“we are forging that chain”

[Audio: English; Captions: None; Transcript: below]

Seems a timely reminder.

Transcript/quotes are laying about on the web, but particular thanks to my G+ peeps for helping out.

ADMIRAL SATIE I question your actions, Captain… I question your choices… I question your loyalty…

She glares at the Admiral, who looks down at the floor. He’s finding this harder and harder to endure. There is a small silence, and Picard’s voice fills it, speaking softly but in a tone that commands attention.

PICARD There is a saying… which many of us have heard since we were school children… “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied — chains us all, irrevocably.”

Two bright spots have appeared on Norah Satie’s cheeks. Her eyes burn into Picard.

PICARD Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie — as wisdom and warning. The very first time any man’s freedoms are trampled… we are all damaged.
I fear… that today… on this starship… we are forging that chain.

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