If there’s a paranoid right-wing conspiracy theory, you know the Oath Keepers are going to be in on it. Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of that organization, has a slightly different spin on the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy — it might not be a takeover of the Southwest, but it’s conditioning people to accept one.
“I think Jade Helm is in part conditioning and vetting of the military to see who will and will not go along,” Rhodes told the “ Liberty Brothers” radio program, adding that the training exercise would quickly change from preparation for deployment overseas to experimenting in going after right-wing groups.
“I think it’s also conditioning and assessment and vetting of the local politicians,” he added. “Who raises questions? Who has any serious, meaningful questions about what we’re doing with this exercise? They put their name down. I think they’re figuring out who is loyal and who is not loyal and who is likely to go along, with the town councils and county commissioners as well.”
He added that the exercise is also “meant to condition the public” and “intimidate” those who are on to the plot by telling them, “Resistance is futile, if you dare to oppose us this is what will happen, Navy Seals and Delta Force will come get you.”
I’d still like to know why the federal government would need to take over part of the country they already control. Do they know what “take over” actually means?