This is J. Edgar Hoover's dream come true. Edward Murrow must be turning over in his grave.
According to studies where subjects were asked to administer (what they took for) electric shocks to individuals who produced wrong answers, even when the amperage went to dangerous levels, many continued to administer these shocks. (Studies were done by Stanley Milgram.)
Researchers deduced that many people will follow orders even when those orders produce discernible harm or pain to other persons.
The curious mind probes further. Why is this so?
My answer is patriarchy and its worship of the all-knowing father figure.
From the time a child is born (presuming they are born into a typical 2-parent family... which is no longer the norm), they will see the mother generally succumbing to the father and in Conservative households, the father's word taken for law. Obedience is deeply conditioned as a result.
In schools, usually a male principal wields authority over mostly female teachers.
In the military, commands move on down the line from the macho decorated war hero commander to the boys positioned there both for economic necessity AND to prove their manhood (within a society quite conditioned to militarism, itself, or what I brand as "Mars rules.")
In the business/job world, this same pattern of (male) authority calling the shots is pervasive.
When so much centers on following leaders, and this protocol is even more pronounced within patriarchal houses of worship, most people will demonstrate how well they have been conditioned to following authority.
Thus this is less a problem of human nature as much as it is a problem of human conditioning.
I find it mortifying that these so-called journalists are so blatantly exposing their inner J. Edgar Hoovers... and that they would hold up the skull of those who have more bravery, courage, and respect for the ideals this nation was founded upon in their fists, than these automatons have in their entire souls.
But here's the thing: We ARE in a time of lock-down. If the permitting of torture, the false case for aggressive wars, the likely false flag, and the muscular force of the surveillance state don't convince people that this is indeed the case, they are delusional.
Thus it makes sense that anyone with a seat in media or a prized column in a major newspaper is going to show their fealty to today's Fourth Reich. These maniacs WANT a New World Order based on absolute centralized control and by making laws that eviscerate the sovereignty of nations (TPP and TIPP), they are advancing that aim.
Already a handful of bankers control U.S. funds; and a handful of pharmaceutical companies control medicine; and a handful of broadcast companies own and control media, and a handful of agricultural entities control far too much of the nation's food supply.
That is the protocol.
In times like this when one watches those who have the witness of history as their guide still repeat the most damning of human acts... it's good to believe in Universal Justice, i.e. the law of karma. Everyone will have to answer for their acts in accord with that Universal Law.
Snowden, Assange, Manning, Drake, Kiriakou... and others are on the side of the angels. Their Light is a blessing to a world shrouded in the darkness of dark powers who take themselves for omnipotent. They are not. The foundations upon which their temples to themselves were built are crumbling. Earth Mother is active in this great dissolution.
Watch for falling debris.