When government officials become complacent in their sketchy, dishonest, or even illegal activities–they begin to make mistakes. They abusively use the tools of bureaucracy and law as shields and weapons against honest civil servants, reformers, whistleblowers and the rare decent–and independent–politician. These crooked bureaucrats feel protected. If necessary, they will make things up in order to destroy the honest people that the bureaucrats come to view as their enemies.
They are wrong.