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Sizing up security in Star Trek

By Ira Winkler
May 11, 2009 12:00 PM ET

One more thing that has to be commented on, even without a direct security lesson: Spock getting freaky with Uhura is just wrong, and on so many different levels that it is hard to figure out where to start. From a military perspective, Spock is guilty of improper fraternization and could be court-martialed. Then, in defiance of logic, Spock gives in to Uhura's pleading and reverses his decision to assign her to another ship and so avoid the impression of favoritism. Of course, there's also basic Vulcan physiology, which the half-human Spock always adhered to -- specifically, Amok Time, which is the Vulcan seven-year mating cycle.

But Star Trek is, after all, a movie, and a great movie at that. It definitely has revived the franchise. There will be a sequel, as well there should -- although I still won't accept the Spock getting freaky with Uhura thing. Let's just hope it doesn't turn into a long episode that tries to be thought-provoking. Personally, I also hope that there is no Picard in the new Trek timeline.

Ira Winkler is president of Internet Security Advisors Group and author of the book Spies Among Us. He can be contacted through his Web site,

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