I seem to remember a little episode called 'The Enterprise Incident' where Kirk and his merry men went on a Starfleet sanctioned escapade to steal a cloaking device from an enemy power that almost allowed Spock to get his freak on with a Romulan. Not to mention an episode much later where the Federation tried to abrogate a Treaty it had signed in order to develop a piece of technology it was banned from developing by said treaty.
Let's not get started on the secret matter of genocide. Picards pro-Federation stance is admirable but at times he seems remarkably ignorant of the Federations activities. Well, when you're a well fed and luxuriously kept Federation Captain you can afford to have high principles I guess.
But I don't need to comment on the deficiencies of INS. Roger Ebert did it so much more succinctly.
'If the Apocalypse starts, beep me!' - Buffy Summers
'The sky's the limit.....' Jean-Luc Picard, 'All Good Things'
courtesy of Saquist