Is a big point anyway. Indepent auditing. That someone, somewhere, could say that the binary that my distribution gave me had a backdoor instead of the code they published (i.e. because forced by law to do and not disclose it), and that i even could check or rebuild it. With closed source you don't have that freedom, is even against the law to try to find that. And in current US pushed cyberwar state of things (they are trying this kind of things already), to have the possibility of independent auditing of the code you are running is what makes a difference against non open source software.
Is not that i actively will recompile all the software I use, but that if something wrong is happening, i will have the opportunity to know.
The sytem must keep working, at all cost. If what you are doing could affect that goal, probably will take it as something bad.
As sysadmin I resent when i got ordered to do something that will hurt the systems i administer in a "wrong" way (specially if there is a right, but dismissed without knowledge, way, to do the same with no or minimal impact), is not about the power that you have as sysadmin, but the responsibility.
Ok, you are right. There are laws, and they must be followed at all cost. Now, pick your state here, select from the list the one you broke up today, and go to jail by yourself now. I.e. if you live in new york, and if you wore slippers after 10pm, then you broke the law. See? Is easy to break dumb, malicious, tricky or just unfair laws in your everyday life, realizing it or not. Slavery or english monarchy in US was law, where the ones fighting against them traitors?
... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"