Re: What next for Section 31? [SPOILERS]
I wonder if, by Picard's time, that General Order's been disposed of...?
The novel A Time to Kill
establishes that as of 2379, General Order 24 has been abolished and that the Eminiar Amendment to the Federation Charter bans the destruction of a planetary surface.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946