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Pentagon dismisses conspiracies about Texas exercises

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon on May 7, 2015 in Washington, DCThe Pentagon on Thursday dismissed conspiracy theories about planned army exercises in Texas, saying there was no plot for a US military takeover of the state as some right-wing bloggers have alleged. Faced with more than one question about the routine exercises at a press conference, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sought to defuse a flurry of rumors circulating about the drills. We are very transparent, we’ve tried to be very transparent in this case and answer all questions,” he said, adding the Pentagon was grateful for the hospitality offered by local officials. Ever since the US Army’s Special Operations Command announced the “Jade Helm 15” exercise in March, paranoid theories have taken off and gained momentum in the state.

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