The Court Martial of Captain Kathryn Janeway Part 3By The Cynic
Posted at March 5, 2001 - 5:37 PM GMT
[The following partial document was intercepted by Romulan Intelligence during its transmission on Stardate 55220.4]
Official Transcript Court-Martial of Captain Kathryn Janeway
Court-Martial of Captain Kathryn Janeway
Case number: 566477288 HH3992 882KKL
- Admiral William Ross: Presiding Officer
: Committee Member
- Captain Nog: Committee Member
- Commander Iccny: Prosecutor
: Defence Attorney
- Captain Kathryn Janeway: Defendant
- Captain Nog: Committee Member
ICCNY: Yes, indeed, Your Honor. If it pleases the court...
ROSS: Iccny, you couldn't please this court if you wore clown makeup and did the Cardassian neck trick. Now get on with it.
ICCNY: Yes, your honor. As you know, my esteemed colleague Commander Rose has already presented the portion of the prosecution's case covering Captain Kathryn Janeway's actions during Voyager's first three years in the Delta Quadrant. Some of her conduct during that time was indeed shocking, but, if anything, her actions in later years were even more appalling. The prosecution will prove that Captain Janeway did not merely violate Starfleet regulations and Federation law, but fell well below the minimum standards of conduct that any civilized society expects of its citizens, much less a Starfleet Captain.
ROSS: Always nice to hear from a prosecutor who isn't over-reaching. Now please list the charges and specifications.
ICCNY: Yes, sir. The charges and specif --
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[The following document was found on Commander Iccny's PADD, lost by Iccny, but fortunately recovered by a Starfleet Security officer who used it as a coaster for three months]
Charges and Specifications
Charges and Specifications
Charge VI: Dereliction of Duty
**** CLASSIFIED ****
Specification IV: On or around Stardate 53170, Captain Janeway ordered her crew to revive a race called the Vaadwaur, who were found in suspended animation on a devastated planet. The Vaadwaur had in fact been a violent, predatory race that had been defeated and nearly wiped out by its victims centuries earlier. As a result of Janeway's actions, several Vaadwaur vessels escaped to threaten that area of space once again. Sworn testimony from Ambassador Neelix and Crewman Annika Hansen will demonstrate that Janeway did not wait for a historical records search to be completed before having the Vaadwaur revived. That search revealed the true nature of the Vaadwaur, but by then it was too late to prevent their reintroduction into the Delta Quadrant.
Specification V: On or around Stardate 53270, Captain Janeway negotiated with members of a paranoid and xenophobic race called the Kesat, offering them tactical data on neighboring races in exchange for information needed to treat Commander Tuvok, according to sworn testimony by several members of Voyager's bridge crew. While Voyager's log indicates that a deal was not in fact struck, Janeway's willingness to make such an arrangement demonstrates a disregard for sentient life and for Starfleet's principle of non-interference. A Starfleet Captain has a duty to protect the members of his or her crew but not at the expense of innocent sentients.
Specification VI: On or around Stardate 53320, Captain Janeway ordered her crew to assist an alien named Tash in building a "subspace catapult," which was subsequently used by Voyager to travel several thousand light years closer to home. The crew used Starfleet technology and methods to build the catapult, but Janeway did nothing to prevent the catapult and its component Starfleet technology from falling into the wrong hands after leaving it behind.
Specification VII: On or around Stardate 53790, Voyager's holodeck malfunctioned, and holodeck characters captured two Voyager officers and threatened their lives. Voyager's log and sworn testimony from Voyager's chief engineer show that Janeway refused to consider a suggestion to shut down the holodeck, fearing that the characters would be damaged by a hard reset. Witnesses will testify that the Captain had an emotional involvement with one of those holodeck characters which impaired her judgment. Clearly, a Captain's priority should be the safety of his or her living crew members and not holograms.
Specification VIII: On or around Stardate 53850, Captain Janeway discovered that the complete contents of the Federation database had been stolen from the Delta Flyer. While Voyager's crew apprehended the thieves, who were impersonating Federation representatives, Voyager's log shows that Janeway made no effort to determine whether that data had been passed to others, creating the possibility that the Delta Quadrant could now be awash in Federation knowledge and technology.
Specification IX: On or around Stardate 54600, Voyager was irradiated by a subspace mine, and Captain Janeway ordered the vessel's evacuation, leaving behind only an untested "emergency command hologram" to safeguard the ship and prevent its technology from being appropriated by neighboring races. The "emergency command hologram's" own logs confirm that Voyager was very nearly captured on several occasions while it was in command.
[The following document was found by a Pakled teenager, hacking into a secure Starfleet computer]
**** Classified Document #773663800012 - JJHUD - 15499975 ****
**** Ref: Case number: 566477288 HH3992 882KKL ****
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IT IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE TO VIEW, ALTER, COPY OR DISTRIBUTE THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT PROPER CLEARANCE, PUNISHABLE BY A MINIMUM SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT WITHOUT RELEASE OR TRIAL.
Charge VI, Specification II: On or around Stardate 51781, Voyager's sensors detected the presence of Omega molecules in a nearby solar system, and the vessel automatically went into Omega Directive Mode. Under the Omega Directive, a Starfleet Captain is obligated to destroy existing Omega particles and to prevent their future creation by any means necessary. While Voyager's logs were expunged of this incident, sworn testimony from several members of Voyager's crew shows that Captain Janeway did not carry out this assignment competently. While she and the crew did destroy all existing Omega molecules, Janeway did nothing to prevent or even discourage the alien scientists from continuing their research. The Omega Directive demands that knowledge of Omega and how to create it must be destroyed along with the particles themselves, and it is very clear that Captain Janeway did not perform her duty in this regard.
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Acknowledgements: The author would like to acknowledge the work of Jim Wright at Delta Blues and Jamahl Epsicokhan at Star Trek Hypertext, whose episode reviews and synopses were invaluable in researching this article.