When John Ross wrote his seminal Unintended Consequences, people accused him of being overly dramatic. After all, ATF agents wouldn’t frame people or commit murder, right? When Matt Bracken wrote Enemies Foreign and Domestic series, most readers thought the idea of ATF committing and facilitating mass murder far-fetched, and certainly didn’t expect militarized TSA roadblocks all over America.
The trouble with fiction is that it has to remain plausible. Stupidity and abuse of power have no such restrictions. We have plenty of examples from other countries to suggest that this misconduct will escalate until they either run out of victims (Rwanda and Burundi in 1993-94), get killed by people acting in self-defense (the fate of quite a few redcoats around 1780s) or rescued by foreign invasion (as was the case with Pol Pot’s Cambodia, 1979). I wonder how this will play out with ATF and TSA. It’s already disturbing that the only reason their depredations came to light was the killing of another Fed. The press paid no attention while only regular people were being murdered or wrongfully imprisoned.