Re: If they had any balls... But then, Picard is something of a celebrity among Starfleet officers and well known among other Alpha Quadrant powers that asking for him specifically still wouldn't set off too many alarms. But yeah, I get your point, it would have made a lot more sense than burying pieces of an android in an alien desert to lure the Enterprise to the area so they could be the closest ship in range. Just imagine if another ship had detected the positronic readings and its crew were like "Hey, that Mr. Data on the Enterprise would totally owe us if this led to something significant. Let's check this out." And meanwhile, Shinzon would be sitting on the bridge of the Scimitar observing this and be like "Fuck!" And the Viceroy would be like "why didn't we just take this ship with an undetectable cloak to Earth when we knew Picard would be there, beam him aboard and set off our doomsday weapon?" Ah, Nemesis. Fun movie, just don't think about it too much.