James T. Kirk, founder of the Kirk cabal

The Kirk Cabal was a loosely-organized group of Federation Starfleet officers dedicated to tracking and opposing the activities of the shadow organization within Starfleet known as Section 31. (TOS - Section 31 novel: Cloak)


The group was founded in 2269 when Federation Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk of the starship USS Enterprise uncovered the existence of Section 31 following the Lantaru sector disaster. (TOS - Section 31 novel: Cloak)

(Much like Section 31, Kirk's own cabal against them was a secret from Starfleet and the Federation at large, and they too used many of the same methods of obfuscation and secrecy as their enemies to avoid their resistance to the activities of Section 31 becoming public, and like Section 31 their numbers increased only by means of invitation.)

In 2375, the Kirk Cabal's numbers were very small. Amongst its members were Elias Vaughn and Julian Bashir. (DS9 - Section 31 novel: Abyss)

Later John Taggart joined as well. In 2377 on stardate 54973.4, Typhuss James Halliwell joined the Kirk Cabal. (Star Trek: Intrepid)

With the public exposure and subsequent end of Section 31 in the early 25th century, it is likely that the Kirk Cabal was also disbanded. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)