Monday, September 16, 2013

Trekkin' on the taxpayers' dime

It's one thing to be a sci-fi fan.  This is something else entirely:
"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."

Alexander wowed members of Congress with his eye-popping command center. And he took time to sit with them in their offices and explain the intricacies of modern technology in simple, plain-spoken language. He demonstrated a command of the subject without intimidating those who had none. 

In other words, members of Congress were too busy role-playing science fiction characters to question the propriety of much of the (unConstitutional) information gathering going on in the glitzy command center. 

Between senior military officers like this, and the daily antics of our elected leaders, I just want to know: are there any responsible public servants left?  At what point do 'we, the people,' simply decide collectively to stop supporting this corrupt charade of good governance?

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