A Texas-based political activist says citizens have a right to be concerned about their federal government, including the upcoming military exercise known as "Jade Helm 15."
The three-month exercise begins in July and involves about 1,200 Special Operations soldiers operating in states in the Southwest, including Texas.
A map of the proposed operations areas show "hostile" territory that includes Texas and Utah, which happen to be so-called "red states. Other states including California and Nevada referred to as "permissive."
The exercise has fueled fears of a plan to implement martial law while Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has assured Americans that it's routine training.
Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, says she's skeptical about the Defense Secretary's assurances.
"Why is it that only states that are red, those that are Republican, are being targeted in this?" she asks.
The map's designations have also drawn fire from U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmer, who defended the exercise itself but questioned why "red states" are listed as "hostile."
In a press release, Gohmert stated:
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....
Citing his own U.S. Army background, the congressman went on state that he understands the goal of the exercise, which is to allow Special Forces soldiers to move among civilian populations as if they are behind enemy lines.
Adams also takes issues with talk of "conspiracy theories," arguing there's nothing conspiratorial with asking questions of the Obama administration.
She doubts a nightmare scenario is coming similar to the Tiananmen Square massacre China in 1989. That is because, she says, America's armed forces would not "turn their weapons on the American people."