C.E. Evans wrote:
You can explain that by saying it was on a "need to know" basis. Until Q shot the Enterprise into the Delta Quadrant, Picard had "no need to know".
That could work too. Even Starfleet has big things that are classified to all but those with the highest security clearance, IMO.
I can't believe the Hansens were given all available info on the Borg while Picard, a starfleet captain in charge of the Federation flagship, was left in the dark.
Actually, at the time, Picard was still commanding a little known ship called the Stargazer
Sure, it does. The Borg simply weren't well known to everyone in Starfleet--at the time, they were just one of probably many
rumored dangerous races that had yet to be officially
contacted (that honor still goes to the Enterprise
Elias Vaughn in a Mask wrote:
Why would Starfleet connect mechanical remains found in the arctic that couldn't beat one NX class ship to the cube that massacred nearly 40 Starfleet ships? There's more than one cybernetic race around.
Starfleet didn't go searching for the Borg for the same reason the US government today doesn't go searching for Bigfoot - it was just a rumor. The Hansens were like the 24th century version of the people who bring cameras into the woods in the hope that they can find a picture of the Abominable Snowman to sell to tabloids, at least in Starfleet's opinion.
Couldn't have said it better.
I think it wasn't until after the Enterprise
-D's encounter with them that the Borg became known to everyone and ceased being a rumor known to just a few.