Report reveals NSA director Keith Alexander replicated a war room after Star Trek's Starship Enterprise

One of the NSA's meeting rooms could have looked like this.

Leaked documents suggest the NSA could have a replica facility of the iconic Bridge of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek.  

A Foreign Policy investigation into NSA director Keith Alexander has exposed his former Fort Belvoir facility, which had a war room designed to mimic the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek.

During a tour of the facility, Alexander allegedly showed his colleagues the Information Dominance Centre, custom built by a Hollywood set designer to replicate the iconic sci-fi setting. The area reportedly came complete with “chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall”, and even doors that made a "whoosh" sound when they open and closed.        

His colleagues, made up of high ranking lawmakers and important officials, were allegedly impressed by the scene and took turns sitting in the “captain’s chair”, while Alexander passionately "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.

"Live long and prosper". If only the same could be said about NSA's policies.

The report also reveals an unusual side to Alexander, and his fondness of corny jokes and puns. The director, who has held the top position since 2005, also loves to play golf, pool and Bejeweled Blitz, where he often scores over 1 million points. Next time you are overcome with fear that the NSA might be monitoring you, one can be somewhat reassured as it may have been done within the confines of a truly memorable setting.

Source: Foreign Policy | Images: Astronaut, Wikia

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This is so unbelievably believable that is surreally scary and I'm glad I had a few beers already before reading.

I am somewhat speechless.
I know deep down inside it could be real but "please god, don't let that weirdo down the street be sitting in the Captain's chair thinking he's fighting the Thalareans".

Just, pleaaaaaseeee god.

Is this guy for real. What's next a holodeck. What a waste of budget money. Or was this paid for out of the pockets of hard working tax payers.

THIS my friends, another example why the U.S. government is out of control, and needs to be replaced. A constitutional convention is NEEDED!

first was IRS. now the NSA. what. no freakin' star wars fans in the u.s. government?

i am rooting to see the millennium falcon parked at the whitehouse lawn instead of that puny helicopter. lol.

The NSA isn't bat s**t crazy out of control. This is all being blown out of proportion. Most heads of government agencies, cabinet members, and even many lawmakers have something like this.

Janet Reno had a war room she called the "Dominance of Justice Palace of Submission", which was a perfect rendition of the lair of Jabba the Hut from Star Wars Episode V, complete with an animatronic Jabba the Hut.

John Boehner has a perfect recreation of Munchkin Town, from the Wizard of Oz, featuring Dorothy's house right at the moment it landed on the Wicked Witch of the East. He often sits next the wrinkled feet of the old witch and weeps uncontrollably.

Edited by thomastmc, Sep 11 2013, 7:11am :

Ha, funny joke... But everyone knows Janet Reno had a Princess Leigh outfit, specially tailored by Victoria's Secret, that she wore in there on special occasions.

Bill Clinton used to dress up like one of Jabba's guards, that looked like a Moblin from Legend of Zelda, and get punished by Reno/Leigh for being a very bad boy.

Government waste has been going on since... forever. Every country's government wastes money in one way or another.

In his defense, I assume this was paid with his salary rather than something officially sponsored. This touches on the interesting subject of whether government employees should be able to buy whatever they wish for their salary, or if they should be more limited here than the masses since they are ultimately paid by taxes.

Northgrove said,
In his defense, I assume this was paid with his salary rather than something officially sponsored. This touches on the interesting subject of whether government employees should be able to buy whatever they wish for their salary, or if they should be more limited here than the masses since they are ultimately paid by taxes.

Why should anyone (other than the person earning it) have a say in what a person does his/her salary? That's just beyond stupid.

Northgrove said,
In his defense, I assume this was paid with his salary rather than something officially sponsored. This touches on the interesting subject of whether government employees should be able to buy whatever they wish for their salary, or if they should be more limited here than the masses since they are ultimately paid by taxes.

SharpGreen said,

Why should anyone (other than the person earning it) have a say in what a person does his/her salary? That's just beyond stupid.

Do they let you use your own money to radically augment a room in an army installation like Fort Belvoir (belvoir.army.mil)? I don't think so.

If it was in his home, or on his personal property, it would be a good assumption that he used his own money, but not on an Army military base. Besides, that's a lot of money to spend on something on someone else's property that you're only going to use for a limited time and will eventually be destroyed.

Does it say anywhere that he used his personal funds? If so, where?

stevember said,

You think a private business doesn't waste same percentage!

Brilliant. You should apply, the government apparently needs more mental giants like yourself.