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NSA director modeled war room after Star Trek's Enterprise
PBS News Hour ^ | 9/13/2013

Posted on 09/13/2013 5:24:55 PM PDT by markomalley

Congressional leaders already have a lot of power, but do they secretly want to captain the USS Enterprise? In an in-depth profile of NSA Director Keith B. Alexander, Foreign Policy reveals that one of the ways the general endeared himself to lawmakers and officials was to make them feel like Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the starship Enterprise from the TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"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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I'd think after the IRS debaucle last spring, they'd know better.

I guess I was wrong.

1 posted on 09/13/2013 5:24:55 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I’d like to see pictures of that room.


2 posted on 09/13/2013 5:26:10 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: markomalley

Fantasy is their medium of infinitization...


3 posted on 09/13/2013 5:26:18 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: markomalley

I’d like to see pictures of that room.


4 posted on 09/13/2013 5:27:00 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: markomalley

This is why so many general officers are regarded as jokes. This is what they do with their authority.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 5:28:12 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: markomalley

Wonder how much it set the taxpayers back.
We’ll never get to play with that set.


6 posted on 09/13/2013 5:31:14 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: markomalley

7 posted on 09/13/2013 5:32:02 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: markomalley

8 posted on 09/13/2013 5:32:39 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: markomalley

Truth is, the Star Trek set designers are probably more competent than anyone in the NSA...


9 posted on 09/13/2013 5:36:54 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: garjog
Ferengi,... most surely.
10 posted on 09/13/2013 5:40:31 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: markomalley

Picard......that makes sense.


11 posted on 09/13/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT by svcw (We do not fear death, as much as we fear no one will remember us.)
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To: markomalley

Beige Naugahyde?


12 posted on 09/13/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Future Snake Eater

Think about it. He’s the commander of Cyber Command - the name based on a term popularized by a draft dodger. (1)

1. See William GIbson


13 posted on 09/13/2013 6:09:11 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Sybeck1; JoeProBono; Salamander; Slings and Arrows
How many Naugas (and Nauga Babies)
Had to die?

Oh! The Naugamanity!


14 posted on 09/13/2013 6:10:52 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: markomalley
Picard & Riker Double Facepalm photo: Double face palm facepalm_picard_riker.jpg

Words fail me also.

15 posted on 09/13/2013 6:10:53 PM PDT by W. (Still workin' on it. Yet...)
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To: Jonty30

"But they'll see the Big Board!"

16 posted on 09/13/2013 6:11:37 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: Henry Hnyellar

It said he was the CG of INSCOM, not ARCYBER.


17 posted on 09/13/2013 6:19:05 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: markomalley

Which Star Trek ? They keep changing the darn set.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 6:21:14 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (I think Obama and crew feel that time is being wasted and that we need to get the jump on Russian sh)
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To: shibumi

19 posted on 09/13/2013 6:23:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Future Snake Eater

He was Commander INSCOM about 5 years ago. Present day, he’s the head of NSA and Commander CYBERCOM.


20 posted on 09/13/2013 6:25:39 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: markomalley

Scotty, I need more wiretaps!

21 posted on 09/13/2013 6:28:19 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: markomalley

bfl

We’re probably all going into a special file for posting on this thread. Assume we were already in *A* file just for being on Free Republic.


22 posted on 09/13/2013 6:31:00 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: markomalley

Great, so we have to shell out big buck so some ego maniac can get his geek on?! Terrific.


23 posted on 09/13/2013 6:32:57 PM PDT by The Louiswu (One brave man, that's all we need.)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks for the ping, but I don’t see anything. Your pic hasn’t displayed, no red X, no nuttin.


24 posted on 09/13/2013 6:37:41 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: markomalley

I remember the day when the NSA came on campus and met with several of us computer geeks. I’d have been impressed by a photo of a room such as described here... might have signed on with them.


25 posted on 09/13/2013 6:58:07 PM PDT by Bobalu (Bobo the Wonder Marxist leads Operation Rodeo Clown against Syria)
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To: shibumi

26 posted on 09/13/2013 7:05:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Jonty30

From a PBS documentary.

27 posted on 09/13/2013 7:09:48 PM PDT by Bobalu (Bobo the Wonder Marxist leads Operation Rodeo Clown against Syria)
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To: JoeProBono
Kewl!

(and stolen)

28 posted on 09/13/2013 7:18:46 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Jonty30

Pictures (with the lights on) here:

http://helablog.com/2013/09/congress-plays-star-trek-replica-enterprise-bridge-used-to-sell-surveillance/


29 posted on 09/13/2013 7:25:40 PM PDT by KitJ (Shall not be infringed)
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To: The Louiswu

Yup....playing Star Trek with our tax money.


30 posted on 09/13/2013 7:36:30 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: markomalley
Satire and reality are indistinguishable in the Obama era.
31 posted on 09/13/2013 8:14:47 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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To: svcw
Yeah, Picard...the starship captain who can't command without having his first officer and psychologist sitting in chairs right next to him.


32 posted on 09/14/2013 5:26:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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(will apologies to William Shatner)
Captain James T. Kirk I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am demotivational poster

33 posted on 09/15/2013 2:41:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Bobalu

Looks like someplace you’d trade stock or cattle futures.


34 posted on 09/15/2013 3:14:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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