What's good for the goose is good for the gander--unless you happen to be the kind that cooks the goose.
And to the extremes of excessive, unaccountable power, Chomsky says:
For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.
I might understand such abuses (even crimes) if the abusers are aliens but if finally they're just folks like me and you, what gives the right-
STOP RIGHT THERE!
Actually, they don't really care about rights.
No, they don't....
And what appears to be, actual or real, is more the opposite; a contradiction, a crime-based conundrum or corruption and--dare I say it--"CONSPIRACY".
George Orwell knew all too well, from 1984:
The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises of/in double-think.What then is this thing called "double-think"?
From Wikipedia, it is:
A process of indoctrination whereby the subject (us) is expected to accept as truth that which is clearly false or to simultaneously accept two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in contravention to one's own memories or sense of reality.And some conditions for double-think from Spark Notes:
By weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear, they are able to force others to accept anything, even if it is entirely illogical—for instance,Just Do It because you know you should, you know you must and you know you will no matter what common sense says or what wisdom whispers or what/when conscience calls or your mind murmurs.