Understanding how your company operates is important, and frequently rules go unlearned until they are accidentally broken. Whatever your own workplace rule is, it's there for a reason and meant to be followed.
There are smoking guns for our prisoner abuse everywhere but people pretend they don't exist. How many torture memos does an administration have to promulgate before the public gets the idea they are promulgating torture?
Just saw Errol Morris' Abu Ghraib documentary and it blew me away: the focussed concentration on the soldiers narrating those infamous pictures, each soldier framed alone on a wide-screen, calm and expressive.