30 Aug '12, 10am

The Bin Laden killing was legal - despite the new revelations

LTC Bracknell, there are three questions that must be raised and re-examined in light of the revelations, if true, as reported by Bissonette. One question is that of legality; the others are questions of strategy and justice and morality. You have approached only the first question and, in doing so, have omitted a key part of Bisonette's account, which I will get to later. The question of whether it was lawful to kill an unarmed, unthreatening bin Laden can only be answered with reference to the specific Rules of Engagement, presumably cleared through the unit JAG and maybe the Pentagon for this mission, under which the SEALs were operating that night. If the ROE were as restrictive as the ROE for most forces, both conventional and non-conventional, operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, then bin Laden would have had to present a direct-threat and hostile intent to the Team, p...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/revelations-on-the-k...

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