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U.S. Army Intelligence’s Star Trek Inspired “Information Dominance Center”

In Archive, NSA, Surveillance, Technology on September 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Shane Harris/ForeignPolicy:

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.

Glenn Greenwald/Guardian:

On the website of DBI Architects, Inc. of Washington and Reston, Virginia, there are what purports to be photographs of the actual Star-Trek-like headquarters commissioned by Gen. Alexander that so impressed his Congressional overseers. It’s a 10,740 square foot labyrinth in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The brochure touts how “the prominently positioned chair provides the commanding officer an uninterrupted field of vision to a 22′-0″ wide projection screen.”

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If the intelligence community and lawmakers like Star Trek so much, maybe they should listen to what Captain Jean-Luc Picard had to say about truth:

  1. The PDF link is dead for http://www.dbia.com/projectpage/LIWA.pdf Can you upload the original PDF file?

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  2. It’s not Star Trek, I know, but when will this traitor to the Constitution be fitted with a black-on-black helmet, gloves, and a sweeping black cloak?

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  3. WOW! AND THEY CANT PAY A LIVING WAGE TO THE “REAL WARFIGHTERS” TAKE PROPER CARE OF THE VETS, FIELD A PROPER FORCE, OR DO MOST OF THE REAL MILITARY THINGS WE NEED TO DO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INSTEAD WE GET CRAP LIKE THIS STUFF! WHAT A SAD JOKE BARACK INSANE OBOMBER HAS MADE OF US!

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