Pentagon: An “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future Lies Ahead for World’s Largest Cities

It simply follows that if terrorists are finding their way into our nation, that they are not here to volunteer at the local food pantry.  And it would be an extraordinary feat of law enforcement work to catch every potential terrorist before he or she strikes.

So why won’t the Obama administration exert every effort to foreclose on the possibility of terrorism happening in the US by employing an aggressive approach to vetting immigrants?  Is the real goal to create a future where powerful, militarized police forces shut down what has been up to now, constitutionally-guaranteed rights to dissent against and protest government policies?

What would such a future look like?  Here’s one idea:

According to a startling Pentagon video obtained by The Intercept, the future of global cities will be an amalgam of the settings of “Escape from New York” and “Robocop” — with dashes of the “Warriors” and “Divergent” thrown in. It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes — brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers.

At least that’s the scenario outlined in “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a five-minute video that has been used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University. All that stands between the coming chaos and the good people of Lagos and Dhaka (or maybe even New York City) is the U.S. Army, according to the video, which The Intercept obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

Scary stuff to read and contemplate.  What is a “megacity?”

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. 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.”

Let’s step back from this dystopian scenario a moment and come at this from a different angle.

What’s the purpose of this video?  To prepare the US population for its likely future?  Or to scare American citizens with a vision of an unlikely future in order to change laws so the Army can be ordered into law-enforcement work, not so much to catch foreign terrorists as to control the population?

As uncomfortable as it might be to consider possible motives, these are are questions worth asking.

Source:  The Intercept



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