Re: TNG episodes where they hang out with species without warp drive
Data has been told not to communicate. Several times, with direct orders. His response? Accusing Picard of murderous intent! Picard should have phasered down the cybernetic asshole there and then, but all he does is quietly offer this failure of an officer one last chance to redeem his career. I have no reason to think Data's accusation would have had any basis in fact, and indeed his libel should be added to the list of charges.
Libel is a written (not spoken) defamation, I think you mean slander. And surely phasering down an officer whom he argued in court just a few months prior was a sentient being is not only way out of character for Picard... but would in fact demonstrate
a murderous intent!
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