The line between corporate and government has been severely blurred. It shouldn't be hard for you find retired operatives making statements on how they were doing the bidding of corporations far too often when that was not supposed to be their job. If you mess with the wrong private people or corps, you'll start feeling that force. There are so many things to choose from that you have to be really severe to have them pull out the big guns. Most threats can be squashed with proportional measures... there is probably a whole handbook of guidelines on measured responses.
People wonder why the USA ignores any law and gets foreign governments to ignore their own laws... You don't need force, you can use the CIA and NSA to wield the extremely powerful weapon of information. Just look at how Wikileaks and Snowden illustrate that "soft" power to upturn any EU legal system; the ones who do the bidding would go to jail if their actions were not sanctioned; thus, providing the illusion that the system works.
The good side of democracy is the public is not so easily suckered by legal technical trickery (but instead by many other kinds) and if the people don't buy an idiotic technical argument it won't work. Do not let them talk you out of your own ability to reason. There are technicalities (the letter) and then there are distortions of intent (the meaning.)