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That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -Declaration of Independence 1776

As worry begins to mount over President Barack Obama’s Jade Helm 15 exercises, Congress is beginning to take action on the controversial operation that many believe is a precursor to martial law.

Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, recently became the latest lawmaker to express grave doubt about the exercises, and he pointed out something much of the media hasn’t reported — namely, which states are supposed to be “hostile” territory during the exercise.

Gohmert said in a letter to his constituents that he was deeply troubled by the fact that the territory deemed “hostile” is all in Republican-leaning states.

“Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015. This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law,” Gohmert said in the letter.

“Certainly, I can understand these concerns. When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned,” he explained.

Rep. Gohmert, a veteran of the armed forces, then laid out why Jade Helm 15 worries him.

“Having served in the U.S. Army, I can understand why military officials have a goal to see if groups of Special Forces can move around a civilian population without being noticed and can handle various threat scenarios,” Gohmert wrote.

“In military science classes or in my years on active duty, I have participated in or observed military exercises; however, we never named an existing city or state as a ‘hostile,’” he elaborated. “We would use fictitious names before we would do such a thing.”

And when he took a look at the states that were “hostile,” Rep. Gohmert immediately noticed a pattern.

“Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution,” Gohmert wrote.

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When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in ‘hostile’ control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious.”

Rep. Gohmert said that, if Jade Helm 15 is to go off, the government needs to dramatically change the operation.

“Such labeling by a government that is normally not allowed to use military force against its own citizens is an affront to the residents of that particular state considered as ‘hostile,’ as if the government is trying to provoke a fight with them,” Gohmert wrote.

“The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.” (H/T WND)

Even if Jade Helm 15 isn’t a precursor to martial law, the lack of oversight, the secrecy, the infringement on public space and the obvious political intimidation meant by the exercise is reason enough to either cancel or seriously re-purpose the exercise.

We support Rep. Gohmert’s stand on this issue and invite more congressmen to echo his opposition toJade Helm in its present form.

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