Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NSA Run By a Trekkie

In case you’ve missed it, Glenn Greenwald reported on how NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is huge Trekkie:

"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."

I don’t know about you, but this mentality coming from a man who is quite possibly one of the most powerful men in the world is quite frightening.

I loved Star Trek growing up.  But as I got older, I realized just how unrealistic the Star Trek world was.  It is clearly a future version of Utopia and demonstrates the kind of world the Utopians seek to create.  Keith Alexander seems to share this mentality and is living out his dream.

The main problem I have with a Trekkie running the NSA is that they tend to be Leftists Gamma males who inevitably demonstrate authoritarian tendencies.  This is because the Utopian dream is always brought about through authoritarian means.

The Utopian always does this because anyone who disagrees with him or her must be insane and murdering such a person is for their own good.  Kind of like how Pol Pot got rid of the literate people in his country because he didn’t want more pragmatic ideas to steal his dream of communism.

This kind of thing was reported on, but most people really ignored it.  But it gives us a glimpse of the mentality of Alexander and confirms the fact that he is evil, not incompetent.