Cunning deceit, false charges, made-up evidence and learned lawyers

Cunning deceit, false charges, made-up evidence and learned lawyers. This Book of Mormon’s description sounds like the current policy towards declared homeland terrorists and whistleblowers:

13 Nevertheless, there were some among them who thought to question them, that by their cunning devices they might catch them in their words, that they might find witness against them, that they might deliver them to their judges that they might be judged according to the law, and that they might be slain or cast into prison, according to the crime which they could make appear or witness against them.

14 Now it was those men who sought to destroy them, who were lawyers, who were hired or appointed by the people to administer the law at their times of trials, or at the trials of the crimes of the people before the judges.

15 Now these lawyers were learned in all the arts and cunning of the people; and this was to enable them that they might be skilful in their profession. — Alma 10:13-15