AFP in Texas for JADE HELM 15

By Mark Anderson

SEGUIN, Texas—This newspaper recently began an in-depth investigation into the widespread, nebulous United States military exercise named “Jade Helm 15.”

According to the most convincing indications, the massive operation will focus on the futuristic, high-tech concept of “mastering the human domain,” wherein social media, demographics, political beliefs and scores of other cultural “data” are mined to help the military do “human mapping” and better identify potential uprisings and pinpoint “adversaries.” At least that’s the viewpoint among military planners and highly paid contractors cashing in on the surveillance state that America’s global military footprint has spawned.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS writer John Friend reported on Jade Helm in California for the July 20 & 27 edition of this newspaper. Friend provided key details about the sheer scope of this massive military operation.

Here’s just a portion of what Friend revealed:

Jade Helm will involve roughly 200 Special Operations troops combined with an additional 300 support personnel for the duration of the exercise. For a period of five days in August, 700 members of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division will be involved as well, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

The Special Operations troops will conduct their exercises on both private and public land in a number of southern states, with the majority of the training scheduled to occur in Texas. Special Operations commanders will lead the military exercise, which is said to have been designed to prepare troops for overseas engagements, from Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida, the home of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group.


To learn more about what Jade Helm will entail locally in Texas, this writer paid an impromptu visit on July 28 to Bastrop County, Texas to speak with Sheriff Terry Pickering. The brief encounter would almost justify renaming him “Stonewall” Pickering, since he declined to meet with AFP’s Jade Helm team, and his spokeswoman was short with this writer—bordering on rude—while repeatedly sniping, “We have nothing to say,” and, “No comment at all,” on Jade Helm.

The nearby Bastrop County judge’s office was almost as blunt in emphasizing that they had absolutely nothing to say about Jade Helm, even as this writer pointed out to both the sheriff’s and judge’s offices that Jade Helm, far from being a mere weekend military excursion, lasts all the way through mid-September and many citizens are concerned about the exercise.

Just outside the county courthouse, Bastrop resident Tom Draper told AFP that the very reason he’s concerned about Jade Helm is that so little is known about it. The fact that local civil authorities are being so tight-lipped doesn’t help things, he added. Three Seguin, Texas residents on July 27, selected at random to comment on Jade Helm, all said they’ve heard of the exercise, with one commenting that some believe it’s a prelude to “martial law,” though she herself was undecided. The other two were more or less neutral.

AFP chose Texas to start its on-the-ground investigation since it’s the main focal point among the seven “official” states where Jade Helm is being conducted. The other official states, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, are Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

However, in what many see as an unsettling state of affairs, significant parts of the exercise are being done off of military bases and instead are being carried out on public and private lands, reportedly with the full consent of landowners and local authorities. The military, as has been reported, admits Jade Helm’s large size and scope sets it apart from conventional exercises.

But is this list incomplete? Flint, Michigan residents were recently shocked by a loud explosion during military training—also off-base—in and around an abandoned school building near town. Was this part of the Jade Helm exercise?

So far, military authorities have been tight-lipped about that, too, refusing to comment on any specifics of the official operation.

Not all residents are worried, though. A waitress at Maxine’s Cafe in Bastrop feels Jade Helm doesn’t concern her. She told AFP that a soldier she knows assured her it’s just a fairly routine exercise and that maybe troops training at home make her hometown more, not less, secure.

In Texas, this writer was accompanied by AFP supporter and live stream video journalist Ron Avery.


While Jade Helm revs up, soldiers from the U.S., Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria have been training in Ukraine as part of the huge multinational Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center.

The exercise, which is being pitched as just another innocuous training session, is part of a U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization policy to antagonize Russia, with soldiers and equipment operating right next to the Russian border. It’s all part of a plan by Western nations to maintain a confrontational posture with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

“Rapid Trident. . . is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise focused on peacekeeping and stability operations. It is part of a U.S. European Command Joint Exercise Program, designed to enhance joint-combined interoperability with allied and partner nations,” a U.S. Army news release noted.

U.S. officials are clearly trying to make the eastward push of Western forces seem routine and relatively benign—although it’s something to keep in mind as Jade Helm plays out.

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AFP Roving Editor Mark Anderson is a veteran reporter who covers the annual Bilderberg meetings and is chairman of AFP’s new America First Action Committee, designed to involve AFP readers in focusing intensely on Congress to enact key changes, including monetary reform and a pullback of the warfare state. He and his wife Angie often work together on news projects.

4 Comments on AFP in Texas for JADE HELM 15

  1. Prepare fellas for the coming of the American police and surveillance state. It’s being played out little by little right under our noses. Soon or later, America and the world will be under a fasciocommunistic new world order. May God have mercy on His people.
  2. Nutjob express—article, writer, and other commenters. Yes, a planet is going to crash into the earth and EVERY astronomer in the world is keeping it quiet because Obama.

    And the thought that our military is going to “take down America” with a couple thousand troops is ludicrous. Obama is incompetent, remember, and yet you think he could pull something like this off?

  3. Well, there’s possibly more than one thing going on here. We are going to war and they don’t want to create panic, or this planet x is going to crash in September and after that the military has to control things because it’s going to be a mess! That’s when the new world order kicks in because all that we know today is no longer going to be there. So is it real? Mark right now for us to try and determine just what’s going on. But whatever it is, it will be handled by god. He will fix this. He is our master of all things, and he must be shaking his head on what he sees in this world today! But that’s a good thing because it will be fixed by him and his son Jesus, and we won’t have to go through this hell ever again! We will all be happy and content, with a new world to live in. Take care everyone; it will be alright, stay strong.
  4. The government cannot be trusted. Obama, being a com minus, has no liking for America, and this came from his own mouth. This Jade Helm is Obama’s plan to take down America, I believe, and the FBI and all other federal agencies are going along with this plan. If they were not, Obama would have been arrested and hung by the neck. Obama has committed TREASON over and over again and even the Congress is quiet.

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