By Arman Matthews
What’s “Jade Helm 15” all about? The official explanation is:
Jade Helm 15 will be carried out in 7 states and will run from July 15 to September 15, 2015. Personnel participating in Jade Helm or units participating in Jade Helm will come from U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg. They’ll be on the ground for about eight weeks, and we’ll have some Navy SEALs participating for about two weeks. United States Air Force Special Operations Command will take part in it at varying points in time throughout the eight weeks. And there will be a small amount of U.S. Marine Force Special Operations Command participating for about two weeks. And then for about five days, 82nd Airborne Division will have a battalion participating with about 600 soldiers, 600 paratroopers.”
Some people claim its a surprise Martial Law or an Obama invasion of Texas, others don’t understand what the brouhaha is all about and shine it on with “That’s Texas for you.” Meanwhile, the Department of Defense calls anyone skeptical of their intentions “Alarmists!” The Army Special Operations Command released an article in Stars and Stripes with the by line: “Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise.” Apparently, not there are not only “conspiracy theorists” running amuck, but “alarmist” as well.” I suppose, according to the current spin, an “alarmist” is a “conspiracy theorist” who’s irresponsibly predicting the future. We can’t have that! However, “preemptive strikes” seem to be exempt from such accusations. They must not be basing their ill advised invasions on “conspiracy theories.” Perhaps the Pentagon employs fortune-tellers. Meanwhile, the corporate media has done their part to deflect the whole issue. Poor John Steward had to laugh it off over the air as just another case of crazy Texas right-winger paranoia, They think they’re being invaded, he said, but they forget “they’re already part of the United States.” All the while, the man on the street is deciding, “It’s much ado about nothing”, and turns to the sports page.
Mark Lastoria, Army Special Operation Command spokesman, told the Houston Chronicle, soldiers would practice “emerging concepts in special operations warfare” in Texas…. Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat,” he said….There’s good reason to be skeptical regarding Lastoria’s candor. He didn’t mention what those “emerging concepts” or what an “ever changing foreign threat” means.
The Special Ops are “special” because they’re the guys that do the dirty tricks. In the glossary for Special Forces Operations 2015 is listed “clandestine operation”. “An operation sponsored or conducted by governmental departments or agencies in such a way as to assure secrecy or concealment. A clandestine operation differs from a covert operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of the operation rather than on concealment of the identity of the source of the operation.” Now, how are we supposed to know whether or not Lastoria is forthright or covering up a clandestine operation? Aren’t the people who laugh at such a suggestion simply relying on blind faith? Sometimes a guffaw is nothing more than whistling in the dark. Lastoria, told the Houston Chronicle “Unofficial sources providing inaccurate information on Jade Helm want people to believe that it’s something other than a training exercise.” But, isn’t this just what we’d expect to hear from someone covering a clandestine operation? How are we to know? If I told you “I’m a liar, but I’m not lying about this.” What would or could you believe? The headline on the blog “Courthouse News”, March 27, 2015 read, “No Black Helicopters, Army Tells Texans”. In mid March, a very reliable contact, who’d never heard of “Jade Helm”, told me he saw three black helicopters land at night in a schoolyard in Houston, Texas, “A van pulled up and some people boarded the van and they all left.” That’s sounds pretty “clandestine ” to me! This isn’t a smoking gun, but an anomaly. However, the more frequent the anomalies one finds, the more difficult it is to sweep them under the rug. Another indirect test of veracity often employed in interrogations is noting how many times a person contradicts himself. The more times, the more likely it is he’s lying. In a court of law, the testimony of a witness is thrown out if it has inconsistencies. Let’s look at a few of Army Special Operation Command spokesperson Lastoria’s inconsistencies
In a packed County Commissioner’s Court in Bastrop County Texas, Lastoria told the audience that the “exercise would be held on private property and in some instances on public property, such as a state park” He said that landowners had volunteered their private property for the Jade Helm exercise. Later in the presentation, Lastoria contradicted his original explanation and said “a lot of” rather than “all” the training in Texas will take place on private land.” “Okay”, you say, “give the guy a break, after all he’s facing a skeptical crowd of concerned citizens worried about the military taking over their community and he’s merely a soldier.” Let’s move on. Another major component”, he said, “would be soldiers training to blend in with the local community.” Several people ask how they could be blending in with the local community, if they were going to be on private land? Lastoria replied that “role players’” would be involved in simulating communities in rural land.” There will be “roll players.” I’ve found advertising on the Internet near Lastoria’s Special Op base for role players for this assignment. There’s even a video on YouTube of a roll player meeting. However, Roy Boyd, chief deputy with the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office said that county law enforcement officials were briefed by the Army and were told, “Among the planned exercises, soldiers will try to operate undetected amongst civilian populations in some towns and cities where residents will be advised to report any suspicious activity they notice as a means of testing the military’s effectiveness, …They’re going to set up cells of people and test how well they’re able to move around without getting too noticed in the community…They’re testing their abilities to basically blend in with the local environment and not stand out and blow their cover.” While Lastoria has not contradicted himself here, we have testimony from a credible witness that contradicts Lastoria’s assertions and a fortiori indicates Lastoria is prevaricating.
Mark Lastoria, also told the public during his presentation, at the Bastrop Courthouse, that the name “Jade Helm” meant nothing. “They’re just completely random, pointless words”, he said, “so don’t read too much into it or try to associate it with China’s rising economy and military or the blue helmets of UN’s peacekeeping forces.” Again, Lastoria did not contradict himself, but within less than a week after Lastoria made this vacuous remark, the real meaning of “Jade Helm” was revealed on the Internet. “JADE (Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution) is a knowledge-based mixed-initiative system that supports force deployment planning and management. JADE uses case-based and generative planning methods to support the development of large-scale, complex deployment plans in minimal time. JADE incorporates the technology of three tools: Prodigy-Analogy (a combined case-based and generative planner developed by Carnegie Mellon University); ForMAT (Force Management and Analysis Tool) that supports case-based force deployment planning developed by BBN Technologies); and PARKA (a highly-indexed knowledge based management system developed by the University of Maryland). With JADE, a military planner can build a preliminary force deployment plan, including the Time Phased Force Deployment Data (TPFDD) in less than one hour. This speed in plan construction is possible because JADE supports the rapid retrieval and reuse of previous plan elements for use in the development of new plans. In addition, JADE employs an easy to use map-oriented drag and drop interface where force modules (FMs) from previous plans (cases) whose force capabilities and composition match the requirements of the current situation can be dragged from the case library and dropped onto a geographic destination. Plan modification and/or adaption is supported through remindings, e.g., each time that a force module is created or is copied into a plan (TPFDD) the user is automatically reminded of the need for geographical changes.” Another reason Lastoria has given in other contexts for why the seven state areas was chosen is because the terrain is similar to areas in the Middle East. However, in the above explanation it is said that every time a “force module is created”, which translates into a strategic plan, “the user is automatically reminded of the need for geographical changes.” This means, that war games can be played any where, but whenever the program is ask to apply a particular strategy to a particular situation, the user must also provide data on the geographical changes involved in that military action. That means that the geography in which war games are played and uploaded into their computers is irrelevant. Furthermore, practicing blending in to a small town Texas community would be quite different from blending in to a Middle Eastern Islamic community. Again, the rational for picking this seven state area appears to be concealed from the public. Jade Helm has a very specific meaning, which Lastoria hides by insulting the audience with silly imagined interpretations.
We know what “Jade” means, but what about “Helm”? Initially, some people thought it might be an acronym that stood for: “Homeland Eradication of Local Militants.” While that was a good guess, there’s nothing to substantiate this. We need, however, to once again remember that this is a Special Forces operation. “Helm” in “Jade Helm” is not an acronym. Special Ops people usually refer to the place of control or command as “at the helm”. The helm was the place where sailing ships were steered. In Special Ops jargon when so and so is “at the helm” that means he is in command. “Jade Helm” simply means “Jade is at the helm” or in command. There will be no general or human commander determining battle plans in this exercise but only the artificial intelligence “Jade”. “15” of course means 2015. This suggests that this exercise is perhaps unrolling one of many.
Another rather bizarre aspect of the Jade Helm logo is the blur where the arrows cross. By photo-shopping that blur it can be brought out to be a pair of wooden shoes. Wooden shoe means “sabot.” The word “sabot” means “wooden shoe” and is where the term “sabotage” comes from. One theory is that the shoe symbol is an illustration of what “they” will do to the humans as they “master the human domain.” Another theory is that wooden shoes are what the Nazis had their prisoners wear in their internment camps. This is certainly inconclusive, however, the fact that it is obscured in the logo indicates that it bears a hidden meaning. Clearly, there are a lot of things concealed from the public concerning the Jade Helm 15 exercises than either Mark Lastoria or the Department of defense wants to reveal. In part 2 we will investigate the Net Centric Warfare background of Jade Helm 15 to better understand the full implications of this “exercise”.