: There's just a tad less tangible citation of situations and reason, compensated by a heaping helping biased opinion in that list, don't you think?
There seems to be the suggestion that TOS' adherence to the Prime Directive was somehow disingenuous. Why should we accept that when we don't even know the full text (and context) of the directive and how it is supposed to be applied?
It should be obvious that the final judgement of how to apply the Prime Directive rests with three entities: Federation Starship captains, Starfleet Command, and the Federation leadership. That chain of command also reveals the accountability mechanism for Prime Directive.
But in TNG's "Justice", Picard pretty much spoke Roddenberry's overriding philosophy on laws in general and the Prime Directive in particular when the good captain said that "no laws are absolute... even life itself is an exercise in exceptions".