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peggysue2

(10,722 posts)
Sat May 5, 2018, 12:08 PM May 2018

Another Trip on the Wayback Machine: Jade Helm Hysteria

As we attempt to get our heads around the ongoing Trumpster debacle, the 2016 electoral madness, Michael Hayden, former NSA & CIA Director, suggests taking a trip back to 2015 and revisit the military Jade Helm exercises in Texas. You might vaguely recall Governor Abbott acquiescing to the conspiracy nuts, ordering the State Guard to monitor the Federal military exercises because the ongoing disinformation campaign convinced—the more paranoid and unhinged—that a roundup of political dissidents was at hand. Texas statehood was at stake; a Federal coup was blowing in the wind. Be Afraid!

All under the command of President Obama. Of course.

How did this happen and why?

Hayden has pointedly said that Jade Helm was a test case for Russian bots and the alt-right media to disrupt, confuse and spread a conspiracy information virus into the body politic. It worked surprisingly well and encouraged the instigators to expand the technique to our electoral process.

If Hayden is correct, one of the flash points to what we’ve witnessed since—the Trumpster dumpster fire—started in Texas and was fanned, along with other elements, into the 4-alarm disaster we’re living in the moment.

See more at the Texas Tribune here:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/05/03/hysteria-over-jade-helm-exercise-texas-was-fueled-russians-former-cia-/

Btw, the Wayback Machine is an interesting and instructive way to pinpoint what we missed in the lead-up to the Trumpster Train. Hopefully, we learn. Even if it is the Hard Way.

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Another Trip on the Wayback Machine: Jade Helm Hysteria (Original Post) peggysue2 May 2018 OP
It was a classic misdirection. Turbineguy May 2018 #1
LOL!! peggysue2 May 2018 #4
From Juanita Jean Gothmog May 2018 #2
Amazing isn't it? peggysue2 May 2018 #5
How Greg Abbott Got Played by the Russians During His Jade Helm Freakout Gothmog May 2018 #3
Did Abbott get played? peggysue2 May 2018 #6

Turbineguy

(36,977 posts)
1. It was a classic misdirection.
Sat May 5, 2018, 01:20 PM
May 2018

Obama's plan was to distract, while Michelle Obama's lesbian lovers confiscated all the gunz. Luckily, and thanks to the Russians, the plot failed!

peggysue2

(10,722 posts)
4. LOL!!
Sat May 5, 2018, 02:05 PM
May 2018

But of course!

You know I hadn't recalled Jade Helm until I read about Hayden's comments. Then I remembered the craziness which most people shrugged off, laughed about and/or used as just another example of an Alex Jones conspiracy moment.

To consider it was much more than that is pretty revealing. For me at least. I never thought back in 2015 that the whackos would get a foothold.

Now we all know different.

Reread a Garry Kasparov quote this morning:

The point go modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It os to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.

Gothmog

(142,729 posts)
2. From Juanita Jean
Sat May 5, 2018, 01:58 PM
May 2018

Juanita Jean remembers the furor over this conspiracy theory http://juanitajean.com/jade-helm-was-a-russian-job/

Mot of y’all will remember Jade Helm, a army training operation that every damn nut job in Texas was convinced was a cover for Obama coming to take our guns and put us all in re-education camps. They stormed city council meets and went to the State Capitol to scream and holler.



It was the end of the damn world, y’all.

They even got governor Greg Abbott to send out the Texas State Guard to monitor the army to make sure they didn’t sneak around stealing guns.

Oh Good Lord. Even the day after the training was over and everything was okay, the nuts said it would have happened if they hadn’t been watching. And, you know, scaring crap outta each other and emptying the food shelves of Walmart.

Juanita Jean was happy to see that this was a Russian disinformation stunt

Y’all, I personally know some of the idiots who were convinced that Obama was gonna use the military to take our guns. And, for your entertainment value, the internet machine is filled with pictures.

They got pranked. By Russia.

And the head dope? Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott.

We’re gonna enjoy this.

peggysue2

(10,722 posts)
5. Amazing isn't it?
Sat May 5, 2018, 02:11 PM
May 2018

I mean the whole thing is so-o-o over the top. Yet more than a few bought the lie and ran with it.

And the fact that Abbott acquiesced to the nonsense really calls into question: What did the Republicans know and when did they know it?

Gothmog

(142,729 posts)
3. How Greg Abbott Got Played by the Russians During His Jade Helm Freakout
Sat May 5, 2018, 01:59 PM
May 2018

Greg is an idiot who was played by the russians https://www.texasobserver.org/how-greg-abbott-got-played-by-the-russians-during-his-jade-helm-freakout/

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s willingness to pander to the manic extremism broadcast through AM radio airwaves and streamed on the margins of YouTube apparently has him playing right into the hands of Russian disinformation campaigns.

At least that’s what former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said on a “Morning Joe” podcast about the governor’s decision in 2015 to deploy the Texas State Guard to monitor federal troops.

Hayden said, “There was an exercise in Texas called Jade Helm 15 that Russian bots in the American alt-right media convinced most — many — Texans was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.”

Abbott fell right into the trap, Hayden said, by legitimizing conspiracy theories with official state action. “At that point, I’m figuring the Russians are saying, ‘We can go big time,’ and at that point I think they said ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.’”

peggysue2

(10,722 posts)
6. Did Abbott get played?
Sat May 5, 2018, 02:19 PM
May 2018

Or did he allow himself to be played.

I don't trust any of these weasels.

The Republican Party owes the American public a slew of answers to very pointed questions. Unless we're to believe that the Republican platform just 'happened' to be changed to suit the Russian position in Ukraine, this whole dirty affair was in the making for some time. The Jade Helm nonsense is one more puzzle piece.

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