For those who aren’t familiar with The Milgram Shock Experiment, it was an experiment to see how far would people go to hurt someone merely because some one they perceived as an authoritative figure told them to do it?
Surprisingly to the obliviously raised-in-a-bomb-shelter researchers that the vast majority of participants were willing to deliver the lethal voltage. More were willing to flip the switch on women than on men.
In 1963, Milgram examined justifications for acts of genocide offered by those accused at the World War II, Nuremberg War Criminal trials. Their defense often was based on “obedience” – that they were just following orders from their superiors.
The same could happen today. If certain people of influence orders something done it will carried out with no questions asked. Many people follow orders and do not ask why? They simply do it because a particularly person said so.