Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by The Illusive Man, Apr 17, 2014.
SLOAN: Of course not. No loyal Starfleet officer could.
Sisko: I won't deny that Doctor Bashir has made some questionable decisions in his career, but that's a long way from convincing me that he is a traitor. So far, your case is based on circumstantial evidence and speculation.
Sloan: What other kind of case can I make against a man who covers his tracks so well?
SISKO: That's a circular argument and you know it.
SLOAN: Captain, if Doctor Bashir had been involved in one or two questionable incidents, I could understand how you might be able to dismiss it, but the sheer number of incidents form a pattern of behavior that can't be ignored. I understand you want to be loyal to a man who's served under you for so long. I understand you'd be inclined to take his word over that of an outsider. But step back for a moment and think about it. This man concealed the truth about his illegal genetic enhancement for over thirty years. He lied to get his medical licence. He lied to get into Starfleet. He lied to you when he came aboard this station and he's been lying to you ever since.
Sisko: He did eventually come forward and tell the truth.
SLOAN: That's right, he did. Why? Why? What made you confess? Was it because you realized that it was your duty to be honest with your captain?
SLOAN: Was it because you felt guilty about having lied to him for so long?
SLOAN: Then why did you come forward?
Bashir: I was found out.
SLOAN: And if you hadn't been found out, would you have come forward and told your captain the truth...ever?
Bashir: I don't know.
Sloan: I see.
Bashir: Sloan was right about one thing, sir. I should have told you the truth from the beginning.
Sisko: You're right, you should have, but let's put that behind us for now.
BASHIR: How can I defend myself against this man? Whatever I say to him, he either thinks I'm lying or repressing my memories.
Sisko: I don't think you're lying, Julian.
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