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Beam This Guy To Jail

Meet Keith Alexander. He’s the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) – the taxpayer-funded entity which is currently monitoring, saving and storing all of your digital communication as part of its Orwellian domestic spy program. “Collect it all” is Alexander’s motto, and his agency is building a super-data storage…

Meet Keith Alexander. He’s the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) – the taxpayer-funded entity which is currently monitoring, saving and storing all of your digital communication as part of its Orwellian domestic spy program.

“Collect it all” is Alexander’s motto, and his agency is building a super-data storage facility in Utah which will do precisely that. He’s been described (most recently in this Foreign Policy article) as a “cowboy” who plays fast and loose with the constitution as part of his”all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.”

Prior to becoming America’s Snooper-In-Chief, Alexander was in charge of intelligence for the U.S. Army. In that role, he spent God only knows how many tax dollars on a spy center which he had Hollywood set experts model after Star Trek’s USS Enterprise.

“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,” the Foreign Policy report notes. “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.”

Reporter Glenn Greenwald of The (U.K.) Guardian has uncovered images of this “Information Dominance Center,” a 10,740-square foot facility which its designers boasted was “a highly classified, ultramodern operations center.”

“The futuristic, yet distinctly military, setting is further reinforced by the Commander’s console, which gives the illusion that one has boarded a star ship,” a brochure from the facility’s designers noted.

Take a look …

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Pics: The (U.K.) Guardian

Greenwald’s conclusion?

“Any casual review of human history proves how deeply irrational it is to believe that powerful factions can be trusted to exercise vast surveillance power with little accountability or transparency,” he writes. “But the more they proudly flaunt their warped imperial hubris, the more irrational it becomes.”

Spock couldn’t have said it better himself …

Keith Alexander and his fellow domestic spies are spending billions of dollars each year on blatantly unconstitutional domestic surveillance – while their civilian bosses lie to the American people about what they are doing.

He should be in jail now … not blowing our money on Star Trek fantasies.

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27 comments

? September 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

I’ll bet that chair in the center of everything is for the “Captain”, the man in control…and I’ll be that Alexander fancies himself that man.

More proof that those in gov’t are mostly megalomaniacs.

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Philip Branton September 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

Having all the info is one thing…..knowing how to ACT and counter on a battlefield is a horse of a deceptive color….

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CNSYD September 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

“barely-legal”, “blatantly unconstitutional” Which is it? It can’t be both. BTW “barely legal” is like barely pregnant.

How many dollars were misappropriated? Were any of the systems constructed that had not been authorized by Congress and approved by the President?

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Smirks September 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

Just because the Constitution isn’t being enforced via stopping the NSA does not make what the NSA is doing constitutional. In fact, the only reason it is “barely legal” is because the judicial branch has been manipulated in such a way that it won’t question these programs, and even if it did, the executive branch is ready with a myriad of legal defenses and “justifications” for these abuses.

The funny (read: sad) thing is, even if the judicial branch challenged these programs AND struck them down, no one would go to jail, and the programs would likely be moved out of the public spotlight and back into secrecy.

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jimlewisowb September 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

Even though Alexander has all the “toys” he still crawls in bed every night knowing that George Patton beat the crap out of the Germans while riding in an open jeep armed with a couple of ivory handled Colt 45 peacemakers

Alexander will die, be buried at some military cemetery, get a small American flag stuck on his grave once a year and become the conversataion of bar patrons, “hey anyone know where that piece of shit Alexander is buried, I would like to go piss on his grave”

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For the good of ...? September 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

Bet Star Trek isn’t the only fantasy this ego-maniac, “the rules don’t apply to me” gonzo is harboring. Scratch the surface and I’m sure you will find all sorts of goodies on this guy. Haven’t we seen this all before and all too recently?

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Anon. September 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

FASCIST PRICK!

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Gregory Geddings September 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

I am somehow reminded of the Star Trek episode…”The Trouble With Tribbles”

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Smirks September 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

Can you imagine the interrogation rooms?

“Tell me, how many lights do you see?”

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The Colonel September 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

Wow, just wow. When did the wheels fall off our wagon. Omar Bradley led the breakout from Normandy to the capture Berlin from a trailer towed behind a deuce and a half. Patton had a map board in his staff car.

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Bill September 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Yea, well Patton also believed he was the reincarnation of Hannibal. So I guess he just had a less expensive fantasy. I would have gone with a Death Star theme, myself. More imposing. Not to mention the great Darth Vader outfit he could have borrowed from Dick Cheney.

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Bill September 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Of Carthage, not Lecter.

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The Colonel September 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Patton and about 30,000,000 other goofballs, er Americans believe in reincarnation so maybe that’s not all that odd. The megalomaniacal behavior that leads people to build “edifices” like the “Information Domination” center isn’t odd, it’s down right dangerous.

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? September 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I just learned that not only did he pay for a Hollywood set designer to design this monstrosity, he spent money on a 22 foot flat screen and actually paid to have the door to it open with an accompanying “whoosh” sound like in Star Trek….

Our money and his job are one big game to this sicko.

It’s amazing sad to think that the set designer, architects, carpenters, and various levels of bureaucracy all helped to build/fund this abortion without once protesting or thinking “maybe we shouldn’t do this”.

Just “following orders”.

? September 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

amazingly

Khan September 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

The captain’s chair doesn’t swivel? He got gypped!

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AnnieWho September 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so scary. Sounds like a bad satirical movie. Mindblowing.

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Philip Branton September 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Sit back and think for a moment……how would the World Distribution Center for Coke or Proctor and Gamble be any different. How about Amazon…? Gene Rodenberry was not STUPID and neither was Walt Disney. Question is……how does Wil Folks network administration of FITSNEWS look the same. Does Wil Folks know how to use his “Chair” to talk to the “editor of the Post and Courier Romulan”..? Should Wil Folks be “beamed” to jail by his investors or “sponsors” for not setting up a Fitsnews COMMAND center..?

Matter of fact…..how are concerned readers supposed to help keep Wil Folks from being sent to “Deep Space 69”..?

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Original Good Old Boy September 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

What the hell are you trying to say?

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Philip Branton September 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Well…..Original Good Old Boy………I do believe that if Bo and Luke Duke were to read my comment and ask Grandpa Duke what I was trying to say; that Old Grandpa would smile and wink and tell the Boys that I was trying to get them to THINK like Boss Hog..!! If your going to beat Boss Hogg, should you not try to THINK like him for a while..!?

Ya know “Boy”…….Mr WIl Folks would really appreciate it if you would offer your sound advice about his website “Command Center” ..!!

You mean something to this website’s advertisers and Wil Needs to know your thoughts so he can negotiate better with his sponsors and ad clients..!!

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DrugsRBaaad September 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Coke, Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, Gene Roddenberry, Walt Disney followed by Dukes of Hazzard.

Um…huh???

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Original Good Old Boy September 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Never mind. I shouldn’t have asked. The answer was even more confusing.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

It’s Uncle Jesse, not “Grandpa Duke”.

Accuracy, son, accuracy….

Besides, I don’t think Good Old Boy was meanin’ no harm.

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Philip Branton September 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Tonto……..you observed the “Lone Ranger deceptive Info”…….YOU get a gold star on my board game….BRAVO….BRAVO (clap, clap,clap)

Tonto…..has the makings of a “Beautiful Mind”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdjNeFh6zw

Tonto….we mean no harm…… :)

? September 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Do you ask mentally ill people on the street to explain their ramblings?

:)

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flyfish September 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

I know this guy and can tell you he is a citizen warrior. Most of us make assumptions about what we think is going on with no idea of the real issues that are at hand. Clearly it is important to keep a watchful eye on our government and equally important to express divergent views.

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Lowcorider September 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

What!! The hell you say!!! The NSA is taxpayer funded!! Next thing you’ll be telling me my beloved Corps is taxpayer funded!!! Son of a bitch!!!!!

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