Soon to a City Near You: The U.S. Military’s
Plan to Take Over America
By John W.
and past strategies can no longer hold. 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. The future army will confront a highly
sophisticated urban-centric threat that will
require that urban operations become the
core requirement for the future land-force.
The threat is clear. Our direction remains
to be defined. The future is urban.”— “Megacities:
Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,”
a Pentagon training video created by the
Army for U.S. Special Operations Command
February 18, 2017 "Information
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U.S. military plans to take over America by
this is not another conspiracy theory. Although
it easily could be.
it a Hollywood political thriller in the vein of
John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller Seven
Days in May about a military coup
Although it certainly has all the makings of a
this is the real deal, coming at us straight
from the horse’s mouth.
According to “Megacities:
Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,”
Pentagon training video created by the Army for
U.S. Special Operations Command,
the U.S. military plans to use armed forces to
solve future domestic political and social
they’re really talking about is martial law,
packaged as a well-meaning and overriding
concern for the nation’s security.
The chilling five-minute training video,
obtained by The Intercept through a
FOIA request and made available
an ominous picture of the future—a future
the military is preparing for—bedeviled by
“criminal networks,” “substandard
infrastructure,” “religious and ethnic
tensions,” “impoverishment, slums,” “open
landfills, over-burdened sewers,” a “growing
mass of unemployed,” and an urban landscape in
which the prosperous economic elite must be
protected from the impoverishment of the have
then comes the kicker.
Three-and-a-half minutes into the
Pentagon’s dystopian vision
of “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,” the ominous voice of the
narrator speaks of a need to “drain the swamps.”
Drain the swamps.
we’ve heard that phrase before?
Emblazoned on t-shirts and signs, shouted at
rallies, and used as a rallying cry among Trump
supporters, “drain the swamp” became one of
Donald Trump’s most-used campaign slogans, along
with “build the wall” and “lock her up.”
how quickly the tides can shift and the tables
Whereas Trump promised to
drain the politically corrupt swamps of
of lobbyists and special interest groups, the
U.S. military is plotting to
drain the swamps of futuristic urban American
“noncombatants and engage the remaining
adversaries in high intensity conflict within.”
are these noncombatants, a military term that
refers to civilians who are not engaged
are, according to the Pentagon, “adversaries.”
are the “enemy.”
are people who don’t support the government,
people who live in fast-growing urban
communities, people who may be less well-off
economically than the government and corporate
elite, people who engage in protests, people who
are unemployed, people who engage in crime (in
keeping with the government’s fast-growing,
overly broad definition of what constitutes a
other words, in the eyes of the U.S. military,
noncombatants are American citizens a.k.a.
domestic extremists a.k.a. enemy combatants who
must be identified, targeted, detained,
contained and, if necessary, eliminated.
to Battlefield America.
future imagined by the Pentagon, any walls and
prisons that are built will be used to protect
the societal elite—the haves—from the have-nots.
Suddenly it all begins to make sense.
events of recent years: the invasive
surveillance, the extremism reports, the civil
unrest, the protests, the shootings, the
bombings, the military exercises and active
shooter drills, the color-coded alerts and
threat assessments, the fusion centers, the
transformation of local police into extensions
of the military, the distribution of military
equipment and weapons to local police forces,
the government databases containing the names of
dissidents and potential troublemakers.
This is how you prepare a populace to accept a
police state willingly, even gratefully.
don’t scare them by making dramatic changes.
Rather, you acclimate them slowly to their
prison walls. Persuade the citizenry that their
prison walls are merely intended to keep them
safe and danger out.
Desensitize them to violence, acclimate them to
a military presence in their communities and
persuade them that there is nothing they can do
to alter the seemingly hopeless trajectory of
long, no one will even notice the floundering
economy, the blowback arising from military
occupations abroad, the police shootings, the
nation’s deteriorating infrastructure and all of
the other mounting concerns.
The sight of police clad in body armor and gas
masks, wielding semiautomatic rifles and
escorting an armored vehicle through a crowded
street, a scene likened to “a
military patrol through a hostile city,”
no longer causes alarm among the general
Few seem to care about the government’s endless
wars abroad that leave communities shattered,
families devastated and our national security at
greater risk of blowback. Indeed, there were no
protests in the streets after U.S. military
forces raided a compound in Yemen, killing “at
least eight women and seven children, ages 3 to
tactics are working.
We’ve allowed ourselves to be acclimated to the
occasional lockdown of government buildings,
military drills in small towns so that special
operations forces can get “realistic
in “hostile” territory, and Live
Active Shooter Drill training
exercises, carried out at schools, in shopping
malls, and on public transit, which can and do
fool law enforcement officials, students,
teachers and bystanders into thinking it’s a
you can’t say we weren’t warned.
2008, an Army War College
report revealed that “widespread civil violence
inside the United States would force the defense
establishment to reorient priorities in extremis
to defend basic domestic order and human
security.” The 44-page report went on to warn
that potential causes for such civil unrest
could include another terrorist attack,
“unforeseen economic collapse,
loss of functioning political and legal order,
purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency,
pervasive public health emergencies, and
catastrophic natural and human disasters.”
In 2009, reports by the Department of Homeland
Security surfaced that labelled
right-wing and left-wing activists and military
extremists (a.k.a. terrorists) and called on the
government to subject such targeted individuals
to full-fledged pre-crime surveillance. Almost a
decade later, after spending billions to fight
terrorism, the DHS concluded that the
greater threat is not ISIS
but domestic right-wing extremism.
government has been amassing an arsenal of
military weapons for use domestically
and equipping and training their “troops” for
war. Even government agencies with largely
administrative functions such as the Food and
Drug Administration, Department of Veterans
Affairs, and the Smithsonian have been acquiring
body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon
launchers and police firearms and ammunition. In
fact, there are now at least
120,000 armed federal agents carrying such
possess the power to arrest.
Rounding out this profit-driven campaign to turn
American citizens into enemy combatants (and
America into a battlefield) is a technology
sector that has been colluding with the
government to create a Big Brother that is
all-knowing, all-seeing and inescapable.
It’s not just the drones,
license plate readers, stingray devices and the
NSA that you have to worry about. You’re also
being tracked by the
black boxes in your cars,
your cell phone, smart devices in your home,
grocery loyalty cards, social media accounts,
credit cards, streaming services such as
Netflix, Amazon, and e-book reader accounts.
this has taken place right under our noses,
funded with our taxpayer dollars and carried out
in broad daylight without so much as a general
outcry from the citizenry.
astounding how convenient we’ve made it for the
government to lock down the nation.
exactly is the government preparing for?
you, by “government,” I’m not referring to the
highly partisan, two-party bureaucracy of the
Republicans and Democrats.
referring to “government” with a capital “G,”
the entrenched Deep State that is unaffected by
elections, unaltered by populist movements, and
has set itself beyond the reach of the law.
referring to the corporatized, militarized,
entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational
and staffed by unelected officials who are, in
essence, running the country and calling the
shots in Washington DC, no matter who sits in
the White House.
This is the hidden face of a government that has
no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.
the government preparing for? You tell me.
Better yet, take a look at the
Pentagon’s training video.
only five minutes long, but it says a lot about
the government’s mindset, the way its views the
citizenry, and the so-called “problems” that the
military must be prepared to address in the near
future. Even more troubling, however, is what
this military video doesn’t say about the
Constitution, about the rights of the citizenry,
and about the dangers of using the military to
address political and social problems.
future is here.
already witnessing a breakdown of society on
virtually every front.
waging endless wars abroad, by bringing the
instruments of war home, by transforming police
into extensions of the military, by turning a
free society into a suspect society, by treating
American citizens like enemy combatants, by
discouraging and criminalizing a free exchange
of ideas, by making violence its calling card
through SWAT team raids and militarized police,
by fomenting division and strife among the
citizenry, by acclimating the citizenry to the
sights and sounds of war, and by generally
making peaceful revolution all but impossible,
the government has engineered an environment in
which domestic violence has become almost
warned: in the future envisioned by the
military, we will not be viewed as Republicans
or Democrats. Rather, “we the people” will be
enemies of the state.
As I make clear in my book,
Battlefield America: The War on the American
we’re already enemies of the state.
For years, the government has been warning
dangers of domestic terrorism,
to monitor its own citizens, creating
to label any viewpoints that challenge the
status quo as extremist, and
training law enforcement agencies
to equate anyone possessing anti-government
views as a domestic terrorist. What the
government failed to explain was that the
domestic terrorists would be of the government’s
own making, whether intentional or not.
people” have become enemy #1.
attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder
and president of The
His new book Battlefield
America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks,
2015) is available online at www.amazon.com.
Whitehead can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future
for World’s Biggest Cities
Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a video
created by the Army and used at the Pentagon’s
Joint Special Operations University.