Do you people even know what a spy is or does? According to some of you, you need proof that someone is an enemy within before you can spy. Yet, the the whole purpose of being a counter-spy is to identify the enemy spy. So it is simply illogical to suggest spying must come after the revelation when spying is what is to produce the answer. The Jedi aren't spying to sell secrets to the enemy. The Jedi are spying to uncover the enemy within. You spy based on suspicion. If you had concrete evidence there would be no need to spy at all. Your backwards logic is amusing. And you cannot risk relying on the democratic process when... 1. There is suspicion the senate is also under the influence of the enemy - their could be spies at any level; the Jedi don't know where the sith is positioned exactly... he could be a senator, a guard, an aid to Palpatine, etc. 2. The democratic process is eroded to the degree that the Senate no longer has control and all that remains are puppet courts. The Senate can't even bring the issue of further dimplomacy to a vote that would lead to results because of the Chancellor's emergency powers overriding everything the Senate does. They have to form another committee and turn in a petition that is ignored. MON MOTHMA: Why bother? As a practical matter the Senate no longer exists. BAIL ORGANA: It has become increasingly clear to many of us that the Chancellor has become an enemy of democracy. GIDDEAN DANU: Senator, I fear you underestimate the amount of corruption that has taken hold in the Senate. So guys, go pay attention to the cut scenes. The Senate is incapable of preserving the democracy. Bail and his colleagues are forming the Alliance. They're "traitors" as well... Traitors in the same sense as the Jedi, they are trying to remove the Sith influence over corrupt senators in office, and based on the disturbance in the Force, the chancellor as well. There is no longer any process other than a covert operation that will discover the sith plot and root out the enemy. SNAP!