Great pic - now, I've never tried jackbooted thugdom, but aren't you supposed to pull the ski mask down far enough so's you can see out of it?
Ski mask + Weapon = Criminal
Unfortunately it is the nature of bureaucracies to create a problem, or let a current problem fester, to become the solution, to establish more control. This so often happens in politics as well. Just insert politics in place of bureaucracies.
Now I am not saying all bureaucracies or politicians are like this but I am saying that they gravitate toward this end result as it is the path of least resistance.
By nailing the little guys it creates job security as the big problems become larger as they are left alone. The real problem is still around justifying the need for more control by the bureaucracy(politicians).