In an event that has just blown the lid off my "Weird shit" meter...
Mentioned this conversation to a friend of mine at NASA, and he pointed out to me the fact that NASA has its own SWAT team.
I honestly don't know what to make of this, except that I wonder if many Americans are simply interpreting the Federation through a uniquely American lens with all the creeping militarism that comes with it.
Seriously: we live in a country where the fucking Department of Education
has its own SWAT Team; if the Federation is anything like America, it probably shouldn't be.