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Old April 6 2013, 06:29 AM   #12
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Re: Section 31 is a positive for the Federation (spoilers from TV & bo

R. Star wrote: View Post
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.
Is S31 unaccountable?
Apparently, S31 agents want to make sure you know how unaccountable they are at the very first contact they make.

They doth protest too much.

R. Star wrote: View Post
The difference between Section 31 and the CIA, is the CIA is ultimately answerable to the government of the US.
Really?
Theory and practice are two entirely different things.

randomfan86 wrote: View Post
R. Star wrote: View Post
There's a huge moral difference between your intelligence branch performing a rogue operation without your knowledge or consent and sanctioning them to do whatever the hell they want as you turn a blind eye.
If you never hold them to account afterwards and they keep doing them (and even reward the breakdown of accountability), then there's no functional difference. The only difference is pretense.
That is correct.
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