Wow. I'm amazed that so many Starfleet officers sat still for torture, least of all, Michael Owens. I still have parts of this story to get caught up on, but it seems these creatures have our heroes pretty well freaked out. It might be the threat of another invasion coming so closely on the heels of the Dominion War? Glad to see Michael putting a stop to it, though it's obvious that Amaya wasn't buying the BS. His father will probably catch on, too. There's a fascinating subtext to all of this, which I've touched on in my own work; that SF---and the Federation---violated its own morals so many times to survive the war, that some things were broken in the process. At this point in time, they're all trying to find their way back from a dark place. I think this scene crystalizes that "survive at any cost" philosophy. Michael will need to clutch his moral compass tightly, as Amaya has already tossed her's aside. Provocative stuff!