Section 31 is a positive for the Federation (spoilers from TV & books)

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  1. Danger Ace

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    I don't think Section 31 violated GR's vision. At least not as originally given us in TOS and the TOS movies. We had covert activities. We had an "if push comes to shove then we choose us" philosophy.

    Keeping in mind that your human, what is at all wrong with their mission being the protection and preservation of humanity?

    That is the brand of thinking I just don't get. Not knocking anyone, but I am honestly confessing that I just don't get it. Where does this ideal that under the right conditions a self-inflicted extinction is okay? And that keeping tabs on openly antagonistic races is wrong? Or keeping a technological parity is provocatory and wrong?

    If Roddenberry did this then he bait-and-switched us first generation fans, and fortunately DS9 corrected that fraud.

    Which would pretty much defeat its purpose and nullify its effectiveness.
     
  2. M.A.C.O.

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    I don't think it defeats the purpose since we know other organizations like the Tal Shiar and Obsidian Order function just fine. I think it morally corrupts the Federations "advertised" principles about freedom and enlightenment. Take that away and what makes the Fed and Star Fleet any different from The Romulan Star Empire, TOS Klingons, Cardassian Union, Breen or Dominion? Nothing. The Fed is just as cut throat and ruthless as any of them and advanced technology and pursuit of enlighten like Roddenberry envision for his series completely disappears. That what I think fans don't like about it. Yes Star Fleet is a military. However fans don't like the idea of Trek's military keeping company with Stargate's, NuBSG, and even our modern militaries in western countries.

    Unfortunately this ideal is impossible in practice but easy to preach and by extension completely subverts Roddenberry's utopian future. It's a work in progress and it's something writers could write about. Season 1 Picard was probably given a Star Fleet manifesto about preaching points to his first contacts about enlightened society.

    Now i think in the books Section 31 is credited or at least alluded to be responsible for a number of things we've seen throughout Trek history.
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    Kirk and Spock's actions in TOS "The Enterprise Incident" being under orders from the Federation (we can assume Star Fleet started the conversation) to steal the cloaking device. Kirk even states his unusal behavior and entering the Neutral Zone was to "keep the Enterprise and Federation off the hook".

    TNG's "Pegasus" with the phasing cloak. Sanctioned by Star Fleet Command to be carried out by then Capt Pressman who was later promoted to Admiral.

    TNG's "Insurrection" with Admiral Doughtery sanctioning the removal of the Ba'ku to get technology for the regenerative properties of their planet and using cloaked Federation ships and working with a known Dominion ally during the Dominion War.

    There are a few others but I can't think of them off the top of my head.
     
  3. R. Star

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    I always got the impression the S'ona joined up with the Dominion as a result of the Insurrection incidents.
     
  4. M.A.C.O.

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    No it was before since Riker stated in INS the Son'a were known producers of ketracel white.

    Regardless that's still some shady dealing on StarFleets behalf. Makes you question the whole we are desperate and losing this war thing in DS9, if Section 31 and Star Fleet command are making deals openly with the Dominion's allies.
     
  5. Hartzilla2007

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    Becuase Section 31 conducts covert operations supposedly in defense of it, many of which could bite the federation in the ass if they were found out so they should have to get authorization from their freaking government before they do that kind of stuff.
     
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    there's a difference between supplier and ally. The Son'a weren't allies of the Dominion until Picard's actions in INS pushed them to that point.
     
  7. M.A.C.O.

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    Rather speculative don't you think? Considering
    he importance of the white to the Dominions foot soldiers and starship operators the Jem'hadar. Its doubtful the Founders would trust the manufacture and distribution of the white to a casual ally. The Son a had to be full partners with the Dominion to be held with such responsibility and confidence of a task. Unlike Romulus and Bajor who both signed non-agression pacts with the Dominion. We never saw either actively contribute to the Dominion's war effort like the Son a were stated to in INS and DS9 'penumbra'. I believe it was stated the Son a colonies were located on the edge of Cardassian and Bajoran space. Potentially making the Son'a one of the first allies the Dominion made after entering the wormhole.

    Back on topic, Star Fleet Command had sanctioned the mission with the Son'a, set up the duck blind mission with a cloaked ship and even pulled officers from certain ships to assist (Data). They retracted their support for the plan after Picard got all high and mighty and subverted their attempts. Star Fleet Command got caught and had to appear sympathetic and ignorant of the goings on. Had Doughtery not been killed I wager he would've been the fall guy for the whole fiasco.
     
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    Actually that makes the Federation's involvement in this make even more sense then. Not only will this get us great medical technology which will save lives for the war, but it takes a potential ally away from the Dominion.

    Your OP did speculate they were "allies" though, not partners AllStarEnterprise, hence my original reaction though. As for trading with the neutral S'ona? That actually makes perfect sense. They're neutral and the Federation isn't about to start the equivalent of unrestricted submarine warfare, and it's stated a few times in Season 6 that white supplies were getting low, so having a neutral power make it that's not going to be targeted makes a good amount of sense.
     
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    Hadn't thought out it that way. I agree whole heartedly. If only the showrunners had made the point as defined as that in TNG and DS9
     
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    Apples and oranges. Those organizations operate within a very different set of circumstances.


    I disagree. Nothing in their "advertised principles" says they have to follow a "naive-yokel" doctrine in foreign policy.

    Everything. Our side is our side. All we have been given in DS9 has been Section 31 working in defense of Starfleet in the face of an agressor who vowed to extinguish humanity. A threat such as that justifies everything in terms of defense (e.g. the genocidal virus unleashed on The Founders). Why do those other than the Federation or Starfleet have a superior claim to life, liberty and the pursuit of property or happiness?

    I think it's debatable as to whether GR's vision is as you claim it to be based on episodes of TOS and the TOS era films. Star Trek: TOS was a hawkish and "talk softly but carry a big stick" affair. It wasn't until The Next Generation that things went dovish and soft.

    Gene Roddenberry's "utopia" has never held up to close scrutiny as even he seemed to contradict himself with regards to its defined form (money versus no money, the existance of greed or of vanity, etc.). So you argue for an ideal that was never really given us in the televised or big screen adventures.

    I'm sorry, I do not place any stock in the novels. I respect that you do however there is just too much unvetted and contradictory aspects to those works.

    Justified by the actions seen in "The balance of terror." And the disavowal of Federation or ship's knowledge was meaningless.

    Those experiments were illegal and as such exactly illustrates the necessity of why a Section 31 was needed.

    Nothing in GR's vision required Starfleet/Federation to agree to not pursuing cloaking technology yet they wrote that in. That was a pervertion of the "vision." Why would any entity agree to a unilateral ban on pursuing a technology (if for no other reason then to devise a practical defense against it).

    Again, a position they later were forced to abandon due to practical considerations which further legitimizes the reasons for the existance of a Section 31.
     
  11. M.A.C.O.

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    I don't disagree with you Danger Ace. I was merely playing devils advocate for the Roddenberryites who believe Section 31 ruins his vision. When in TOS, and TNG his ideals of utopian, enlightened society never really lived up to scrutiny. I can ramble off examples from early TNG when the whole enlightened preachiness began but I wont. I just think fa s were disappointed such a bent Org like Section 31 with its everything is on the table attitude exists in Star Trek universe. I feel Section 31 has it's place . Gene ideals about the future were just that ideals.
     
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    One thing I want to know: What keeps a super secret agency, that is not accountable to anyone but itself, from taking over the Federation (covertly or overtly) in order to protect it?
     
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    and once they take over, someone would have to form section32 to protect section31
     
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    All-Star, just so you know ... the fun is in the back-and-forth and exchanging of point-of-views. Yours were excellent posts.

    Admittedly I couldn't keep up with regards to the novels because I haven't read one since 1983 when I purchased "Black Fire" to read on a flight to Oklahoma. That one was so bad I swore off them - it just burst my bubble. I did enjoy "Spock Must Die" and "Klingon Gambit" though.

    A caveat to that I did read the novelizations to the TOS series back in the 70s and movie adaptions (TMP and TWoK).
     
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    With The collaboration between StarFleet Command and Section 31 we can presume they are accountable to StarFleet Command and the Admiralty. Section 31 is outside StarFleet Intelligence and Starfleet security. I believe Section 31 is only invested in protecting Earth and humanity above all else. They are sanctioned in the first Earth starfleet charter. Taking over the entire Fed would be a challenge with the hundreds of worlds and not every starfleet vessel is run only by humans. They could theoretically take over Earth and by extenstion the Fed like that one Admiral did in DS9 Paradise Lost. But expect a resitance nd secession from the Fed if that happened.
     
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    Their power and effectivness lay in them working in the shadows and that is a limiting factor in-and-of itself. For them to rise to power and exert themselves as a political force of control they would have to shed much of what allows them to do what they do and transform into a whole different beast. That is not something they could do unnoticed and without allies.
     
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    Starfleet Command never retracted their support, the Federation Council temporarily suspended the operation in order to undertake a review. I believe (ymmv) after the review a second collector would have been produced, the Baku relocted, and the particales harvested for the benefit of the Federation's people.

    It was my take from repeatedly watching the movie, that it was the Federation Council (and not Doughtery) that sactioned the removial of the Baku, and the collection of the medically beneficial particales. Doughtery was brought in at some point to run the program, but he wasn't making policy decisions.
    I wonder about this, the Sona were producing "the white," but it was never stated that the Sona were making it for the Dominion. Riker said that the Sona were producing ketracel white as a narcotic, suggesting that they were selling the white to the general population.

    I don't agree.

    If S31 were undertaking activities that the Federation governing body wouldn't authorize, in order to defend the Federation. What purpose would it serve to approach the Council for permission?

    :)
     
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    no it won't a fountain of youth is useless in a war as all the de-aging in the world doesn't stop a phaser set on kill or what ever the Dominion uses.

    Why wouldn't the Son'a just take their particles and tell the federation to suck it?

    No their not they are providing the Dominion with a necessary component of their war machine how the hell is that being neutral?

    Besides doing it on their own probably being illegal as hell?
     
  19. R. Star

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    Watch the movie again. Dougherty and Crusher both stated it would provide countless medical advances... like say Geordi's eyes regenerating... even without the age mumbo jumbo.

    The context I got is the collector's gonna be over that planet gathering particles for this stuff indefnitely, applying them to scientific purposes once gathered. If they tell the Feds to "suck it" as you oh so eloquently suggest, they lose their supply.

    By that logic you would approve Germany's use of unrestricted submarine warfare in both world wars? All neutral means is you're not in the fighting. Franco termed it "non-belligerent" during World War 2 and even though he was openly supporting the Axis, providing men to fight in German uniform, the Allies left him alone.
     
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    Remember Hartzilla2007, the people of the Federation, through Starfleet, have no access to the Founders themselves. All Starfleet can do is kill and capture their slave proxies. The sickness devised by S31 gave the people of the Federation access to the people who ran the show in the Dominion.

    Notice that I said "the people of the Federation," not "the governing body of the Federation." Was what S31 did strictly speaking legal, doubtful. Was what S31 did correct, yes.

    Your turn Hartzilla2007, please explain to me how using a biological weapon against the ruling species of the Dominion is bad, while it's (seemingly) perfectly okay to throw chunks of antimatter at their slaves?

    But it would help in the treatment of non-fatal casualties, you'd be able to return them to service faster. Plus, I at least think the primary use for the particles would be in civilian sector for treatments.

    Think of it like Saudi Arabia.

    The Saudi's have tremendous amount of oil under their soil, but they drill no oil wells. They sell drilling rights to others (British, American, Chinese), then when the oil comes out of the ground it belongs to the Saudis, and they sell it to the people who drilled the wells. Those people build pipelines over Saudi territory to the nearest port facility, and the Saudi charge them money to do so. The Saudi tax the port facilities too.

    If the Sona tell the Federation to "suck it," they would not have access to the any of particles that belong entirely to the Federation.

    :)
     

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