Defense Secretary John Keller
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Defense Secretary John Keller (Character)
from Transformers (2007)

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Transformers (2007)
Agent Simmons: What you're about to see is totally classified...
[Project Iceman is reveled: a towering mechanical clossus, imprisoned in a cryogenic chamber]
Keller: Dear God... what is this?
Tom Banachek: We think that when he made his approach over the North Pole our gravitation field screwed up his telemetry and crashed into the ice, probably a few thousand years ago. We shipped him here to this facility in 1934.
Agent Simmons: We call him NBE-1.
Sam Witwicky: I don't mean to correct you on all that you think you know, but that's Megatron. He's the leader of the Decepticons.
Tom Banachek: He's been in cryo-stasis since 1935. Your great-great-grandfather made one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankind.
Agent Simmons: Fact is, you're looking at the source of the modern age. The microchip, lasers, cars, space flight: all reverse-engineered by studying him. NBE-1...
[glares at Sam]
Agent Simmons: That's what we call IT!
Keller: And you didn't think that the United States Military might need to know that you're keeping a hostile alien robot frozen in the basement?
Tom Banachek: Until these events we had no credible threats to national security.
Keller: Well, you got one now!

Captain Lennox: So why Earth?
Sam Witwicky: It's the All Spark.
Keller: All Spark? What is that?
Sam Witwicky: Well, they came here looking for some sort of cube-looking thing. Anyway, Mr. NBE-1 here, aka MEGATRON...
[glares at Simmons]
Sam Witwicky: That's what they call HIM... who's pretty much the harbinger of death, wants to use the cube to transform human technology to take over the universe. That's their plan.

Bumblebee: [through his radio] "Message from Starfleet, Captain... Let's get to it!"
Captain Lennox: He's right. If we stay here, we're screwed with Megatron in the other hanger. Mission City is 22 miles away. We're going to sneak that Cube out of here and hide it somewhere in the city.
Keller: Good, right!
Captain Lennox: But we cannot make a stand without the Air Force.
Keller: This place must have some sort of radio link.
Agent Simmons: Yes!
Keller: Shortwave, CV...
Agent Simmons: Right, yes!
Captain Lennox: [to Keller] Sir, you're going to have to find some way to get word out to them... Let's move!

[from trailer]
Keller: We're facing war against a technological civilization far superior to our own! Our enemy can take any shape! They could be anywhere!

Agent Simmons: [looks at a Nokia phone] Ooh. Nokias are real nasty. You've gotta respect the Japanese. They know the way of the samurai...
Maggie Madsen: Nokia's from Finland.
Keller: Yes, but he's, you know, a little strange. He's a little strange.

[Keller enters the FBI interrogation room]
Maggie Madsen: What's going on?
Keller: You're coming with me. You're going to be my advisor.
Glen Whitmann: Me, too?
Keller: Who's this?
Maggie Madsen: He's... MY advisor.
Keller: He comes too.

[after her call with her husband was cut off, Sarah watches in horror as the news reports on the base attack]
Keller: [on TV] At this time, we are unable to confirm whether there were any survivors...
Sarah Lennox: Oh, my God.
Keller: We are dealing with a highly effective weapons system, one that we have not come across before. But our thoughts and prayers are with those men who...
[Sarah's baby daughter starts crying, and she turns to her, wiping away her own tears]
Sarah Lennox: Daddy's gonna be okay, honey, I promise...

[inside Sector Seven, the lights suddenly dim... ]
Keller: Gentlemen, they know the Cube is here.

Maggie Madsen: Sir, they hacked your firewall in ten seconds! Even a supercomputer, with a brute force attack, would take ten years to do that.
Admiral Brigham: Maybe you can explain why our enemies are doubling their armed forces...
Maggie Madsen: Maybe it's a precaution, because isn't that what we're doing? The signal pattern is learning, it's EVOLVING on its own, and you need to move past Fourier transforms and start thinking quantum mechanics...
Admiral Brigham: [with unintentional irony] There is nothing on Earth that complex!
Maggie Madsen: How about an organism, a living organism? Or some sort of DNA-based computer? I know that sounds crazy, but...
Keller: All right, all right, that's enough! Listen, we've got NSA specialists working downstairs. If you can come up with anything to substantiate your theory, we're prepared to listen. But if you don't get a filter on that brain-mouth thing, you're gonna be off the team. Understand?

Keller: Simmons?
Agent Simmons: Yes, sir?
Keller: I'd do what he says. Losing's really not an option for these guys.
Agent Simmons: All right, okay! Hey, you want to lay the fate of the world on the kid's Camaro? That's cool.

Keller: Gentlemen, it is the direct order of the President that Sector Seven be terminated, and the remains of the dead aliens be disposed of. The Laurentian Abyss is seven miles below sea level. Deepest place on the planet. The aliens will be deposited there, where the intense pressure coupled with sub-zero temperatures will crush and entomb them... leaving no evidence.

Tom Banachek: You have to accept that there are certain things you won't understand right away. Sector Seven is a special access division of the Government, convened in secret under President Hoover eighty years ago. You might remember NASA JPL lost the Beagle 2 Mars Rover? We told them to report the mission a complete failure. It wasn't. Beagle 2 transmitted for thirteen seconds. This was classified ABOVE top secret...
[Banachek plays a video of a giant lifeform crushing the Beagle]
Tom Banachek: More than just a pile of Martian rocks.
[Banachek shows the Secretary two photographs]
Tom Banachek: This is the image from Mars. This is the image your Special Ops team managed to retrieve from the base attack. We believe that they are of the same exoskeletal type, and obviously not Russian or North Korean.
Keller: Are we talking about... an invasion?
Tom Banachek: We intercepted the message from your Special Ops team. These things can be hurt by our weapons, and now they know it. That's why the virus shut us down, so we can't coordinate against their next attack... which I would bet my ridiculous government salary is coming soon.

[addressing an assembly of signal analysts]
Keller: Please be seated... I'm John Keller. Obviously you're all wondering why you're here, so these are the facts: At 17:00 hours GMT yesterday a SOCCENT airbase in Qatar was attacked. So far as we know, there were no survivors. The purpose of the attack was to hack our military network; we don't know what they were looking for, but they were cut off during the assault, which leads us to assume they're going to try it again. Now, no one's taken responsibility for the attack. And the only lead we have is this sound...
[plays a recording of a signal]
Keller: That's the signal that hacked our network. NASA's working around the clock to break it but we need YOUR help in deciphering this signal. You've all shown technical skill in the field of signal analysis. We're on a hair trigger, people, the United States has dispatched an armed force to its full capacity. This is as real as it's going to get. I'm going to leave you to the officer to sort you all into groups. Good luck to us all.