SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH – Starfleet officials declared a major blow dealt against Sicarius with the arrest of government officials and Starfleet officers alleged to have been working for the terrorist organization.
In a stunning announcement, Starfleet Intelligence, working with Starfleet Command and Security in a sanctioned fleet-wide operation, has concluded an eleven month long sting operation that stretched from Starfleet and Federation Headquarters on Earth to stations, ships, and planets across Federation space.
Starfleet Intelligence operatives had apparently penetrated the lower level of the terrorist organization toward the end of 2392 and slowly began to compile a list of the agents, handlers, initiates, and anyone else in the employ of the Sicarius group. Starfleet Security had previously concluded that the loss of Prometheus Station last year in what became known colloquially as the Prometheus Incident was caused purposely by Sicarian agents thus jeopardizing millions of lives throughout the galaxy.
“We were shocked how many people Sicarius managed to slip into various levels of local and Federation government,” explained Colonel Joseph Terrill at Starfleet Intelligence headquarters. “In some cases, key and high administrative places, which allowed them to gain access to sensitive information. Sadly, even within Starfleet Intelligence administration itself, as much as it pains me to say it. The decision was finally made from Starfleet Command to arrest these individuals, all at once, without tipping our hand to Sicarius’ top level players.”
This move has come as a surprise to many among the rank and file of Starfleet as people who were once thought loyal to Starfleet were taken away in binders by Starfleet Security personnel.
“I’m horrified,” said Lieutenant Bing Mulwata, a clerk working in the Starfleet Headquarters Records Department. “They took away my partner who has been a loyal officer ever since he was placed here. I cannot even imagine he would be a member of such a despicable cell.”
Others were not so thankful as many families and other officers were upset at even the thought that Starfleet officers might be traitors.
“This is heinous!” Commodore Georgina Stanton of Starbase 212 stated in a recorded statement. “While I understand the gravity of the situation, I do want to say if there are officers and enlisted men and women who were involved, those should be handled by an Article 32 Hearing.”
A commodore who asked not to be named at Starfleet Command released a recorded statement.
“Starfleet Intelligence is working jointly with ship, station, and crew command on this controversial matter. In the cases where officers and enlisted are involved, those will be handled by their respective ship and station command staff with their intelligence officers. The civilian and outside associates will be handled by a joint Federation-Starfleet Intelligence task force to ensure rights are not abused.”
Mason Stone contributed to this report.
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