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Old June 6 2013, 02:41 AM   #68
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Re: Section 31 after DS9

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
T'Girl wrote: View Post
You're implying that only the Federation's governing body can work to the Federation's best interests. Or at least what they see as it's best interests.
Yes, I pretty much am. How can Section 31 claim to be working in the Federation's interests if they are so secret? Secrecy implies corruption.
Um... no. Secrecy implies that you don't want someone to find out about something for a variety of reasons. That might include corruption, but it is not necessarily because of corruption.

Rush Limborg wrote: View Post
What does it mean to "answer to the Federation"?
It means, to be part of the actual, recognized governmental structure - out in the open, subject to public scrutiny, and ultimately answering TO the government and public.

If Section 31 really was truly looking out for the Federation, and not for themselves, they'd work within the system. In fact, they'd BE the system. They would be accountable to the government, there would be oversight. None of those things applies. Section 31 quite literally does whatever it wants. By definition, then, they are only out for themselves.
That assumes that the system is operating efficiently and is run by competent people, which is highly debatable in either Trek timeline. There's also the fact that not operating within the system means that the Federation's hands are clean if Section 31 has to do something very dirty or mess up. Also, if the Federation Council/Starfleet Command gets infiltrated by mind-controlling aliens/evil clones/evil alternate universe counterparts/etc... (again), then Section 31 has a better chance of fighting them if the Enterprise crew/whoever are the designated heroes are aren't around to save the day, because less people knowing about Section 31 means the enemy might not infiltrate Section 31 (or spend less resources on it, depending on who they replace/takeover).
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