Discussion in 'Deep Space Nine' started by LeadHead, Jan 31, 2012.
SISKO: Try me.
GARAK: If you want to guarantee that we obtain evidence of a Dominion plan to attack the Romulans, I suggest that we manufacture that evidence ourselves.
SISKO: Maybe I should have put a stop to it right there. Maybe I should have said, "thank you very much for your input, Mister Garak. I will take your suggestion under advisement," and gone back to my office and forgotten about the whole thing. But I didn't. Because in my heart, I knew what he was saying made sense.
GARAK: His name is Vreenak. He's been a key member of the Romulan Senate for the past fourteen years. He's Secretary of the War Plans Council, Vice Chairman of the Tal Shiar, and one of the most trusted advisors to Proconsul Neral.
SISKO: He's also the man that negotiated the non-aggression pact with the Dominion.
GARAK: Since you're familiar with him, I'll skip the rest of his biography. What's important is that he continues to be one of the most ardently pro-Dominion voices in the Senate. If we can convince him that the Dominion is a threat, the rest of the Senate will follow.
SISKO: All right, how?
GARAK: Ten days from now, Senator Vreenak will be making a trip to Soukara for a diplomatic meeting with Weyoun. I am certain that he can be persuaded to make a secret detour to DS9 if he were invited by one Captain Benjamin Sisko.
SISKO: How do you know he'll be visiting Soukara?
Garak: There are some things I'd rather not discuss. May I continue?
GARAK: When Senator Vreenak arrives, you will show him a holographic recording of a secret meeting held at the highest level of the Dominion in which the planned invasion of Romulus is being discussed. You will tell the Senator that this information was obtained through various covert means at great cost to the Federation. At least ten good men lost their lives bringing it across the line, that sort of thing. He will immediately suspect it's a forgery, but you will assure him that such a thing would be impossible. You see, Senator, this is an official Cardassian transcript. It was recorded on a one time optolythic data rod used for official record keeping. These rods are manufactured only as needed on Cardassia Prime. Information can only be transcribed on them once, and then cannot be altered.
SISKO: He'll want to examine it.
GARAK: Of course. And he will discover to his amazement that it's completely genuine. At least, so it will appear.
SISKO: But in reality?
GARAK: You will have handed him a genuine optolythic data rod, but it will contain one of the most perfect forgeries ever fashioned. I'm still working on obtaining the data rod, but I have located the man who will create the holorecording.
SISKO: You realize I can't authorize a thing like this on my own. I'll have to clear it with Starfleet Command.
GARAK: Of course. But I suspect that with the fall of Betazed, they'll be ready to do whatever it takes to bring the Romulans into the war.
SISKO: I'll let you know.
GARAK: One last thing, Captain. The man we need to forge this holoprogramme is currently sitting in a Klingon prison awaiting execution. To save time and incidentally his life, I thought that perhaps you could contact Chancellor Gowron today and arrange a pardon.
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