Re: Section 31 is a positive for the Federation (spoilers from TV & bo
The difference between Section 31 and the CIA, is the CIA is ultimately answerable to the government of the US. Section 31 is not answerable in any way to Starfleet or the Federation government. That's the morality of it in a nutshell, lack of accountability.
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