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Comment 1: "My personal and admittedly macabre theory is that human transporter chiefs exist primarily because the transporter is fully capable of reconstituting a subject from new base matter when the pattern of a subject has been recieved, but the matter stream is completely or partially lost.
When this occurs, no record is kept, and the computer isn't called upon to note the action in any way. The chief makes the call, which is too morally complex to be left to a computer, and he/she adds new matter to the stream.
Everyone prefers not knowing. There's nothing to be gained from knowing.
Only the transporter chief knows that the person stepping off the transporter pad isn't actually the same person who left on the away mission. Part of his/her duty is to never speak of it to anyone."

Comment 2: "Explains O'Brien's PTSD. Among many other reasons."

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