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The Drumhead Quotes

The Drumhead is a television show that was first aired in 1970 . The Drumhead completed its run in 1970.

It features Ron Jones (composer) in charge of musical score.

The Drumhead Quotes

  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "Spies and saboteurs don't like the bright lights of an open inquiry. They're like roaches scurrying for the dark corner."
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "I am deeply concerned by what is happening here. It began when we apprehended a spy, a man who admitted his guilt and who will answer for his crime. But the hunt didn't end there. Another man, Mister Simon Tarses, was brought to trial and it was a trial, no matter what others choose to call it. A trial based on insinuation and innuendo. Nothing substantive offered against Mister Tarses, much less proven. Mister Tarses' grandfather is Romulan, and for that reason his career now stands in ruins. Have we become so fearful? Have we become so cowardly that we must extinguish a man because he carries the blood of a current enemy? Admiral, let us not condemn Simon Tarses, or anyone else, because of their bloodlines, or investigate others for their innocent associations. I implore you, do not continue with this proceeding. End it now."
  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "Captain, do you believe in the Prime Directive?"
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "Of course."
  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "In fact, it's Starfleet's General Order Number One, is it not?"
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "Your point, Admiral?"
  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "Would it surprise you to learn that you have violated the Prime Directive a total of nine times since you took command of the Enterprise? I must say, Captain, it surprised the hell out of me."
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "We think we've come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, it's all ancient history. Then; before you can blink an eye; suddenly it threatens to start all over again."
  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "Last time it was just a hatch cover. What if next time it's more serious? What if lives are lost? Can you afford not to act?"
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "The Seventh Guarantee is one of the most important rights granted by the Federation. We cannot take a fundamental principle of the Constitution and turn it against a citizen."
  • (Lieutenant Worf) "Sir, the Federation does have enemies. We must seek them out."
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "Oh, yes. That's how it starts. But the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think. Something is wrong here, Mister Worf. I don't like what we have become."
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "Have we become so -- fearful, have we become so cowardly -- that we must extinguish a man? Because he carries the blood of a current enemy?"
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "This is not unlike a -- a drumhead trial."
  • (Lieutenant Worf) "I do not understand."
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "500 years ago, military officers would upend a drum on the battlefield. They'd sit at it and dispense summary justice. Decisions were quick, punishments severe; appeals denied. Those who came to a drumhead were doomed."
  • (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) "You know, there are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy: "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged. I fear that today --"
  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "How dare you. You who consort with Romulans, invoke my father's name to support your traitorous arguments. It is an offense to everything I hold dear. And to hear those words used to subvert the United Federation of Planets. My father was a great man. His name stands for integrity and principle. You dirty his name when you speak it. He loved the Federation. But you, Captain, corrupt it. You undermine our very way of life. I will expose you for what you are. I've brought down bigger men than you, Picard."
  • (Admiral Nora Satie) "Captain. May I tell you how I've spent the past four years? From planet to starbase to planet. I have no home. I live on starships and shuttlecraft. I haven't seen a family member in years. I have no friends. But I have a purpose. My father taught me from the time I was a little girl still clutching a blanket, that the United Federation of Planets is the most remarkable institution ever conceived. And it is my cause to make sure that this -- extraordinary union be preserved."

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