Re: The Maquis or the Federation?
Also, provided that "an intolerable threat to the security of the Federation" does translate into some level of Federation or Starfleet legalese, it's possible that, once the Maquis were classified in such a manner, Sisko did have the authority, or at least the potential authority, to "gas" the colony (which IMO implies a bit more than actually occurred; i.e. it seems like a weasel-word). It may have been at the extreme end of what Sisko was allowed to do, or it may have been well within the range, but not commonly invoked. Hell, for all we know at that point Sisko might have been able to get away with nuking the planet.
Maybe something like Article 14, Section 31 of the Starfleet Charter?
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Last edited by Crais-mas; August 20 2012 at 04:41 PM.