Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
^ That's a mighty big "probably".
Agreed. I'm pretty sure she was speaking of an extreme hypothetical. I think Bashir may have even asked her what her worst case scenario was.
Again, at no point did anyone from Section 31 say they were going to do this. This was all someone else saying what they felt they may do.
Also, I agree with rfmcdpei. If they would go to this extreme, and past history from the show and from previous novels seems to indicate they might, they're definitely setup for a fall, and I suspect one is soon coming.