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As Jade Helm military exercise approaches, here’s your guide to all its inspired conspiracy theories




A U.S Paratrooper from 4/25th Infantry Division looks on as other members of his unit make a jump from a C-17 Globemaster as part of exercise Talisman Sabre on July 8, 2015
A U.S Paratrooper from 4/25th Infantry Division looks on as other members of his unit make a jump from a C-17 Globemaster as part of exercise Talisman Sabre on July 8, 2015
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It’s been accused of being a dry run for the apocalypse, an international operation to seize people's guns and a military plan to round up key political figures who may oppose martial law, and tomorrow, we might all find out what it’s really about.

Jade Helm 15, one of the largest military Special Operations exercises ever, will span the Southwest from Texas to New Mexico,  Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado over the course of two months and involve 1,200 troops.

In a statement the military says the training will “further develop tactics, techniques, and procedures for emerging concepts in Special Operations warfare,” but what started out in March as yet another conspiracy riff by radio show host Alex Jones has since garnered the attention of Governors, congressmen and mainstream media.

What is it about the human psyche and these conspiracy theories that makes them so satisfying?

Guest:

R.G. Ratcliffe, freelance writer who’s been tracking Jade Helm conspiracy theories for the Texas Monthly