What do they Know? Pentagon Releases Ominous Video Warning of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future
October 14, 2016
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.