The psychological study, yes, demonstrates a known human bias.
And it's one of the explanations for why IP owners hate pirates more than they like the profits they make from pirate activity. It gets worse since people often don't have a true idea of what is fair (e.g. often conflating legal for right) hence we even get gazillionaires believing they earned their wealth, IP trolls believing they deserve their profits and companies whose business model is exploiting legal loopholes being believed to provide a real service in proportion to their profits.
The virtue of a gun is that someone twice your size can't have his way with you, and that your rival's two buddies will think twice before backing his play.
It's not protection against a posse comitatus, unless you can muster one of your own. So no, our freedoms are not safe when our law enforcement are willing (eager, even) to gun down their fellow Americans.
The justice system doesn't even use forensics to detect culprits.
They choose their culprits and then seek out evidence to convict them. When a suspect is acquitted, they assume he escape justice through a technicality. It doesn't even occur to them that they got the wrong guy in the first place.
They certainly don't re-open the case and look for other suspects.
So why do we regard acquittals as false and evasion, but regard convictions as absolute, enough that we can doom them to a heinously cruel penal system?
We need to completely change how we investigate, and then refine our forensic science accordingly.
Pirates and emperors: Our state policies are more monstrous than the crimes of those trapped in the system.
And we need to change our penal system to include the presumption we probably got the wrong guy and he's there to be reformed and contained, but doesn't necessarily deserve punishment.
Considering the magnitudes of idiocy done in the name of parenting, I can understand the arguments that there might be limits.
Considering that US culture seems to hate promiscuous girls and boys who don't fight (when outsized and outnumbered), I can understand an argument for a child's privacy rights being violated by his or her parents.
I got lucky, but I know people who didn't and there should be a vector for redress for them, and there isn't.
Lord is a position of power. In early feudalism they extorted the serfs by demanding tribute at swordpoint with a loose promise that they would defend them against other raiders. Only time and collusion with the clergy gave them legitimacy, but do imagine for an instant their vassals consented to rule.
The situation hasn't changed here. I agree, this man is criminal. But by there being no available legal redress, it dispells the notion that anyone in that county lives under the rule of law.
Instead, they live by the whimsy of those in power. Call them what you want, but they are essentially feudal lords with the power of pit and gallows behind them.
And still, no one consents to their rule, but instead capitulates under their sollerets.
I've been hearing sentiments like this a lot that we get the government we deserve and if we're taking into consideration a human sense of justice, that's bullshit. Those of us without power are still trying to work out just government. It's just very prone to bugs and exploits.
The thief wasn't elected as a thief. He was elected as the best option available to do a job. We can't say rival candidates would be any better. The voting taxpayers we're not aware this guy was going to abuse this system. They barely comprehend that the system is so readily ripe for abuse via asset forfeiture. We're still shaken up about the notion that murderous police officers just don't go to jail. Ever.
The voters who put this guy in office deserve to pay the way a mouse deserves to be eaten by a cat (The cat out-detects, out-runs and out-fights the mouse by far). If you believe the natural order is what we deserve, that applies to everyone:
~ Every American buried in rubble by a terrorist got what they deserved.
~ Every innocent man, woman and child gunned down by law enforcement got what they deserved.
~ Every European Jew incinerated by the German purge got what they deserved.
~ Every Cambodian little girl taking dick as a trafficked sex slave is getting what she deserves
~ Similarly, by that same logic, every unprosecuted rapist, every gluttonous dictator, every escaped Nazi, every golden-parachuted executive and every slush-funded running-dog politician who sells out his constituents all get what they deserve.
It's not a just world.
But the only reason we know that is because we have a sense of what a just world looks like. (Exempli gratia, none of the above examples.)
People in power consistently abuse that power. The exceptions are rare.
We deserve better, and that outrage we feel is because we know that. We haven't worked out how to get the society we deserve. It may not even be possible. But we know that this isn't it. We know that in this society, deserve is an infinitesimal facter in what people get. We know we want something else. Almost anything else.
Perhaps you feel we should be taking more direct action. Only toppling tyrants takes time and energy, and costs more lives than we have to give. And each time we get it wrong there are new bosses same as the old bosses that require more spilled blood to overcome. There's a stong disincentive to do anything but lay low.
We may be resigned to hide for now, until an insurrection has a chance in Hell, but that isn't to say we deserve these circumstances. Otherwise we'd be teaching our kids that they're fucked, and they should be thankful for their lot as wage slaves. At least they're not trafficked sex slaves. We certainly wouldn't be lying to them about Anyone can be President! Even you!
No, we deserve better. Just because we don't know how to get it doesn't mean we deserve it less.
Ah the old "that's not really whistleblowing" trick.
By discounting what was revealed we can decide who is or isn't a whistleblower thereby denying protections to someone who tried to reveal corruption and sedition to the public.
That way doubt is instilled in other potential whistleblowers as to whether or not their revelations will be regarded as whistleblowey enough to be worthy of protection from those entities who were embarrassed and will seek to retaliate.
That should chill them off and keep them in their proper place.
Sadly, the step-up-the-torture candidate is still strong in the polls.
I am ashamed of my nation and species to say that yes, there are too many people too shortsighted to understand why condoning torture is a bad thing. They even endorse it on the notion that bad guys are easily delineable.
When will they ever learn / The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
This reminds me of a bit in Bill, The Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
Bill is at one point in isolated lockup and he notices his room has a hook on the ceiling, that and his flimsy disposable (paper) prison jumper came with a robust belt, giving him the clear option to hang himself.
And Bill smiled to himself because that meant he still had options, because someone would rather he just snuffed it. If he did, it would be tidier mess than some other he could still make while alive. Bill just needed to figure out what that mess was, and he'd have some collateral with which to negotiate his way out.
"they would only kill a small number of Americans."
That is what we generally expect from any demographic, including the local ones. Any sufficiently large population is going to contain some people who are murderous enough or clumsy enough or drunk enough to destroy someone else.
In fact, first generation immigrants tend to have a lower rate of violent crime, whether they are Syrian or Mexican or Italian.
Unless you're looking at the English colonials. They were particularly harsh on the native population when they moved in. And the societies they've erected haven't yet properly apologized to the nations they displaced.
...both together would be ridiculously cheap. I bet if we scuppered the CIA drone strike program (which is useless except for massacring civilians) we'd have enough for both relief programs and to send some officials on a junket to Vegas.