate over Jade Helm continues, Americans from all over the country are reporting a large-scale movement of military equipment, tanks, armored vehicles, humvees, cannons, razor wire, helicopters and more.  People have also observed an unusual amount of construction equipment being transported around the country, as well as FEMA buses, ambulances and mass-casualty units.  Countless pictures and videos have been taken by ordinary citizens in the last several weeks showing military convoys traveling US highways and military vehicles being transported by train, not to mention what appears to be an uptick in helicopter surveillance and aircraft flyovers.  Is this activity related to Jade Helm?  Is Jade Helm a cover for this unprecedented deployment of equipment?  Or are we dealing with something else?  Is Jade Helm just one component of a larger strategy of domination, that includes repositioning of military assets?

Surprisingly, not enough attention has been given to the name “Jade Helm” or its slogan, “Master The Human Domain.”  But herein lies the key to understanding what this training is all about.  While this has been pointed out before, it is worth noting that jade is a precious stone, valued by many ancient societies, but having a particular significance in Chinese dynastic culture where it was highly valued by emperors and believed to possess supernatural powers.  Helm is a naval term used to describe a navigation or control point; the captain’s wheel is the “helm” of the ship.  What are the implications of this?  Could we be saying that China is in control?  Is our government and military admitting that we are entering an era where America is no longer a global superpower?  Our $350 billion trade deficit with China is certainly one indicator of our diminished leverage.  With Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) moving to establish the New Development Bank to rival the Western dominated IMF and World Bank, and a shift away from the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency, the future of the US economy feels bleak.  Meanwhile, the Chinese have been busy buying up American infrastructure, businesses and housing.  If you recall back in 2012, on the heels of the Sandy Hook school shooting, China, through their state-run media, demanded that the American public be disarmed.  Why should China care unless they are anticipating some sort of future conflict with America?

By conducting urban military exercises on American soil, it appears obvious to me that the military is training for war here, but is it to defend against an invasion by the Chinese or Russians?  Doubtful.  More than likely our government is anticipating 1) An economic collapse, leading to rioting and civil unrest, and 2) A backlash against foreign control, globalism, UN peace keeping forces, gun confiscation, etc.  And who would be at the center of a resistance against a totalitarian federal government and foreign occupiers?  Patriots, Constitutionalists, veterans, Libertarians, etc.  In other words, people who believe in our sovereignty, liberty, self-determination and a free-market economy- you know, Americans- all the same groups the Pentagon has identified as the nation’s number one terrorist threat.  Assuming the economy does collapse and chaos ensues, inevitably the military will move in to restore law and order and the continuity of government.  They will attempt to coordinate their efforts with state and local law enforcement.  The UN may be called upon to assist in peace-keeping efforts, humanitarian aid, etc.  A civil war may erupt as martial law is imposed and the federal government tightens its grip on power.  So, in this scenario, its helpful to have all the equipment already in tactical position, as well as have your soldiers trained to comb the streets, going door-to-door, confiscating weapons and rounding up dissenters.  It seems suspect that as Jade Helm kicks off, another mass shooting, this time in Charleston, South Carolina, is being used to push the gun control agenda yet again.  Make no mistake about it, if they cannot succeed in passing gun control legislation through media manipulation and coercion, they will use an economic collapse, race riots, war or other calamities to do it by force.

Another scenario- World War III.  NATO and the US have been relentlessly pressuring Russia by building up forces along the Russian border, in the North Atlantic and the Black Sea.  Claiming “Russian aggression” in Crimea as justification, NATO and the US have been using increasingly provocative language in their condemnation of Vladimir Putin.  Nevermind the fact that the E.U. is responsible for removing the democratically elected government of Ukraine (which rejected E.U. membership) and replacing it with a Nazi dictatorship, who has furthered the persecution of ethnic Russians in Crimea.  If war breaks out, we would undoubtedly face more unrest and, in the case of a nuclear attack, a complete breakdown of our society.

When I did a simple search for “human domain” I found several documents and instances where this terminology has been used before.  This is old news to military insiders, but not most Americans.  In 2012, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, along with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations forces, authored a paper entitled, Strategic Landpower: Winning the Clash of Wills which highlights the importance of understanding the human domain as necessary for success in future conflicts.  It should be noted that the context of this paper was in relation to growing threats in the Pacific region, but in this paper, “human domain” is defined as the physical, cultural and social environments that exist within a conflict.  It also applies to how humans interact in cyberspace.

“Operations in the “human domain” provide a unique capability to preclude and deter conflict through shaping operations that leverage partners and populations to enhance local and regional stability. Moreover, effective engagement does not rest entirely on the forward stationing of large formations. Interdependent teams of conventional and special operations forces can build local forces capable of handling many situations that previously called for direct U.S. intervention, while maintaining a low-cost, small footprint presence almost indefinitely.”

– Strategic Landpower: Winning The Clash of Wills [pg.6]

What I understand from this is, “Mastering the Human Domain” means gathering information about people, predicting and anticipating responses, blending in and working with locals, establishing who’s friendly and who’s hostile, who’s mailable and who’s resistant.  In town hall meetings, such as the one that took place in Bastrop, Texas, the military has repeatedly tried to portray itself as innocuous.  They are selling the idea that their presence in the community will benefit local businesses.  For example, “Well if our boys stop in for a hamburger after the drill, I hope you’ll have a few tables for them [nervous laughter ensues].”  So, Jade Helm, in my estimation, is purely a psychological operation in advance of a full military roll out.  It is designed to descend on American towns and gauge the local response.  Are people uncomfortable with our presence?  Where is the resistance centered?  Who can we count on for information?  How many explosions in the middle of the night will people tolerate before they start to get cranky?  Notice, the Army is going town to town asking permission from city councils to conduct the training, complete with PowerPoint presentations explaining how wonderful and patriotic it is for their city to participate.

Personally, it makes me want to vomit that any American city would be ok with this obvious infiltration.  We should be praising the likes of Texas Governor Greg Abbot who ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm operations this summer. “During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed,” Abbott wrote.  Abbot was ridiculed in the media for acting responsibly, in my opinion.

It is important that Americans arm themselves with information and stand up to this incursion now.  The military, under the direction of the tyrannical federal government, is using this time period to evaluate how easily they can subdue a population in the aftermath of a crisis, whether it be food riots, an ISIS attack or any number of tragedies they’re peddling- take your pick.  Will they subdue you?  Will you allow them to commandeer your warehouse for clandestine meetings, where, by cover of night, they plan to strike “enemies” in a Third Avenue apartment building?  Will they have your assurances- your cooperation?  More Americans need to be storming the doors of city hall, demanding that their cities decline participation this “training exercise.”  Some cities, to their credit, have said no to Jade Helm, but acquiescence seems to be the norm.

The military claims to not understand the debate over Jade Helm.  In Bastrop, Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria said to a crowd of concerned citizens, “You may have issues with the administration. So be it. But this institution right here has been with you for over 200 years.  I’ve worn this uniform across five different administrations for 27 years.”  In other words, it’s fine to distrust the government, but you don’t question the Army.  Perhaps the Army needs to examine the simple fact that the armed forces are under the direct command of the President of the United States, an office that has become more dictatorial than ever before.  Surely the government, through their NSA spy programs, have taken notice of the pictures and videos people have posted to Facebook of military convoys and massive amounts of weaponry and equipment moving around the country.  If they wanted to quell fears, they could hold a press conference announcing that the transports are simply military equipment returning from scaled-back operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Maybe we’d even believe that.  But the fact that they’re silent on the issue is chilling.

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

– George Washington

I’m not a military expert.  I’m not even a veteran.  I admit that I haven’t done months of intense research on this issue, like others have.  I’m sure one can repel much further down this particular rabbit hole.  I’m just One American- of many.  My point is, the Army’s explanations regarding Jade Helm don’t match up with simple common sense or even a cursory understanding of history.  They think you’re stupid.  And in many cases, we are… ignorant.  Turn off CNN and FOX and educate yourself.  Observe.  And then, like in Bastrop, send them packing.

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