Texas Governor Greg Abbott has decided to placate the conspiracy nuts. From the Houston Chronicle:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered members of the Texas Military to monitor federal troops in an upcoming two-month training exercise planned for the Lone Star State.
Operation Jade Helm will bring the U.S. military’s most elite soldiers, including the Green Berets and Navy SEALS, to Texas for simulated special operations in a hostile territory. But plans for the exercise have roused fears in many Texans of a federal occupation.
In a letter to Major General Gerald Betty of the Texas State Guard, Abbott said his order was “to address concerns of Texas citizens.”
“During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property right and civil liberties will not be infringed,” the governor wrote. “I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15.”
Lovely. Just the leadership we need in the Lone Star State. Did Alex Jones put Gov. Abbott up to this move?
I don’t dismiss the need for Texas state officials and other States to know when the armed forces conduct exercises within its borders. To that end, military officials briefed local law enforcement officials months ago regarding the operation. Gov. Abbott is grandstanding here to protect his right flank.