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NSA director modeled top secret war room to look like the bridge of Star Trek's Enterprise
Mail Online ^ | 15 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 09/15/2013 2:23:51 PM PDT by Irenic

NSA director modeled top secret war room to look like the bridge of Star Trek's Enterprise

As head of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command, Keith Alexander gave orders from the odd room designed with tax dollars

Alexander now heads the embroiled NSA

The director of one of America’s largest spy agencies is catching flack for once working from a war room built with American tax dollars to mimic a fantastical space ship.

Keith Alexander heads up the National Security Agency and in addition to a lot on controversial revelations about his organization, a recent profile of the top spy says that when he ran the Army's Intelligence and Security Command, it was from the captain’s chair of the starship USS Enterprise.

Specifically, from the Enterprise of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. And the eccentric director known as ‘a cowboy’ reportedly used the odd room to woo lawmakers and other important officials who coveted the chance to play captain.

Designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the famous ship’s bridge, Alexander’s base of operations in the Fairfax County, Virginia Army base was ‘complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall,’ according to the profile.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: beammeup; hesdeadjim; nsa; startrek; sttng; watse
This sickens me. I cannot believe this. Stunning, just stunning.
1 posted on 09/15/2013 2:23:51 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Irenic

This makes it sound like he takes his job seriously... NOT!


2 posted on 09/15/2013 2:25:44 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Our own tax dollars used to spy on us by NSA nerds


3 posted on 09/15/2013 2:28:25 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Irenic

But did he have a Klingon security chief behind him, and a sexy mind-slut sitting at his side?


4 posted on 09/15/2013 2:29:08 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Irenic

When I was with INSCOM, it was run by adults.


5 posted on 09/15/2013 2:31:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: Irenic

6 posted on 09/15/2013 2:31:18 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Irenic

When will the adults be in charge again?


7 posted on 09/15/2013 2:31:34 PM PDT by lula (Shine the light of truth Lord, confound the deceiver I pray...AMEN!)
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To: Irenic

Great place to read all that ... LOVEINT.


8 posted on 09/15/2013 2:32:31 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Irenic

Agreed...the lack of respect for taxpayers’ money is simply amazing.


9 posted on 09/15/2013 2:33:35 PM PDT by DJlaysitup
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To: Irenic

Beam me out of this.........


10 posted on 09/15/2013 2:34:53 PM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW, PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN,CHANGE I BELIEVE IN)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

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11 posted on 09/15/2013 2:35:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: jsanders2001

Are you calling ME a nerd?


12 posted on 09/15/2013 2:36:46 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Irenic

i think he needs to either reimburse taxpayers or go to prison for theft.
govt employees think our tax dollars belong to them.


13 posted on 09/15/2013 2:37:12 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: lula
When will the adults be in charge again

Never.

The adults are now creeping on 70 years old and libertarian.

14 posted on 09/15/2013 2:38:23 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Irenic

Welcome to the Liberal Land of Insanity, ya think?


15 posted on 09/15/2013 2:40:48 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Pearls Before Swine

These people think they are kings. They fleece us and create little kingdoms to satisfy their wildest dreams. One hundred million dollar vacations for the President and his family, Star Trek sets to satisfy fantasies, special needs for their rides on jets (Pelosi), sixteen dollar muffins—on and on and on!

They all act like they are damn royalty! And now they want to treat congressional aides special— different than the citizens they burden with their crony bunk. They all line their pockets (or a family members) during or directly after holding office. Hell, half of them write books in office! Makee me SICK!

Most of our Generals go around hobnobbing at parties and such, clinking glasses with the ‘intellectuals’ (getting their creds for their books) and being just about anything but a good leader. Look at Petraeus and Gen. John Allen. It is sick. Our government is sick and corrupt!

I’m outraged...outraged....gah!


16 posted on 09/15/2013 2:42:20 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

Eisenhower:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."

17 posted on 09/15/2013 2:50:24 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Irenic

To goldly blow.


18 posted on 09/15/2013 2:52:11 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I don’t see anybody up there on the Hill representing the taxpayer and trying to stop this nonsense. Where are the lawmakers trying to rein this in?

Nope, they spend like thieves and want to cut our military pay, military equipment— that of which is vital to our security as a nation. But check their foolish spending. Oh hell no.

When this country is overtaken and in ruins, they can show off this Star Trek room and shake their heads at the foolishness and excesses that brought about our downfall.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 2:56:12 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

Warp 9


20 posted on 09/15/2013 3:04:49 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Irenic

I see it a bit differently. Yes, it is juvenile and probably unprofessional. And I am not condoning it. But it was also designed by the person who was going to use it instead of some faceless contractor the government hired who would have brought the project in years late, over budget and not what was asked for in the first place.

In addition, it becomes a showplace instead of a cold room with some non descript office. People went there, liked what they saw which meant funding for the department.

Several years back, when I was promoted and given my new office in Manhatan, the big boss said, “here is your office and here is your budget to furnish it. You can do anything you want, as long as it is PC. And keep in mind I hate the Yankees.”


21 posted on 09/15/2013 3:21:32 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: Irenic
To switch genres a minute, within the SciFi universe... Cute couple


22 posted on 09/15/2013 3:29:09 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

The thieving bum should be transported to prison. What jerk! OPM (other peoples’ money), I guess.


23 posted on 09/15/2013 3:33:05 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Vaquero

The thieving bum should be transported to prison. What jerk! OPM (other peoples’ money), I guess.


24 posted on 09/15/2013 3:33:05 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Vaquero

hahahaha! Thanks...


25 posted on 09/15/2013 3:50:23 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

Air Force Space Command at Falcon AFB did the same thing in that 1980s. It actually makes operational sense to do it this way. Gene Rodenbury was an absolute genius at this stuff!


26 posted on 09/15/2013 4:08:47 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: Irenic

Time for We The People to go to DC?


27 posted on 09/15/2013 4:29:30 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Irenic
NSA director modeled top secret war room to look like the bridge of Star Trek's Enterprise

GET A LIFE!

28 posted on 09/15/2013 5:34:20 PM PDT by shego
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To: Diogenesis
Great place to read all that ... LOVEINT.

He probably has a room made up just like Kirk's quarters for that.

29 posted on 09/15/2013 5:35:48 PM PDT by shego
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To: Irenic

We’ve become a satire of ourselves.


30 posted on 09/15/2013 5:47:08 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: exPBRrat

Boldly going...


31 posted on 09/15/2013 5:55:31 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Irenic

Your tax dollars at work, folks...


32 posted on 09/15/2013 5:58:24 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: lula

Post of the Day!


33 posted on 09/15/2013 8:21:29 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Vaquero

This is an insult to Chewbacca.


34 posted on 09/15/2013 8:23:19 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Irenic

“‘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.’

all the officials who thought this was cool and not stealing from taxpayers need to be recalled, impeached, whatever. If they are so morally jaded that they can’t tell right from wrong they are not fit to serve.


35 posted on 09/16/2013 4:23:22 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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