What Do They Know? Pentagon Releases Ominous Video Warning of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future

pentagon-videoBy Claire Bernish

Hell best describes the future of large cities portrayed in a haunting — and rather alarming — Pentagon video obtained by the Intercept.

Titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” the five-minute video discusses urban warfare in the not-so-distant future, and the imagined difficulties of controlling sprawling populations in the coming utter chaos.

“Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,” a stern voice narrates over mildly ominous background music and images of present-day urban blight and violence. “These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.”

According to the Intercept, the video, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, has been shown as part of the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) course called “Advanced Special Operations Combating Terrorism,” for its lesson on “The Emerging Terrorism Threat.”

But the terrorists depicted in its footage aren’t the stereotypical religious extremists currently the putative focus of a multi-fronted U.S. military campaign — rather, the Pentagon warns, the enemy will be subversive elements arising amid dwindling resources as the stratification of wealth sharpens in the years to come.

“Growth will magnify the increasing separation between rich and poor,” the narrator portends. “Religious and ethnic tensions will be a defining element of the social landscape. Stagnation will coexist with unprecedented development, as impoverishment, slums, and shantytowns rapidly expand alongside modern highrises, technological advances, and ever-increasing levels of prosperity. This is the world of our future — yet it is one we are not effectively prepared to operate within; and it is unavoidable.”

Megacities will host 60 percent of the world’s rapidly expanding population by 2030, the video notes, and urban centers “will be the locus, where drivers of instability will converge” — instability brought by the inability of Earth to support exploding population, as in the lack of fresh water and sanitation, closer proximity of traditionally opposed ideologies, and burgeoning alternative forms of governance necessitated by such cramped living.

Despite these sharply diminishing supplies, rigged electrical grids, and “growing mass of unemployed,” the narrator exhorts, technological advances will continue unabated, furthering the stark contrast between burgeoning alternative societies and — what one must imagine — the elite element looking down on it all.

“Where physical domains can be seen, digital domains will have limitless potential to breed and expand without limit,” the narrator predicts over an image pulled from an Anonymous video. “Digital security and trade will be increasingly threatened by sophisticated illicit economies and decentralized syndicates of crime to give adversaries global reach at an unprecedented level.”


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It wouldn’t be a stretch to surmise the video is taking aim at the growing number of cryptocurrencies, hackers, and — frankly — subversive agorist elements already working outside traditional governance and Big Bank-centered financial systems.

As the Intercept points out, the video seemed at first to originate from JSOU, but in actuality was produced by the Army.

“It was made for an internal military audience to illuminate the challenges of operating in megacity environments,” U.S. Army spokesperson William Layer told the Intercept by email. “The video was privately produced pro-bono in spring of 2014 based on ‘Megacities and the United States Army.’… The producer of the film wishes to remain anonymous.”

Understandable, that anonymity, given the hyperbolic — if not terrifying — portrait of the near future painted by flat narration against a backdrop of chaos and gloom.

“Even our counterinsurgency doctrine,” narration continues, “honed in the cities of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, is inadequate to address the sheer scale of population in the future urban reality. We are facing environments that the masters of war never foresaw. We are facing a threat that requires us to redefine doctrine and the force in radically new and different ways.”

“Megacities are, by definition, urban areas with a population of 10 million or more, and they have been a recent source of worry and research for the U.S. military,” the Intercept notes. “A 2014 Army report, titled ‘Megacities and the United States Army,’ warned that ‘the Army is currently unprepared. Although the Army has a long history of urban fighting, it has never dealt with an environment so complex and beyond the scope of its resources.’ A separate Army study published this year bemoans the fact that the ‘U.S. Army is incapable of operating within the megacity.’”

Dystopian though the video might be, it also makes the staggering assumption the fringe elements in these megacities will inherently operate as violent, criminal elements, rather than simply thwarting governance grown too overbearing to function rationally and justly.

In this way, “Megacities” functions quite similarly to current controversial police training — furthering the Us versus Them scaremongering without foundation in reality. Of course, this would be rational in the eyes of its military producer.

“This is a fantasy, the idea that there is a special military science of megacities,” Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb, told the Intercept. “It’s simply not the case. … They seem to envision large cities with slum peripheries governed by antagonistic gangs, militias, or guerrilla movements that you can somehow fight using special ops methods. In truth, that’s pretty far-fetched. … You only have to watch ‘Black Hawk Down’ and scale that up to the kind of problems you would have if you were in Karachi, for example. You can do special ops on a small-scale basis, but it’s absurd to imagine it being effective as any kind of strategy for control of a megacity.”

Control, it would seem, is the ultimate goal of the government’s strong-arm military — whether or not alternative subsets coexist peacefully in the shadow of their high rise-dwelling elite brethren.

The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.

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Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

  • madrino

    Did you get a load of the demographics that they WANT to happen! These “people” WANT disparity, lawlessness, and are completely reactive. They see THEIR future and have been doing everything possible to make it so, even in America. These “people” are mass murderers hiding behind the DESIRE for a dystopian future so they can increase their business. It means making communities unsustainable, ever moving more people into impoverished environments with incredibly high disparity of living conditions. These “people” WANT this. The military WANTS centralization of power, public and private, and are nothing more than paid mercenaries for murder, torture, incarceration at their owners (those who pay them) command. The US military, expanding into a global entity itself, has NEVER fought for the freedom of Americans. They have, since George Washington, ALWAYS fought for the expansion of power and assets, along with their alphabet soup brethren, of the elite, and always in aggression. The only time there was ever a defense was 1812, and that was not for the people’s freedom but for monied interests to remain capable of future acts of their own aggression. Daniel Shays’s rebellion, Whiskey rebellion and others, early in America’s existence identify that taxation and representation were only for a select few. The future cannot be set by these like minded diseased minds, just as their puppet regimes around the world have ruled in 3rd world countries helping provide wealth for the few while people suffer from the drugs, labor subterfuge, crumbling cities/townships/communities… The National Security State and it’s support organizations operate in the dark, outside of the minds and vision of the majority who are intentionally not informed. Some sunlight is desperately needed to begin to correct this situation, with minds that bear good fruit, not death, harm and disease.

    • Archie1954

      YES!

    • M. “Wyatt” Howell

      They haven’t met us country folks yet !!!

      • marlene

        LOL – We’re not going to make it easy for them!

    • blue579

      The centralization of military and police forces is going global with Europe working towards a central EU military force and Putin announcing last month Russia’s international and domestic forces will be reunited USSR style dubbed the resurrection of the KGB with the proposed name the same one used during Stalin’s reign of terror.

    • Sunshine49

      Excellent post and I totally agree, BUT the Bible tells us that Satan WILL get his one world order because so many have been blinded to the truth.

      Have you tried to talk to a Democrat lately? They will not see the truth and may even get violent if you try to open their eyes. How do you fight Satan’s deception?

      Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

      • M. “Wyatt” Howell

        The real power is with us. …we have God on our side, because we are fighting this evil, and we will be protected, IF we do the work !!

        • Sunshine49

          True that the Bible says we will be protected IF we are fighting on God’s side and for HIS law — NOT man’s. God is NOT saving nations now — only individuals. Jesus also said: 1 John 2:15 love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Love for our freedom and our country are things of THIS world — not God’s “coming” kingdom!

  • blue579

    Pentagon video = psychological terrorism – – – designed to create fear and hostility. Endless negative psychic energy being injected into the awake sectors. Best to stay grounded with each other and Mother Nature.

    • M. “Wyatt” Howell

      Propaganda to keep us divided and ineffective. From what I see, slowly, but surely, many folks are ignoring this insanity and we, the people, will create our own reality and get our country back from these criminals and murderers.

      • blue579

        Very well said, Wyatt. Create our own realty, a beautiful sentiment. I’m ready.

        • M. “Wyatt” Howell

          Many, many of us have been ready. Unfortunately, a peaceful solution to this Good versus evil scenario will be anything but peaceful. So, with that, may God and the Angels give us strength in the face of our duties as free men, and the courage to deal with the menace within our own gov’t.

  • CAWS

    Agenda 21 will continue forcing people into the cities for “conservation” & predatory eminent domain by corporations. Man is the only animal that voluntarily lives in crowded conditions. In nature they disperse or die. Once they have us rounded up the poor,sick, disabled & elderly will be eliminated biologically thru vaccines , select water delivery systems [see Janet Phelan’s articles] or DNA targeted viruses that are deadly to select groups. It has already begun.

  • “Unavoidable”? Or their plan for the future? “We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries.”
    David Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission, 1991

    • marlene

      Thanks for spreading this around. It’s important that everyone reads it.

    • Sunshine49

      Revelation 17:17 for God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as YET; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

      • M. “Wyatt” Howell

        Short-lived evil power ? That’s good for us to know !!

        • Sunshine49

          True. The Bible says that Satan will reign for only three and a half years until Jesus returns. It’s the day (last year of Satan’s reign) of God’s wrath that will be a killer for a lot of people who don’t believe in God and Jesus Christ or have taken the mark of the beast to survive in this world. Sounds like most of the Dems to me.

    • M. “Wyatt” Howell

      Rarely are these issues set in concrete. Heck, a meteor hit could destroy one of these NeoCon underground bunkers, if we’re lucky. We the people can survive and win this challenge of removing the parasites from our gov’t and replacing them with regular people who believe in liberty and our Constitution/Bill of Rights, and who have the best interests of these United States at heart.
      We need statesmen/women not more politicians (and term limits for Congress). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20d6dfc6f2df30c3133ce0390bd5629213264a15753513d163b967c61b34fa61.jpg

  • No wonder they are implementing Agenda 2030 and the global warming scare…they want to move us into compact cities where more of us can be killed and the depopulation agenda can be carried out more easily

  • Herbert Dorsey

    Remember that the military mind set is always “us” and “them” and how can we beat “them”. Normal people actually have the ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes and live in harmony with their brothers and sisters. I have often marveled at how you could have over 40 million people living within a 15 mile radius in Los Angles and not have total chaos.
    Also remember that the Pentagon need us to keeping fearing the “other guys” so that they can justify their jobs of rendering death and destruction throughout the planet.

  • marlene

    The paranoid and greed of the 1% wrote this video. They’ve already stolen enough of the world’s resources and land to make this “dream” come true. This so-called “warning” is their way of blaming events outside of their control as an excuse to begin preparing for the world THEY want when they usurp the the power (beginning with the loss of sovereignty and independence) of the world’s countries to execute their New World Order where everything belongs solely to them and is under their complete control. In the meantime, they will do all that they can to instill fear in us and terrorize us to weaken our strength and resolve, while making the next generation more compliant to their demands, through education and the media. “Everybody wants to rule the world” and the global corporate oligarchy intends and plans to do just that. De-population: toxic vaccines, created superbugs, toxic water and air, geoengineering, plagues that come from the labs, euthanasia, massive abortions and so on. They will get their cake and eat it too, no matter what the cost to the rest of us, as their plan started decades ago as made their useful idiots world leaders and, now, all that is left to do is to blame us and make us believe it.

  • Sunshine49

    I can see this happening under Hillary and the Democrats because she will make Americans worse off than they are now with her new taxes and regulations. Of course the worst threat is her bringing in hundreds of thousands of potential Muslim terrorists which CAN’T be vetted, while leaving Christians to be killed by ISIS! That will make our biggest cities like New York hotbeds of terrorism! All “good” for the people isn’t it?

  • MM59

    “The future is urban”
    Not if we reject Agenda 21/Agenda 2030.

  • Cervantes Clan

    Now Soylent Green is looking like a prophetic work as well as 1984

  • firstresponder

    It’s called the War on the Poor. All wars are Banker wars, and the only war that matters is the Class War. If the poor want to win this war, they should avoid conflict with the police and the military, and instead target the rich directly. The goal should be a new form of government, and a revolutionary economic system, that eliminates the extremes of wealth and poverty.

  • Ira Wtcseventruth Steinhart

    Is there a link to the actual video?

  • TOPDOG1

    You’re living in them now, idiot!

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