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: You've always had a strong sense of duty. Captain Sisko
: My duty is to protect the Federation. Admiral Leyton
: That's what we're trying to do. Captain Sisko
: What you're trying to do is to seize control of Earth and place it under military rule. Admiral Leyton
: If that's what it takes to stop the Dominion. Captain Sisko
: So you're willing to destroy Paradise in order to save it?
: You know, Ben... I stand here looking at you - best officer who ever served under me. Trapped in this holding cell. And I think... life can be damned cruel. Captain Sisko
: Let me out. Maybe life will look a little better.
: Go home, Ben. You don't belong here.
: I've sent the Lakota to intercept the Defiant. Captain Sisko
: You think that one Starfleet ship is going to fire on another? Admiral Leyton
: As far as Captain Benteen's crew is concerned, the Defiant isn't a Starfleet ship. They've been told everyone on the Defiant has been replaced... by shapeshifters.
: Are you willing to risk a civil war? If the Lakota fires on the Defiant, you will be opening up a Pandora's Box that may never be closed! Admiral Leyton
: Then contact the Defiant, and tell them to stand down. Captain Sisko
: I won't do that. Admiral Leyton
: I didn't think so. But don't kid yourself, Ben. This Pandora's Box of yours - we're opening it together.
: I have enough loyal officers to make a fight of it. Captain Sisko
: Who will you fight? Starfleet? The Federation? Don't you see, Admiral? You're fighting the wrong war! And as for your loyal officers, Benteen's already abandoned you. And she was closer to you than anyone. You've lost! Don't make anyone else pay for your mistakes.
[Leyton slowly gets up, takes off his rank insignia and lays them on the table
] Admiral Leyton
: I hope... you're not the one making the mistake.
: I only wish I'd taught you more about the importance of loyalty. Captain Sisko
: You want to talk to me about loyalty? After you broke your oath with the Federation! Lied to the people of Earth? Ordered one of our own starships to fire on another! You don't have the right! Admiral Leyton
: You don't understand me at all, do you? Captain Sisko
: I used to think I did. I used to think that you were a man of principles, a man of honor! I see that I was mistaken! Admiral Leyton
: I'm sorry you feel that way. Captain Sisko
: So am I!