A bracing, expansive, and timely meditation on the implications of the Declaration for us today.

One quibble: President Obama did not deny bin Laden due process; the terrorist decided to deny himself those rights. If he had been interested in due process, bin Laden had a decade after 9/11 to turn himself in to the UN, the US, or any other government. Instead, he decided to remain a fugitive from international justice. His decision to hole up up in a compound with other armed terrorists forced Obama to deploy military forces to seize him. During the raid, bin Laden forced the SEALs to remain in a military posture by deciding to resist (fleeing and cowering behind one of his wives, using her as a human shield). If bin Laden had instead raised his hands, called out his surrender, and directed his associates not to resist, then he might have been taken alive and accorded due process. Given that bin Laden comprehensively violated the human rights of the 3,000 Americans he had murdered on 9/11, there was a modicum of ideological consistency in his decision to deny himself due process.

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