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Old September 8 2012, 12:47 AM   #9
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Re: Federation Law of restricting cloaking device

I seem to recall somewhere the suggestion that Gene Roddenberry didn't like the idea of Starfleet regularly using cloaking devices because the heroes weren't supposed to seem "sneaky," though of course he was not alive by the time "The Pegasus" was produced. This suggestion, if true, would certainly fit in with his more utopian concept for early TNG although it wouldn't seem remotely practical given how cloaks are normally portrayed (Trek-era stealth). Without a better explanation of the treaty, there's no way to know why the Feds would have agreed to the restriction.
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