MEMORY OMEGA EXTRACT / COMMUNIQUE
FROM: MADDOX (CODED/ADMIRALTY)
With all due respect, I must decline. Not because of the demands of my position at the Daystrom Institute, which are many, but on moral grounds. The mere fact that you refer to Lieutenant Commander Data as an asset only reminds of me own embarrassment at having tried to have him declared the property of Starfleet. As I’m sure you’re aware, the J.A.G. has clarified the fact of Data’s personhood.
I’ve come to know Data not as a machine but as a living being. It’s that aspect I believe you’re overlooking. Data poses no more of a threat than any human, Vulcan or Betazoid.
Also, you are aware he has an off switch, right?