Speaking of CNN, they were of course obligated to do a story about these wingnut freakjobs freaking out about freaking nothing, because editorial judgment is for pussies: The question for many is do Americans need to have their civil liberties protected from involvement by the U.S. military. U.S. military officials tell CNN they welcome the state guard working with them to coordinate the exercise operations in Texas, but that one sentence in the governor’s letter is without foundation.
On Monday, Abbott told reporters the guard simply will gather information, monitor the exercise and report to him about what is going on. Abbott said he has been “provided assurances,” by the Defense Department that “there is nothing for the public to worry about.”
Sen. Ted Cruz said he also has asked the Pentagon what’s going on, and has been told everything is fine. But the Republican presidential candidate also indicated he understands why people may be concerned: persistent mistrust of the federal government.
Many on the Internet are convinced something is about to happen. Several websites are expressing the worries of some residents of Bastrop County, Texas, that the exercise is going to lead to a military takeover, something Pentagon officials adamantly deny.
“Jade Helm is a long planned and coordinated exercise,” Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren said. “We are not taking over anything.”
But that’s not stopping websites like the Oath Keepers’ which says, “The Internet is abuzz with speculation these exercises are not designed to prepare U.S. troops for overseas operations, but are actually designed to prepare U.S. troops for aggressive operations against American citizenry.”
You got that? Every official source, every spokesman, every single officer of the US Military above latrine duty, and THE Bleeping PENTAGON have all said look, there’s nothing here, but the Oath Keepers web site says differently! There’s a story here! We can’t just ignore the Internet phenomenon thing!
We can’t just say let’s not embarrass ourselves by giving these people the time of day, and go on to report on what we choose to report on since we actually get to decide those things. No, we are powerless to resist the thrill of a bunch of cranks scrawling shit in crayon on the walls.
Besides, who are we to say who’s right, the Joint Chiefs of whatever they’re chiefing, or MANY ON THE INTERNET WHO ARE CONVINCED SOMETHING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN?
Now every rumor online will apparently merit a full-scale CNN investigation, which should be fun once the Most Trusted Name in News gets to whether those boys who play brothers on Supernatural are secretly screwing.