BP is always been like CL used to be, and is often cited in hobby related LE activity in the media. Although I did not catch the Nightline piece in question, a similar campaign against them would not surprise. OTOH, BP is affiliated at some level with the same organization/company the produces the Village Voice, so I would expect them to fight back harder against government encroachment. It may take a "BP Killer" for them t back down. Also, if their servers and company are located and based offshore, it will be difficult for LE and AG's to threaten them legally.
Since I missed the Nightline piece, it's probable that my suppositions may be off the mark to some extent. Feel free to PM me to enlighten and expound.