"Should we not have someone that can answer , or at the very least, monitor groups like the Obsidian Order, Tal Shiar, V'Shar, Human insurgents, and the Klingon Covert Intelligence agency that we all know exists? STARFLEET is not, in its own words, 'a military organization', and is simply not equipped to handle these threats to our security, even from friendly governments. Our organization does not need sanctioning, or funding, or approval. Condemn our actions if you must, but we will act in the best interests of the preservation of our entire Federation under the Charter, and like it or not, we are STARFLEET".
Colonel Mike Calhoun, in an open hearing regarding the "Sloane incident" in 2375 on Space Station Deep Space Nine.
"We are that extraordinary measure."
"There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!" Unknown 20th century Earth alien monitoring agent
Division Chief : Colonel Calhoun
Pave Zodiac Insert/Extraction Shuttle Pilot
Call sign - Prowler
Badlands - (Cardassian Sector and DMZ)
Inter Arma Silent Leges
(In times of arms the law falls silent)
In times of extreme threat, extraordinary measures may be taken. - Starfleet Charter, Article 14, Section 31