Jade Helm 15 The Empire’s New Clothes 3

Jade Helm 15 The Empire’s New Clothes 3

                                                                          Twisted Facts

Arman Matthews

The apologists for the Department of Defense claim that Jade Helm 15 is an extension of what the military has been doing for a long time.  This is, for the most part, true.  However, it differs in that it covers close to 20% of the country and lasts two months, and it focuses on mostly rural and small town populations.  We established, in Part 1, that the army’s explanations regarding what Jade Helm is all about are lies, and from this we inferred that the true nature of the operation must be a secret. This has now been reinforced by the news, from the Washington Post, that “Embedded reporters won’t be permitted at any point during the exercise.”  This is very peculiar since the same reporters have accompanied Special Forces in overseas operations.  So the question arises, if this is a routine exercise, why is its nature of the operation secret?

One could argue that prepping for Net centric warfare in the United States is reason enough to keep the actual operation secret.  If Net centric warfare conducted by special forces is being practiced and programmed into an artificial intelligence driven by quantum computers, we can conclude that this would only be done because the military sees a real possibility for social unrest and even rebellion on the horizon.  Since, standard practice for a military invasion is to first scope out the terrain and for JADE to be at the helm, it must be able to project that battle space, a major part of this exercise would be to upload enormous amounts of data into JADE”S memory.  This type of operation would certainly be kept a secret.  While this could be glossed over as speclation, there’s another detail missing from the military’s narrative that is not speculation.

spokes man miltIn an effort to quell the uproar caused by the Army’s blundering  JADE Helm public relations fiasco,  the Military has published a JADE Helm “Fact Sheet”.  Anyone who’s done a modicum of research on the matter would be apt to rename  this “Fact Sheet” the “Twisted Fact Sheet.”  While we’ve already exposed many of these “twisted facts” in our previous two articles, there’s one twisted fact that needs to be addressed.  The Military even thought it was such an important point that they mentioned it twice in their list of twelve facts:  “We must remember that our military has conducted unconventional warfare exercises like JADE HELM for over 40 years.”  The reference to “ over 40 years”, however, reveals more unmentioned information buried within this otherwise innocuous claim that JADE HELM is just the same old same old.

The unmentioned information regarding the 40 years of exercises like Jade Helm is that they were all based on a master plan devloped between 1968 and 1972. It is called the Department of Defense Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2. It’s code-name is “Operation Garden Plot”.   1974 was exactly 40 years ago and “over 40 years” takes us to the early ’70s.  As a reaction to the anti-establishment urban rebellions of the ‘60s and ‘70s, regarding civil rights and the Viet Nam war, the Pentagon ordered a directorate of military planers to draw up a series of blueprints addressing instances of civil disturbance that the military might have to put down. The United States Air Force then drew up an implementation plan for Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2.  It goes into detail over every aspect of military “suppression” of “rebellion against the authority of the United States”, including who pays, who bills and how to secure “loans” to cover the costs “attributable to GARDEN PLOT.”  Ominously, under “Resources Employed Without Presidential Directive”, the document states that when the “immediate employment of military resources is required in cases of sudden and unexpected civil disturbances or other emergencies endangering life or federal property, or disrupting the normal processes of Government, expenses incurred will be financed as a mission responsibility of the DOD component employing the military resources.”  In other words, in certain situations the military can take actionwithout a Presidential directive.

According to the plan, the military will attempt “to suppress rebellion whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, makes it impractical to enforce the laws of the United States in any state or territory by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings.”  A caveat is thrown in here to justify military intervention. In such a case, the military would be intervening to protect the constitutional guarantees of the people.  Thus, by a linguistic slight of hand, a military intervention in a civilian rebellion regarding the abrogation of their Constitutional rights, is justified because it’s being done to protect their constitutional rights!

The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), “provides training programs and doctrine for civil disturbance operations to military services.”  The US Army Force Command (FORSCOM), “organizes, trains, and maintains in readiness Army forces for civil disturbance operations”, while the Director of Military Support (DOMS), “conducts, on a no-notice basis, exercises which direct headquarters of uniformed services, appropriate CONUS command, and other DOD components, having GARDEN PLOT responsibilities to assume a simulated increased preparedness for specified forces.” In addition, the DOMS, “maintains an around-the-clock civil disturbance command center to monitor incipient and on-going disturbances.”

This “operational plan” has grown over the years, as the interests of corporate sponsored social control have broadened. The U.S. military now trains police as well as troops to suppress the right of free people to democratic opposition. Garden Plot has been updated three times. Its last up-date was in 1991. The plan was activated during the Los Angeles “riots” of 1992, and because of the obvious convergence of the military and the police, it was probably activated during the “Battle for Seattle” and the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.

Training, under [U.S. Army Field Manual] FM 19-15/Garden Plot, must be “continuous” and “must develop personnel who are able to perform distasteful and dangerous duties with discipline and objectivity.”  Some of the simulation exercises participants are trained to preform with “discipline and objectivity” are the suspension of civil liberties, the rounding up of dissidents and their incarceration in detention camps for the duration of an (unspecified) “crisis.”  Under the heading “civil disturbance planning”,  soldiers and police are trained to perform these unpleasant and dangerous duties, as well as how to use weaponry and tactics that could be dangerous to the local citizenry.: “…every member of the control force must be trained to use his weapon and special equipment (including) riot batons, riot control agent dispersers and CS grenades, grenade launchers, shotguns, sniper rifles, cameras, portable videotape recorders, portable public address systems, night illumination devices, fire fighting apparatus, grappling hooks, ladders, ropes, bulldozers, Army aircraft, armored personnel carriers, and roadblock and barricade materials.” [1] These exercises have been continuous for over 40 years and have incorporated local police in their training.   This aspect of the Jade Helm15 operation, as well as previous similar operations, usually preformed under the guise of “urban warfare training”, and is now part of their hidden operation package not mentioned in the JADE HELM Fact Sheet.  It further explains why reporters already embedded with Special Ops troops are not allowed to witness these “exercises.”

Of course, there’s a psy-ops angle to this as well.  If each time these exercises are preformed and claims resonate across the Internet and news media that this is a precursor to Martial Law, and then nothing happens, the public is expected to become numbed into believing that what’s going on is no more than what the Military tells them is going on.  Further more, all the while the public is becomming accustomed to soldiers and military equipment in their communities. This is the boiling frog syndrome.  In another light, watching these exercises over time is like playing the old shell game. The eye tires of watching the switching movements of the shells back and forth, back and forth until finally when the movement stops, one is forced to guess which shell holds the “prize.”.

Like a virus, “Garden Plot” Duplicated, divided and mutated over the years.  In fact, its become a metaphor for the anti-democratic, mean-spirited authoritarianism that characterizes the Department of Defense.  Under the rubric of “Internal Security” its Directives, Doctrines and training manuals harbor one common goal and that is to silence and suppress the rights of a free people. And when those people see a need to refresh the operating system under which they live, because it’s no longer working for them, the military will be their to combat the will of the people.  Is Jade Helm a precursor to Martial Law? Yes, the problem is when will it happen?  The time, however, seems to be drawing near and any of a number of things could trigger a need in this country to reset and download an improved operating system.

Garden Plot reveals, to all who care to care, the true disposition of the military mind and those officers who assume the responsiblity for molding the attitudes of the young men and women who enlisted believing they had done something good for their country.   Soon they’ll be trained to embrace the idea that within the civilian body politic, from which they sprung, lurks an enemy, an enemy that they may one day be ordered to fight in the name of obedience to authority.  These new recruits  son must learn to live with the knowledge that the people, of their nation, who paid billions of dollars in protection money to the institution which they have sworn loyalty, may someday be attacked by their protectors in the service of a cabal of corporate suits united only by their common unfettered greed and gluttony.

In Part 4, we’ll see how Garden Plot evolved in the Administration of the Federal Government and the institutions that determine public policy.



To Be Continued

[1] .” (Frank Morales, “U.S. Military Civil Disturbance Planning: The War at Home,” in Police State America, ed. Tom Burghardt, ATS/Solidarity, Toronto, Montreal, 2002, p. 73)




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