Officials from the military have reportedly been negotiating contracts with Texas ranchers to conduct Jade Helm 15 exercises on their property, but one Big Spring resident said he would refuse to comply.
“I support our troops, but when they’re trying to take over our civilians, that ain’t cool,” Timothy Yanez told reporters.
He added, “(Those are) their homes. That’s where they live.”
Unfortunately, nothing is known about these secretive contracts, because the military refuses to answer questions pertaining to how many landowners will be displaced or how much they will be compensated.
However, Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan did not expect any major problems.
“We might also see new faces around town and in the grocery stories … but I don’t think we’re going to have people kicked out of their homes or (military personnel) knocking on doors in the middle of the night,” he told reporters.
If anything, McLellan expected the influx of military soldiers in his community to lead to an uptick in local sales of up to $150,000.
The mayor’s upbeat attitude placed him in stark contrast with many of his peers in Texas who are concerned about why President Barack Obama’s military is not only running these exercises, but also running them in such an apparently sinister manner.
Even famed martial artist Chuck Norris has expressed his concern..
The Texas Conspiracy Theory That Has Chuck Norris Freaked Out
Everything’s bigger in Texas ? including conspiracy theories. One such theory has gained steam online; it says the U.S. military is about to invade the state.
The rumors began in March and center around a planned military training operation set to take place in Texas over the summer, dubbed Operation Jade Helm 15. Critics of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott say he added fuel to the conspiracy fire when he ordered Texas State Guard troops to monitor the military exercises in the state this summer throughout the eight-week simulation in order to protect Texans’ “civil liberties.”
The conspiracy has been driven in part by the prominent voices calling for scrutiny of the exercises. Actor Chuck Norris, an outspoken advocate for conservative causes, wrote in a column on WorldNetDaily, “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.”