Captain Seafort wrote:GrahamKennedy wrote:More like arresting anybody who smuggled a bunch of survivors on board a US ship. And if somebody did that after the US government had decided not to offer relief to a disaster zone, I imagine they would indeed be prosecuted.
Nikolai was specifically stated to have violated the PD by sheltering the Boraalans in the caves, before the E-D even arrived and despite not being Starfleet.
Then he must be some sort of government employee to be constrained by the PD. Angel One states plainly that civilians are not bound by it.
If you're talking about an interstellar rampagining army then the Feds would have good reason to stop it for self-preservation.
If you're talking about the equivalent of a Federation-like interstellar culture intervening in Darfur, then the matter becomes one that can't be solved without letting the entire planet know about the existence of alien life. In which case the orginal TOS-PD, which was a good idea, comes into effect.
Imagine that an army of a few thousand men at the tech level of the 18th century - muskets, cannon - was marching towards the Boraalans. They're a nasty bunch, basically out to wipe out anybody they meet. You could wipe them off the map in 10 seconds flat, and nobody would ever know what had happened to them. What then?