Jade Helm 15
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Jade Helm 15 is the codename of the United States military training exercise taking place across several southwestern states from July 15th to September 15th, 2015. Online, the announcement of a new, large-scale domestic special operations exercise quickly became a popular subject of conspiracy theories, especially in the right-wing, conservative blogosphere and social media.
On March 24th, 2015, the United States Army's Special Operations Command (USASOC) announced the upcoming launch of Jade Helm 15, a new, large-scale domestic military training exercise to be held between July 15th and September 15th in seven states (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, California and Nevada) in conjunction with other U.S Armed Forces. In the following months, other vague details of the operation emerged through the news media, including reports that at least 1,200 troops would be participating, including Army Green Berets, a small group of Navy SEALS and Air Force special operations troops, as well as conventional Army infantry units.
While multi-state military training exercises are not uncommon, the news of Jade Helm 15 was met with varying reactions in the social media, ranging from curiosity and concerns to outright opposition and paranoia, especially in Texas, following the viral circulation of a map released by the USASOC (shown below), classifying the region into four colors: two hostile states (Texas and Utah), three permissive states (California Colorado and Nevada) and two conflicted states (New Mexico and Arizona).
Throughout March, a wide range of speculations about the nature of the military exercise in Texas ran wild through Twitter, local blogs including Freedom Outpost and All News Pipeline (the latter of which center-aligns all of its articles), as well as the local conservative radio talk show circuit.
On March 31st, The Washington Post ran an article titled "Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet -- and why it shouldn’t be," detailing some examples of the misinformed fears, such as rumored imposition of martial laws in the participating states.
On April 8th, 2015, YouTuber ANONYMOUS 47258 uploaded a 13-minute video presentation of multiple conspiracy theories, edited in the style of an Anonymous video communique (shown below). Within three months, the video has garnered more than 528,000 views.
On May 17th, Hartford Courant published an article titled "Thank You Texas and Good Luck with the Invasion," highlighting some of the most far-fetched conspiracy theories and hoaxes surrounding the operation.
- A cover-up for a "psychological operation aimed at getting people used to seeing military forces on the streets" in preparing for an impending invasion on the homeland by Chinese military, due to jade being traditionally associated with China.
- A military plan to "round up political dissidents" and "remove key political figures" who may be against the imposition of martial law.
- A secret international operation devised to impose martial law, confiscate firearms and invade Texas; Alex Jones has said that "helm" in the operation codename is an is an acronym for "Homeland Eradication of Local Militants".
- An emergency preparation for an approaching impact event on Earth believed by some conspiracy theorists to occur sometime in September 2015; ending date of Jade Helm 15 is September 15th, 2015.
 U.S. Army Special Operations Command – PRESS RELEASE: Exercise readies SOF for threats abroad
 Twitter – Results for Jade Helm 15
 The Washington Post – Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet -- and why it shouldn’t be
 Wikipedia – Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories
 Statesman – Texas labeled as 'hostile' territory in Army’s Jade Helm training
 The Star – Texas invasion? U.S. army fights ‘Jade Helm’ conspiracy theories
 New York Times – Conspiracy Theories Over Jade Helm Training Exercise Get Some Traction in Texas
 Houston Chronicle – Covert warfare coming to Texas sparks some fears of federal takeover
 Hardford Courant – Thank You Texas and Good Luck with the Invasion#
 The New Yorker – Unclear Damages
 Stars and Stripes – Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise
 Army Times – Conspiracy groups question USASOC mission in Texas
 Snopes – Is Jade Helm Exercise a Rehearsal for FEMA Camp Incarcerations?
 Gawker – Jade Helm: The Pretend Invasion of Texas That's Driving the Web Crazy
 Talking Point Memo – The Real Story Behind The Military Exercise That Drove Texas Insane
 All News Pipeline – 'Jade Helm 2015' 8-Week Summer Special Ops Exercises Prep For End Game And 'Mastering The Human Domain'
 Freedom Outpost – JADE HELM 15 is REAL & Here's the Proof
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