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Maybe the Pentagon should host the next Trekkie convention. Recent news reports reveal that U.S. military radio broadcasts in Afghanistan included this warning to the Taliban: ”Resistance is futile.” As legions of Star Trek fans know, that phrase was used by the Borg in a 1990 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ”It wasn’t a conscious quote from Star Trek,” insists Pentagon spokesman Lieut. Col. George Rhynedance. ”In the context of war, it’s a very common phrase.” But that’s not the military’s only Trek connection: Personnel aboard the USS Enterprise in the Indian Ocean have been enjoying tapes of UPN’s aptly named new Trek series.

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