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Old March 5 2013, 02:21 AM   #17
Tiberius
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Re: Data and killing

The Librarian wrote: View Post
Data had every right to kill Fajo, both to remove him as a threat to himself...
Data was armed and Fajo was not. Data was not under threat. All Data has to do is put Fajo in the escape pod and seal it shut. Fajo won't be able to do anything from inside there if Data disables its controls.

...and others and because as a Starfleet officer he had a duty to escape.
And killing Fajo was not an essential part of that. Data's escape did not depend on Fajo's death.

The fact that, in that particular moment, he was not an immediate threat is irrelevant, because at any moment members of Fajo's crew could arrive to try to capture him again.
Data is armed. Also, he could easily knock a few heads together. There's no reason the crew was equipped with those anti-android devices like Fajo was. Data could probably take over the ship single handedly.

Once that happened Fajo would inevitably increase his security precautions, making escape even more difficult. Data had no reason to believe outside help would ever arrive and so he had to act immediately.
This is assuming that Fajo would succeed, which I think is very unlikely.
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