That did get me thinking. Tel seems confident that with enough evidence it will "blow the lid of the whole thing". That would seem to suggest that he at least believes there is justice to be found and that the whole system isn't corrupt. It isn't clear at this point as Mad-Pac says if this is a truly evil regime to its core or a few people abusing power. If it is the second then Tel's reaction seems realistic. If it is the first is he naive or have things gotten much worse quite recently. It makes me think about how in Star Wars, Grand Moff Tarkin mentions that the Emperor has disbanded the senate, prompting one of the officers present to question how control will be maintained without the bureaucracy. A government can get away with a lot of evil if it citizens believe the facade that democracy is in place and their elected leaders are working on their behalf. I wonder where the Federation is on this spectrum.