The latter is closer to the truth, as it scares off other would be informants or whistle blowers. This is just one of many stories of torture and/or murder. Most people have no idea what is really going on in the world as they are lulled by spin and propoganda.
But more and more info is comming out, which is why tyrannical rule is very close to being instated by utilizing police state measures (featuring FEMA camps which can literally hold millions of mainstream americans guarded by mercenaries...foreign troops). This is necessary due to civillians, who will at some point, wake up en masse and retaliate. Also the internet will become more and more controlled. The New World Order is ready to take their tyranny to the next level of total enslavement. There are many layers to their continued domination of the planet.
Mind control is but one very powerful tool used by these people. There is much more to this than I will get into here. All I can do is suggest reading as much as possible and connecting dots. The picture fills in more and more when you take the time to study. The middle ground that most people get hung up in is the left vs right issue. It is illusionary. The globalists contol any substantial candidates. Noone ever get's into a position of poer unless you have been groomed by these tyrannts. NOONE!!!!