Jade Helm 15 is the most controversial military exercise in recent memory, so one would think that the Pentagon would be allowing unprecedented access to the media to reassure the American people that nothing untoward is happening.
However, when the military exercise starts next week, not only will there not be unprecedented access, there will be no access whatsoever.
The exercise, considered to be groundbreaking in size and scope, will take place over three months on private and public land in several Southwestern states. Approximately 1,200 soldiers will take part.
However, despite the historic dimensions of the exercise, no embedded reporters will be allowed to cover Jade Helm 15.
Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, spokesman for Army Special Operations Command who has acted as the military’s media voice on matters relating to Jade Helm 15, says that the Army is considering allowing “a small number of journalists” to cover certain aspects of the operation.
However, nothing has been set in stone and even that limited coverage may not even happen.
“All requests from the media for interviews and coverage of U.S. Army Special Operations Command personnel, organizations and events are assessed for feasibility and granted when and where possible,” Lt. Col. Lastoria told The Washington Post. “We are dedicated to communicating with the public, while balancing that against the application of operations security and other factors.”
The lack of media coverage will do little to dispel the fears of many Americans who are already suspicious of the operation.
In fact, suspicion is so high that at least one governor — Texas Republican Greg Abbott — has ordered state officials to monitor the exercise.
It doesn’t help the government’s cause any when the media, who are supposed to act as the watchdog of the people, are excluded from the largest and most controversial exercise in recent history.
If the government has nothing to hide, why keep hiding it? It’s time the American people learned the truth about Jade Helm 15.
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