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Lee Adama: But I thought… I thought that no one had seen or heard from the Cylons in over 40 years.
Admiral Adama: That's true. Partially. The admiralty had grown restless with the Adar administration. They thought we were resting on our laurels, unprepared to protect against an attack. My mission was to escort a stealth recon ship just beyond the armistice line, stick our nose over, gather evidence, see if there was any suspicious activities.
Lee Adama: And if the Cylons discovered you across the line breaching the armistice, then, uh... they would see that as...
Admiral Adama: An act of war.