The Lucifer Effect Writ Large
A copule years ago a book was published called The Lucifer Effect. It recorded a long-running experiment at Stanford University where some students were "prison guards" and other students were "inmates." To make a long storty short, the gaurds basically went power mad and a mini-Abu Gharib ensued. Things got very bad and the experiment was terminated because the "gaurds" were being so violent.
The reason I bring this up is because of all the recent reports about out-of-control police seriously injuring people with tasers, or even this new story about the MIT student with a "fake bomb" at Logan Airport. As mentioned in a previous post, I believe the United States is transforming into a "prison-state." The police are certainly acting like out-of-control prison guards to me.