One of the tools available to institutional authority is the threat of violence (State sponsored terrorism).
Security forces, Police, martial law, and Military has that role of obeying orders and harming or threatening the people.
Both the Uniform worn and the written obligations (contract) has psychological effects that I will not talk about here, but they have been researched and documented, below are but 3 studies out of many.
1. The Stanford prison experiment by Professor Philip Zimbardo 1971
3. Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
Harvard Student Paper April 2010
People in uniform and offices of authority will have the choice to quit the job or obey destructive and inhumane orders.
Unrest, dissent, public protest are on the rise in the USA and here are some statistical data that you will find interesting.
See Gallup.com on Americans’ views on the role and performance of government.
A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.
82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.
57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.
53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.
Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.
49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.
“Confidence in Congress hit a new low this month, with 31% of Americans saying they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the legislative branch, lower than the percentage confident in the executive (47%) or judicial (63%) branch.”
Apart from a brief rally in public approval of Congress after the 9/11 attacks, Congress’ job approval rating has followed a similar path, declining sharply since about 2000. The 15% of Americans approving of Congress in the September poll is just two percentage points above the all-time low reached twice in the past year.
Public Officials Held in Low Esteem
Americans’ confidence in the people who run for or serve in office is also at a new low; however, the decline has been more recent, dropping from 66% in 2008 to 49% in 2009 and 45% today. For most of the history of this trend, Americans had much more positive views of those seeking or holding public office, but that changed in 2009, and the balance of opinion has since remained more negative than positive.
Americans Particularly Critical of Domestic Policy
At 43%, fewer Americans today than at any time in the past four decades say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems. That is significantly lower than the 58% average level of confidence Gallup has found on this since 1972, including a 77% reading shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Gallup did not ask the question between 1976 and 1997, however, and thus may have missed low points during the recessions that occurred in the early 1980s or at the time of the House banking scandal in the early ’90s.
By contrast, faith in Washington to handle international problems (57%) is currently better than the 51% all-time low recorded in 2007, during the Iraq war, and not far off from the 65% average seen since 1972.
Nearly Half Now Say Government Poses Immediate Threat
Americans’ sense that the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals’ rights and freedoms is also at a new high, 49%, since Gallup began asking the question using this wording in 2003. This view is much more pronounced among Republicans (61%) and independents (57%) than among Democrats (28%), although when George W. Bush was president, Democrats and independents were more likely than Republicans to view government as a threat.
Some politicians have spoken about the global movement (civil unrest) that poses a threat to the governments but they recognize it as a “Leaderless Movement”.
This is problematic as governments would like to have a face and a target to oppose and label as the ENEMY. If the dissention is from grandmothers and the general public, then what? Is that cause for Martial Law and a totalitarian rule by a police state? Will police & military be able to torture their own in today’s environment of personal communication?
Imagine a cop returns home after long hours of arresting protesters only to hear that his daughter is jailed as a protester…
When is it time to leave the uniform?
When is it time to quit the public office of authority?
When is it time to stop complying with a system of abuse and destruction?