According to the Texas Tribune, Governor Greg Abbott defended his decision to have the Texas State Guard monitor a U.S. Military exercise known as Jade Helm 15.

Instead, Abbott said his office is simply looking to serve as a "communication facilitator" between the military and concerned citizens, some of whom recently packed an information session in Bastrop County about the exercise, known as Jade Helm 15. The next day, Abbott sent a letterto the State Guard asking it to keep an eye on the operation so that "Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed."

"We are playing a pivotal role of government and that is to provide information to people who have questions," Abbott told reporters Monday following a prayer breakfast in North Austin. "It's clear that people in Bastrop had questions."

Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the exercise — which spans several states and is scheduled to start this summer — is a covert effort to institute martial law. But Abbott said he has "seen nothing that would cause anybody to worry about what is going on."

Abbott's order was both praised and ridiculed. The Pentagon has said that Texas has nothing to worry about. Do you agree with Abbott's order? Let us know in today's KFYO Poll of the Day.