Re: Section 31 is a positive for the Federation (spoilers from TV & bo 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.