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Old September 19 2012, 03:13 PM   #32
The Green Mushroom
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Re: Federation Law of restricting cloaking device

Bry_Sinclair wrote: View Post
The Pegasus was used as a testbed for a phasing cloak, only half of which is illegal. Why didn't Starfleet continue its phasing research? Just imagine how useful that would have been during the Dominion War.
Several possibilities:

1) A phased ship that was visible would be useless--it can't fight and it can't be covert.

2) A phased ship that was invisible would annoy the Romulans-perhaps enough to push to side with the Dominion.

3) The Klingons could be given all the jobs where a cloak was needed.

4) Based on the two episodes that I can think of involving a phased cloak (Pegasus and the one where LaForge and Ro were cloaked), I am not sure that Starfleet ever managed to make it truly safe enough to be used for long periods. A device that randomly cloaks individuals seems pretty dangerous to me, as is one that randomly materializes a ship inside a rock or one that can be deactivated with equipment so common its available in Ten Forward.
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