Sloan: Our official designation is Section 31. We keep a low profile. Works out better that way for all concerned. We search out and identify potential dangers to the Federation. Once they're identified, we deal with them.
Sloan: Quietly. Section 31 was part of the original Starfleet charter. We don't submit reports or ask for specific approvals. We are an autonomous department.
Bashir: But the original Starfleet charter was created over 200 years ago. You're telling me you've been working on our own ever since? Without specific orders? Accountable to nobody but yourselves?
Sloan: You make it sound so ominous.
Bashir: You and your friends function as judge, jury and executioners, and that's too much power for any department.
Sloan: I admit, it takes exceptional people to do what we do, people who can sublimate their ambitions to the best interests of the Federation - people like you.