Control is the only thing that matters, methods are not important. Efficiency is what counts in the end. Exploit those you can, every advantage is critical. History is written by the victors.
Distrusting of the civilian Detapa Council, the Central Command, along with the Obsidian Order is where the true power lies.
The Obsidian Order is the primary intelligence agency of the Cardassian Union. One of the most ruthless and efficient organizations in the quadrant. Every power, including Cardassians themselves, fear this secretive organisation.