Ex-CIA Officer Reveals Why Bystanders Do Nothing In Bad Situations

A former CIA officer said people have turned inward and are no longer willing to help others. Jason Hanson spoke of the recent run-in that actor Ian Ziering had with a group of mini-bikers in Hollywood, and Hanson said Ziering should have stayed in his car and not confronted the group.

Mr. Ziering got into an altercation with a group of bikers who he said were knocking their vehicles into people’s cars and causing damage. He confronted them only to be faced with potential violence, so he left the scene. He blamed the bikers’ behavior on a consequence-free society where people face no punishment, and called on the Los Angeles police department to take action.

Hanson said the incident is indicative of an increasingly violent culture, which he blamed on the lack of consequences for bad behavior. “You hear the stories all the time, is somebody going in a store, and they’re robbing and looting the store, and they get a slap on the wrist, or they’re not prosecuted,” Hanson said.

The self-defense instructor explained why people are no longer willing to help each other in difficult or dangerous situations. The first reason is they are afraid, he said. He also warned that a litigious society has caused people to avoid becoming involved because they fear lawsuits and indulge in self-protection.

Mr. Hanson advises people on what to do if they become victims of crime, including America’s fastest-growing crime – carjacking. Hanson said simple measures such as correctly aligning car mirrors could save your life. If you can see your car in your side mirrors, they are not aligned correctly, and if carjackers notice this, they can use it to sneak up on your vehicle, he said.

In a carjacking situation, Hanson also said a driver should keep a safe distance from cars in front, as this improves chances of escape, and finally, keep tires 10% flatter than recommended, as this gives more road traction and makes getaway easier.