Here is an old article from 1976 about how this same thing was being done in the Soviet Union (with the unstated assumption that such a thing would not happen in the west). Keeping in mind that the "communist" Soviet Union was financed by Wall Street, it is not really a surprise that the same atrocities are now being committed, 35 years later, in what until not too long ago was referred to as the "free world."
In other words, intelligent people may be more likely to perceive something wrong with a world structure-of-things that's completely corrupted and criminal. So the Powers that Be need a mechanism by which to neutralize such potential troublemakers, should they get out of line. Simple as that. Stories like this simply evidence the fact that the so-called "corporate" (i.e. "private") media is in fact covertly state-controlled (along with just about every other major "corporate" institution of any significance).
Next, a one-minute clip from the film Peaceful Warrior that seems to fit nicely here: