Jade Helm 15—What if Martial Law Was a Reality?

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Camping & Survival

There is a saying here in my great state that I relate to, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could”… and one thing I quickly learned after getting here, was brisket is barbecue, Dublin Dr. Pepper does taste better and in particular, you don’t mess with a Texan and their Blue Bell ice cream. Before I convinced my parents to join me in the Lone Star state, my dad used to tease me about liking another brand better. I always responded, “You can’t be a true Texan if you don’t love Blue Bell!” He has since come to his senses and loves classic Homemade Vanilla just as much as I do and both him and I have carried on the tradition of having a scoop—or three—every night before bed. You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this… Don’t worry, I’m fixin’ to tell y’all…

This story is lighthearted and sweet until it becomes tragic.

On what now has become the darkest day of spring 2015, On April 20, Blue Bell ice cream announced an entire recall of all of its products and immediately pulled all its ice cream off the shelves. Due to findings of the listeria bacteria in the company’s “Scoops” ice cream, Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwiches, Great Divide Bars and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, dating back as far as 2010, it was advised to throw out any Blue Bell you had in the freezer, as well as the company voluntary recalled every. Ice cream. Product. Ever. As of this writing, Blue Bell is still off the shelves. (Testing of products in the Alabama factory began in July—meaning, the nightmare will soon be over!) I have jokingly deemed this sad state of affairs “The Summer Without Ice Cream.”

But when I found out that some were theorizing that the shutdown was related to the U.S. Military’s large training operation called Jade Helm 15, the joke wasn’t so funny anymore.

Mag of Jade Helm 15 military exercise depicting Texas as a "hostile" state

In the Jade Helm 15 military exercise, Texas is labeled as “hostile.” Does that sound like “routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces” to you?

Announced in late March 2015, Operation Jade Helm—which began earlier this week—is a large military training operation which will last about two months involving at least 1,200 troops spanning all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and at least seven states on private and public lands. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) claims they picked the seven states, including Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado because the terrain in those areas match the types of terrain special forces face in the battlefield, with an emphasis on “overseas” diverse terrain. Though the military issued a press release announcing Operation Jade Helm, the training exercises aren’t completely transparent. When some plans and maps of the operation were made public, many people got speculative of what the training was all about. Texas, Utah and a very small part of Southern California are labeled “hostile” in the map. After reviewing the maps and plans, it isn’t far-fetched to think the military is practicing for what essentially could be martial law or military take-over of our country after a government overthrow or coup or similar massive civil disturbance.

Things became even more suspicious when without warning, Wal-Mart closed five of its stores in Texas, California, Oklahoma and Florida—all states slated for Jade Helm 15 operations—for at least six months due to “plumbing problems,” despite the fact none of the closed stores have filed for permits for construction. Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, an Army Special Operation Command spokesperson who has fielded questions for months about Jade Helm now says that the Wal-Mart closings were due to labor and pay disputes. Spawned by rumors surrounding the quick closings and possibly from talk show host and Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, the citizens of Bastrop, Texas increasingly became concerned.

Is the military preparing to take over Texas?

Even Chuck Norris has something to say about it, “What’s under question are those who are pulling the strings at the top of Jade Helm 15 back in Washington. The U.S. government says, ‘It’s just a training exercise.’ But I’m not sure the term ‘just’ has any reference to reality when the government uses it.”

Operation Jade Helm 15 has become such a big deal that Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm operations. In a letter to Major General Gerald “Jake” Betty, Gov. Abbott wrote, “I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15. During the Operation’s eight-week training period from July 2015 to September 2015, I expect to receive regular updates on the progress and safety of the Operation. During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”

It has also inspired the founder of Defense Techniques Academy to start a group called Counter Jade Helm. The group, who reiterates their support for the United States Military, will be watching and reporting on everything members see in relation to Jade Helm. The Counter Jade Helm website says, “Counter Jade Helm, aka CJH, is a training exercise for the people. In response to the military’s multi-state training, called Jade Helm 2015, citizens will participate in an unofficial fashion to practice counter-insurgency, organizational and intelligence gathering and reporting skills…The objective is not to stop or countermand the military’s training, but to practice our own skills.”

In other words, if you want to practice, assess or improve your bug-out or survival skills, Operation Jade Helm 15 is the perfect opportunity.

Soldiers standing by white buses

Is the military preparing to take over Texas? (Photo taken in Ferguson, MO during riots.)

Martial Law

Is it crazy to think that the government is training for nationwide martial law? According to Stars and Stripes, Lt. Col, Lastoria says, “This exercise is routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.” It is safe to assume our country’s military does in fact have a plan if Congress or the President declared Martial Law. After all, it is the military’s responsibility to be in charge during Martial Law.

The legal dictionary defines Martial Law as “The exercise of government and control by military authorities over the civilian population of a designated territory.” During Martial Law, citizens can be stripped of their basic civil rights and civil liberties, including Habeas Corpus, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, as well as the freedom of movement. Only Congress, the President or a state Governor can declare Martial Law. In the history of the United States, it has only happened on a national level once during the Civil War. However, local authorities have declared Martial Law numerous times, including after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, during the 1914 Colorado Coalfield War, the entire state of Hawaii from 1941 to 1944, Alabama in 1961 and in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. During Martial Law, there is the possibility of mandatory rationing of food, gas and other essential supplies and services, confiscation of firearms, ammo and other weapons, and forced relocations, curfews or lock-ins.

I don’t see much hope in this frightening scenario. If you are forced to leave with only the clothes on your back—good luck. Or perhaps you are lucky enough to have an excluded and extremely secure location you can bug-out to in anticipation. If bugging-in is the only option, not only do you need to have plenty of long-term food, drinking water and survival supplies stored, but a high level of OpSpec skills.

Now is the time to ask yourself these questions:

  • How secure and fortified is your house?
  • Do you have a ham radio or other form of alternative communication plan to talk with other patriots?
  • Could you survive completely under the radar?
  • Are you too open about your preps?
  • Do you have a secured/hidden location for water, food and other supplies?
  • Do you pay for everything on credit card or cash?
  • How self-reliant can you be with your current preps?
  • Do you live in a state where your firearms must be registered? Remember that in many states it is legal to buy from an individual without filling out a Form 4473.
Hurricane Katrina survivors

Do your preps include a plan on what you and your family will do during Martial Law? (Photo taken during Hurricane Katrina)

Preparing for Martial Law is scary and difficult. Even the greatest survival experts don’t have much to offer except for elaborations on making sure you have all the above suggestions covered. I wish I could close this article out on a high note, but I can’t. I haven’t quite reached for my tin foil hat yet, but I’m definitely taking this time to monitor my surroundings, pay close attention, and take stock of all my survival inventory to see where I’m lacking and how I can improve.

What is your take on Jade Helm? Are you preparing for Martial Law? Share your theories, thoughts and suggestions in the comment section.

SLRule

Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (384)

  • Wzrd1

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    Oddly, no martial law has been declared, the forces weren’t even observed.
    But, hey, whatever floats your boat.

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  • Pro2Aguy

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    Honestly, I see a U.S.” Unconstitutional” Martial Law going down much like the War in Iraq…Specifically, U.S. Forces would quickly garner control of all major Cities an points of important infrastructure. However, when said forces subsequently disperse throughout the States into Rural America and or States not particularly “fond” of the Feds like, for example, Montana, Wyoming, Texas etc. they would quickly stall out and once again fall victim to a battle of attrition…The old expression about history repeating itself…I’ll close by saying this, I pray to God Above that such an “Hell of Earth” scenario ever takes place (not even in film or book fiction–it’s simply too ugly a thought to profit about).

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  • How to Prepare For an Asteroid Impact September 2015

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    […] us—posted a blog pointing to all the evidence that proves the recent military exercises called Jade Helm 15 are actually a maneuver so the U.S. military can respond to a “mass extinction event coming […]

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  • DaveW

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    The Vietnamese had generations of preparations, We would be where they started centuries before we arrived. And we relied on technology while they relied on determination and patriotism.

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  • Wzrd1

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    Yeah, Richard, it’s some space alien conspiracy, as every government on the planet lacks the money and corporations lack the money as well.
    After all, “they’re all on the take”, that takes pretty much all of the money in the world to buy off local through national governmental leaders.

    Rather than what it really is, a military exercise that has resulted in precisely zero roundups, zero gun grabs, zero civilian harassment.
    Never choose malice to that which could be more easily explained as innocuous actions.
    Especially considering how heavily armed the populace is. 300 million firearms in civilian hands, most civilians having only a few means a hundred million gun owners at a minimum.
    All of the armies in the world aren’t big enough to collect that much from that many.

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  • Brian

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    Honestly, 2 paragraphs about ice cream that in no way related to the article, little facts about jade helm, no information about the closed Walmarts, this was one of the worst articles I have ever read…

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    • Viet Vet

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      We had a 1/2 Million men in the little country Viet Nan and We still got our tails kicked. Does anyone really believe that Martial Law can really control a space as big as Texas at alone the whole U.S.??

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    • Richard

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      You are missing the point on Jade Helm. It is test case for future martial law plans. And by martial law I don’t consider it being anywhere close to Vietnam. Martial law as it will be used will control the banks, power grid, roadways, internet, satellite communications, and most ever service required for human existence. They won’t have to fight guerrilla warfare because the state or country would be crippled by the above mentioned controls. That is why Texas was their first choice, to show us rednecks what the government can do with unlimited authority. Our state and US congresses are all part of the scam, they let the government get away with all this BS because they all profit from it in some way or another. Until we gut congress and the state reps, this will not end with Obama etc. Each of those in the US congress, white house, judicial branch are on the take from some outside corp or government and will not change their minds until we send all of them to jail.

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    • Viet Vet

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      We vets learned a lot from the Yards. They hardly knew about money let alone banks or electronic comm. Real West Texas cowboys haven’t changed their basics survival instincts in many years.
      Large ranches can survive without all the goodies that the new generation would cry if they lost. Some people have become so used to having those goodies available to them, they break down it they were taken away.. If you were used to not having them as a kid, then no big deal if you don’t have them now.
      People should not be lazy. Cut the firewood,fill the oil lamps, and take the effort to saddle ole Betsy and leave that convenient gasoline sucking limo out in the pasture. Texas cowboys have been preppers and survivors for many ages. Spoiled brats should go cry on someone else’s shoulder.
      Some of us were smart enough to think about the current situation decades ago..

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    • Steven

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      The most important thing anyone should have taken with them (other than the crude hand crafted crossbow gifted to me from a grateful old “Yard”) is that they were perfectly happy before we got there and they were some very dangerous folks when their peace and quiet was trifled with, much like the mountain folks in Ky, the Virginias,Tn and others right here in the U.S. I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to work with them and really glad they were on our side The old crossbow is pretty much useless now, but some professional attention to maybe pressure treat it to limber it up and a restring might give it some bit of life at close range, but it looks cool just hanging on the wall in my man cave.

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    • DaveW

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      Be better to leave the relic on the wall as is and get a modern crossbow.

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    • Steven

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      That is pretty much my intent for the crossbow but the comment concerning the silly little statement was intended for Viet Vets 1/2 million men getting their butts kicked…

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    • DaveW

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      We were warned by France not to go in after they had been handed their hats. Then, once we were in, we were betrayed by our own leadership and the media. Not that we would really have won anyway, but….

      During Tet 1968, the north had an estimated 355,000 forces in the south, of which 55,000 were NVA regulars and the rest were VC. The NVA had a mission, but the VC had motivation lacked by approximately 400,000 US Forces.. We are faced with the same drive in the middle east today. People who have no problem dying for the “cause” in their own countries, compared to US Forces far from home and lacking long term motivation to fight.

      The Vietnam War might be compared to the Revolutionary War in that communist forces hid behind rocks and trees while US forces marched in a straight line, just as colonists hid behind fences and trees and the British marched in a straight line. In both cases, the ones who did not play by gentlemen’s rules, won.

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    • DaveW

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      Seems to me, as big as Texas is, the Soviet Union (remember the Berlin Wall?), North Korea, China, could all be examples of places where “martial law” has kept a population greater than the size of the force under pretty strict control for a very long time. German during WW2 would also fit.

      Were each of them 100% effective? Of course not. However, it was enough to prevent the people from rising up and over-throwing those governments. And, given enough time and control bolstered by heavy doses of propaganda and government speak and the people accept their lot in life. In North Korea, the people essentially prayed to their leader for the food they ate, and even when foreign doctors came and gave them back their eyesight.

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    • Steven

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      That silly little statement is so wrong on so many levels that I really don’t know how to respond first so how about, you have to live with that belief and several hundreds of thousands of fighting men (with their azzes perfectly intact and unkicked) would vigorously disagree with you.

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  • Marya

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    Texas Tea, don’t give up. There MUST be many bad people out there just waiting for dark.
    Don’t be embarrassed if nothing happens…you were ready…I’m not sure what for but as our forefathers fathers said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty”.And we all know that there’s another band of commies, Mexicans, whatever, really bad guys of some sort just waiting to get us,
    Keep your powder dry.

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    • DaveW

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      Considering the growth of gangs and organized criminals in this country, plus our own government gone off the reservation, Jade Helm might best be applied to cleaning up our cities.

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  • Texas Tea

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    As of today we’re fifteen days into JH-15. What are the reports from the field? Any problems popping up? Any violations of citizen rights? Any destruction of property? Any improper activity? Surely with the number of folks who are scared about what our government is doing, there should be some kind of intel going on. Surely we’re not all just waiting until a Humvee rolls up to our front door and demands our guns… are we? If you live in or near the communities where JH-15 is being conducted, tell us what you see. Let’s get informed with facts, not conjecture.

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  • Harold Newell

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    Like many others, I to ask the questions that so many of you are asking. Why should the military want to use public lands to train? First and foremost, government lands are better to train on because they can keep the types of training undisclosed to prying eyes. After serving over twenty years in the United States Marine Corps. I found out that the military land mass is more then I had ever dreamed. The difference between climates and terrain are those of just about any country in the world. They have the Mojave Desert, 29 Palms, and the complete White Sands to practice desert warfare. There is plenty of Base Housing at all of the military bases across the country to practice residential warfare. There is Mountain Home for high altitude and winter training. There is the swamps in Camp Lejeune N.C. and the hills of Camp Pendleton. So with all of that, why are they training on citizens and private property? It’s not like our government and this Administration has ever lied to the American people is it? Preppers be ready.

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