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Old November 3 2012, 06:10 PM   #29
Edit_XYZ
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Re: Section 31 after DS9

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
Edit_XYZ wrote: View Post
Just bring S31 into the fold - to become answerable to the democratically elected leaders of the federation
You already have Starfleet Intelligence for that. Anything that SI can't do, doesn't deserve to be done.
Really?
Starfleet Intelligence only remarks itself by its uncompromising incompetency:
Off the top of my head: the romulans knew about 'tin man' in real time (after tin man was found by a federation probe); idem about Pegasus' phase cloack location; etc, etc.
SI could not discover a spy if the federation depended on it: a romulan posing as federation ambassador for many years, gathering huge amounts of classified information; another spy for the romulans, stealing enterprises' warp core; etc, etc.

This list goes on and on: romulans, cardassians, dominion, etc - practically everyone who tried - bitch slapped SI.
SI, by proving itself to be a joke again and again, makes the best argument for the necessity of S31.

TiberiusMaximus wrote: View Post
Just bring S31 into the fold - to become answerable to the democratically elected leaders of the federation
But that doesn't work, because doing so would defeat the entire purpose of S31's existence. The whole point is that they answer to no one so they can do whatever is "necessary" to "protect" the Federation.

Not saying I agree with their methods, but legitimacy and S31 simply aren't compatible.
Section 31, article 14.
The very name of S31 yearns for legitimacy.
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