That's actually what Snowden did. He was in Hong Kong (which had a good reputation for providing asylum) when the revelations went public. He didn't anticipate that the US could successfully lean on Hong Kong to deny him.
He ended up in Russia because he was in transition there when his visas expired. Putin has been generous, probably on the grounds that he's an enemy of my enemy, also that he embarrasses the US.
Heaven forbid the US and Russia establish benevolent relations before Snowden gets pardoned.
That justice is not had in the United States legal system, rather it is and continues to be an engine by which status quo is preserved, and revenge is exacted on those who cross those who have power, even if action was taken for benign or even noble reasons.
This nation is not the United States I was promised as a child. I resent it every day.
TOS featured a lot of writers who were not Gene Roddenberry, which lead to quite a bit of inconsistency.
Indeed, Roddenberry imagined a future in which we had long since gotten over our Puritan sexual hang-ups (A common theme in 50s and 60s sci-fi), but the 60s writers weren't comfortable with that (Nor were the 80s - 90s writers of TNG) and TOS and TNG ended up only emphasizing how insecure we are.
Star Trek gained a lot -- as with most creative works -- standing on the shoulders of giants.
...no matter how corrupt or damaging or inflated they are.
Just look at all of law enforcement with regards to civil forfeiture.
The labels have been not just poor custodians of the music industry but outright heinous in how they actually treat content-creators.
The sorts like Prince or Roger Waters or Gene Simmons who actually made their bank are the exceptions. Buried in the ground on which they stand are the countless artists who never saw a penny for their work getting publicity.
And the RIAA still has the gall to say that they support the artists.
PS: They'll lie without hesitation in defense of their methods, so don't expect any of their numbers to be fact-checked.
Unlike the Nile, which flooded every single year on schedule without a hitch, the rivers of South America would dry up frequently, and stay dried for years, sometimes decades at a time.
And famine and pestilence followed. Which ruined the rest of that generation for everyone.
And so, unlike the Egyptian pantheon, which were pretty durned laid back as far as gods go, South American gods were big on the death and eating worshipers like potato chips.
When one of them, say Huitzilopochtli did notice you, you had best be showing your best contrition and piety all the while carving the beating heart out of some nice sports-star's (or virgin's) chest. If you weren't or didn't snap right to it, he'd start getting smitey really fast.
Not that this is related to anything, I mean when an official around here in the United States gets to coveting your land or your spouse or is worried about what you know, or you just cut him off on the freeway on a bad day and he's feeling particularly vengeful, and he happened to remember your make and model and first three letters of your plate... well, expect the Einsatzgruppen to come a'knockin'
I think I'm saying that in America it's a good idea to lay really low.
It could happen in the physical world. While our safes are far (far, far) from impenetrable (Thanks to heat lances they're more vulnerable than ever), it would be possible to design a safe that thermited its contents once it detected a penetration attempt.
Currently we use layers of safety glass (the stuff that shatters into tiny fragments) holding open a trigger (usually to seal the vault shut to buy time). Make it, instead, trigger a payload, and you have a secure vault in the physical realm.
Highly illegal, I'm sure, but probably used in the underground.