Those who serve to protect, abuse.
The parallels between the social services here and the TSA in the US are intriguing.
Both are a result of trusting government.
Oh, and I should point out some of the major differences between the SS and the TSA:
The TSA are driven by a mission to protect the people of the state.
The SS are driven by government targets.
The TSA are reasonably open about what they are doing, even to the point of a slightly shoddy blog (http://blog.tsa.gov
) where apparently >90% of comments get through.
The SS are the most secretive arm of the state, threatening journalists who cover their area with prison.
The TSA apparently have problems with staff morale due to the clear knowledge that they're doing something unpopular.
The SS? Who knows how staff morale is?
If were ever I to come into a position of political power, I'd write a law to retroactively introduce the death penalty for those who had the power to stop wrongful child custody cases which end in removal of children. And I'll write it like the drug laws so that social service, police and child court staff involved in these cases have to prove they never had the power to stop this travesty. By Christ, there would be a full reckoning. I wonder if that would have an effect on staff morale?