Monday, September 16, 2013
General Alexander's Scary Star Trek Fantasy
He is the man most responsible for taking the surveillance state into a new and even more sinister Orwellian age.
The General who while working in Iraq decided that instead of just monitoring terrorists and suspects he should monitor EVERYONE. And as the head of the National Security Agency is now doing the same to us.
But who knew that Keith Alexander had turned his Information Dominance Center into a Star Trek fantasy?
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.
Where he got to play Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on the bridge on the Enterprise.
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."
It really is incredible and deeply disturbing. If Stanley Kubrick had included a character like Gen. Alexander in Dr Strangelove they wouldn't have believed him.
And Glenn Greenwald is right to wonder what this says about the mind of Alexander, and what it says about those running the surveillance state.
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. But the more they proudly flaunt their warped imperial hubris, the more irrational it becomes.
Just like we should all wonder to what dark universe would these information control warriors take us?
And of course, wonder what's happening in Canada...
Because anybody who thinks that in a country run by a deranged control freak the same kind of thing isn't happening here.
Critics are urging the Harper government to lift the veil that shrouds Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency in the wake of an watchdog's report that suggests ordinary Canadians may have been illegally spied on.
Must be living in a fantasy world like Keith Alexander.
Yup. They would watch us to control us.
But who is watching HIM?
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