He used other nation states to cover his activities and mask the movement of his operatives. The United States had every right therefore to eliminate him as a threat to US national security as he was an enemy, non state combatant; his actions prevented him from enjoying the rights to become a prisoner of war or enjoy the rights of an international criminal. Osama Bin Laden set an unprecedented set of a key ground rules to frame US retaliation against him, and other future international non state player extremists that exist and may emerge in the future.

President Obama fulfilled his sworn constitutional duty to “ Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States against all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”.

Dr. Anthony Wells is a Non Practicing Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. He is the Chief Executive Officer of a US National Security Company in the Washington DC area that works for the US government. The views expressed in this article are solely his.