Published May 11, 2011
The news just boldly went ... somewhere it probably shouldn't have gone.
A German newscaster must be wishing his colleagues would beam him up after TV channel N24 accidentally displayed the logo for a 24th century terrorist group depicted on the TV show "Star Trek" -- rather than the real world Navy SEAL team that took out Usama bin Laden.
The news team intended to show the logo for SEAL Team Six, the special ops team that ultimately killed the notorious chieftan of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization. Instead, it accidentally used a fan-made logo for the Maquis, an anti-Cardassian rebel group that originally appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, reported fan site TrekMovie.com.
The newscaster, identified as Mick Locher, even commented on the emblem, pointing out that "they also have the ‘Team Six,’ that carried out the mission. They don’t have the skull in their emblem for nothing."
Locher didn’t seem to notice that the skull in question was from a Klingon and included a bolted-on eyepatch. He and N24 also appear undeterred by the emblem’s inclusion of a phaser, Klingon sword and the word "Maquis" (a French resistance guerrilla group that inspired the name), the site reported.
Made up of only a few hundred forces based in Dam Neck, Va., the elite SEAL unit officially known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or "DEVGRU," is part of a special operations brotherhood that calls itself "the quiet professionals."
SEAL Team Six has reportedly raided targets outside war zones like Yemen and Somalia in the past three years, though the bulk of the unit's current missions are in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.
Star Trek's Maquis is not scheduled to begin raiding for several hundred years.
For more on Star Trek -- the real logo of Navy SEAL Team Six -- see TrekMovie.com.