Okay, well I can certainly understand all of your points, Christopher, and I do admit, they are all valid. I just personally don't see it along those lines. Yes, you are absolutely right, in that in retrospect, it was also a huge error on the part of GEN, to have kind of featured the whole El Aurian aftermath thing. But again... personally, I don't see the public having knowledge of the Borg as simple as us knowing about Somali pirates. I mean, consider that Starfleet/the UFP already know that the Borg are indeed hostile, are absolutely unstoppable, and can have destroyed an entire world. The Borg do not communicate as casually as we do, so we have no way of knowing their intent. That is a huge potential risk to Earth and the UFP, and I don't see the UFP releasing information like that, until they at least have a better idea of the Borg's intent.
I'm not trying to be rude or divert the thread or resurrect an old fight. But I'm genuinely curious about why you think Starfleet would be in the habit of censoring free speech about theoretical external threats to Federation security. How does it benefit Federation security to do that? What motivation would Starfleet have for violating Federates' free speech rights?
Okay... first off, I don't see why people see this as curtailing free speech. If anything, it has to do with the control of information, or the flow of said information. But to address your question...
, it is my opinion that Starfleet or the UFP would not want to divulge knowledge of the Borg's threat to the general UFP populous. They might extend warnings to border regions and the like, but I just don't see a need for them to worry the citizenry of the UFP with it, at least prior to the scare leading up to Wolf 359. Again, this is just MY opinion. Christopher sees it differently, and I fully respect that. We can agree to disagree. You may also see it in a different light, and again, that's perfectly fine.
If you wish to discuss this further, please do feel free to PM me, because I will not detract from the topic of this thread any further, and will not have any further debate about it, outside of PM's. This being said, I look forward to updates on the Needle
, from both designers.