According to this eye-opening Washington Post op-ed, in Vladimir Putin’s Russia it’s possible for government officials and well-connected individuals to commit crimes with impunity. I’m glad I don’t live in a country like that!
Here if the government were to ask telecom firms to illegally cooperate with an illegal surveillance operation, we’d ensure the rule of law continues to operate by changing the law so that complying with such requests will be legal in the future and also bestowing retroactive immunity on the cooperating firms. And if the Vice President’s top aide were convicted of a crime, the president would need to step in and commute his sentence. It’s these kind of procedures that keep our country safe and free!