**A Post by Maynard, Set On Stun**

I thought this was a joke. An Onion thing. Apparently it’s not. This lunatic modeled his “Information Dominance Center” on Star Trek. And I don’t mean a couple of cute trophies. This is major architecture. How much did this all cost? I still can’t quite believe this is real. It can’t be real. Can it? Someone please tell me I’ve been punked. Please.

Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander
A lavish Star Trek room he had built as part of his ‘Information Dominance Center’ is endlessly revealing

It has been previously reported that the mentality of NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is captured by his motto “Collect it All”. It’s a get-everything approach he pioneered first when aimed at an enemy population in the middle of a war zone in Iraq, one he has now imported onto US soil, aimed at the domestic population and everyone else.

But a perhaps even more disturbing and revealing vignette into the spy chief’s mind comes from a new Foreign Policy article describing what the journal calls his “all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine”. The article describes how even his NSA peers see him as a “cowboy” willing to play fast and loose with legal limits in order to construct a system of ubiquitous surveillance. But the personality driving all of this – not just Alexander’s but much of Washington’s – is perhaps best captured by this one passage, highlighted by PBS’ News Hour in a post entitled: “NSA director modeled war room after Star Trek’s Enterprise”. The room was christened as part of the “Information Dominance Center”:

When he was running the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, Alexander brought many of his future allies down to Fort Belvoir for a tour of his base of operations, a facility known as the Information Dominance Center. It had been designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the bridge of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek, complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and doors that made a ‘whoosh’ sound when they slid open and closed. Lawmakers and other important officials took turns sitting in a leather ‘captain’s chair’ in the center of the room and watched as Alexander, a lover of science-fiction movies, showed off his data tools on the big screen.

“‘Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard,’ says a retired officer in charge of VIP visits.”

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  1. ancientwrrior says:

    People with delusions of grandeur and unlimited power to do as they wish. To top it off, all paid with money from the people without our willing consent.

  2. Alain41 says:

    Americans’ Freedom: The Final Frontier. This is the inner sanctum of the Information Dominance Center. Its 8 year mission: to boldly spy where no man has spied before.

    This out of control inanity is why so many citizens want the military cut. How can one argue for more military resources when we the people can point to nonsense ego fantasy extravagance like this. Above doesn’t say when this was built, if during Obama admin., I’m sure he doesn’t care if there is a public outcry over ego extravagance. If during Bush, shame on them for lack of oversight.

    Contrast with soldiers losing hot meals and Walter Reed wanting to close down the convenient cafeteria for injured soldiers. Our recent military ‘leadership’ is a disgraceful far cry from Patton.

  3. strider says:

    When they fire up the big wall mounted TV it will be Putin, bare chested wearing shades on horseback with another message. The idea of storing everything flowing across the Internet and pawing through it fits the fantasy though – the captain in the big chair will save Earth and enter it in the log. Why would anyone intent on harm be using the Internet? Maybe the IRS could use the dominance center.

  4. Dr. H says:

    Rats! They forgot to build a Transporter platform. Then we could “beam” all the politicians and bureaucrats to the sun.

  5. Dave says:

    Another damned dictator except this one is like Khan.

  6. robscaffe says:

    We are all doomed…..

  7. strider says:

    Well … we have to shut down the government to find out which components are useless and worse than useless and should be removed.

  8. Irishbrewer says:

    Maynard, or Tammy please go to my Face Book page, Cousin Kim (Maj. Regan Smith) has an inside perspective on your post…. Thanks…

  9. Alain41 says:

    And in classic 1975 song news: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/asia/story/giant-yellow-duck-now-taiwan-typhoon-could-ruffle-its-feathers-20130919

    Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the rubber duck….looks like we got us a convoy…

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