“When KVUE contacted me and we spoke verbally, they said they were looking to do a fear vs. fact piece,” Knight said, who spent 30 minutes on the phone with the Austin, Texas, station and e-mailed them extensive information about Jade Helm. “I tried to give them the facts, but ABC apparently wanted to emphasize the fear, label it ‘paranoia’ and ignore the facts.”
But in the interest of giving the public full access to the facts regarding Jade Helm, instead of allowing mainstream media to bury them to the government’s benefit, we have published below the e-mail exchange between Knight and KVUE, which the station never used in its reporting.
KVUE: 1) If Jade Helm 15 is not a training exercise, what do you believe Jade Helm 15 is? Why? Where are documents/proof?
David Knight: There’s been a concerted effort to deliberately misrepresent what we’ve said. Thank you for being one of the few outlets to contact us for comment. Most articles have proceeded to build a strawman and then tear it apart.
We first reported on Jade Helm on March 22. The Drudge Report picked up the story and the Jade Helm document but establishment media ignored it until this week. There has been a media frenzy mischaracterizing our concerns in the last couple of days. Here are some of our responses:
We never said this was going to be martial law. But given the history of 9/11, 7/7 (the London subway bombing) and other drills where first responders were involved in a training exercise and a real attack happens at exactly the same time, place and manner as the training scenario, we should keep a watchful eye on any training exercise outside of military bases.
You can hear the ITV (UK) report of how this happened on 7/7:
Our report on how this happened on 9/11:
We have been concerned and reported for some time about urban warfare training that is increasing in scope and frequency. As this has been happening, there have been numerous military training scenarios labeling conservatives, libertarians, tea party, Christians and veterans as homegrown terrorist threats:
Infowars has documented this for years with films, articles and government documents, like this article from six years ago from the Missouri Information Analysis Center. MIAC is a federal “Fusion Center” that informs LEOs of threats. The document conflates supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, and opponents of NAFTA with the Oklahoma City bombing and Waco and implies that they are terrorists.
Jade Helm is a multi-state exercise, involving all branches of special forces and lasting for two months. [Training in] Texas, Utah and a small part of California and labeling these “red states” as “hostile” in the exercise looks like it carries on with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s narrative of fear that has been frequently embraced by Homeland Security and the military. This is our original report on Jade Helm and has the document/slides attached.
The military has many military bases. They have Asymmetric Warfare training centers within some military bases like the ones at A.P. Hill & Lejune. These training centers replicate key areas of American cities for urban warfare training down to the details of working traffic lights and street signs. Taxpayers paid over $96 million for the A.P. Hill Asymmetric Training Center that opened last fall. Why, with all the military bases and asymmetric training centers and land under federal control, must they train in actual American cities for the training to be realistic?
KVUE: 2) Seems you believe the military isn’t being truthful. Why is that?
DK: We’ve never gotten satisfactory explanations as to why the military continues to train against conservatives, libertarians, tea party, Christians, veterans, etc. as homegrown terrorists.
And in spite of being criticized for doing so, in the recent dirty bomb drill in Richmond, Calif., the soldiers practiced crowd control and role players taunted the soldiers and identified themselves as “sovereign citizens” rather than working on victims.
The story went national when the Drudge Report picked up our article. The military’s initial response was to pretend that the document didn’t exist. They also said they couldn’t view the document as our site was blocked for the military (they block it [themselves]). But Drudge also linked to the Jade Helm document/slides on Scribd. They could have addressed it directly, but they chose a prevarication.
At the [public] meeting in Bastrop, Texas, the Lt. Col. [Mark Lastoria] chose to spin the exercise as taking place solely on private property, at the invitation of property owners and anyone who had a problem with that, had a problem with private property. In other words, it’s none of your business.
The reality is that private property owners did not initiate this. And if you read the military’s own document, it begins with a Statement of Purpose:
“[the army] seeks a written invitation and approval from local officials to conduct Realistic Military Training (RMT) within their jurisdictions for joint military exercise, JADE HELM 15”
Note that they were seeking permission (written invitation) from local government officials. Why is it the business of the government officials if it’s taking place on private property? And the term “invitation” is disingenuous when the military is pressuring local officials and private property owners for an “invitation.”
The Lt. Col. portrays this as nothing to be concerned about. Yet in the document they presented to local Texas officials, it appears that they are going to be in public places doing suspicious things. Here are quotes from the document describing the exercise:
“…operating in and around communities where anything out of the ordinary will be spotted and reported (Locals are the first to notice something out of place)…”
“…some individuals may conduct suspicious activities…”
“…some participants will be wearing civilian attire and driving civilian vehicles…”
KVUE: 3) Is this something people should be taking action on protecting themselves or something simply to monitor?
DK: This is a very leading question. We’ve never said this is a takeover and people should be violent. We’ve said it should be monitored and people should be politically aware of what the real purpose is.
KVUE: 4) Does Gov. Abbott’s promise to have the Texas State Guard monitor the training ease your mind? Why/why not?
DK: The state should always monitor federal activities. That’s the federal system.