Buried in a lengthy Foreign Policy profile on NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is this fascinating tidbit: When running the US Army's Intelligence and Security Command, he had its base of operations at Fort Belvoir—called the Information Dominance Center—built to look like the bridge of the USS Enterprise from Stark Trek. It was even designed by a Hollywood set designer, with sliding doors that make a "whoosh" sound when they open and close.
Alexander, a sci-fi fan, would reportedly impress visiting lawmakers and officials by letting them sit in the leather captain's chair while he showed off all his tech and tools on the big screen. "Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard," says a source who was previously in charge of VIP visits. Over at the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald has dug up what appear to be photos of the center on the website of an architecture firm. (Read more NSA stories.)