I'm sure you've all heard the facts on the news, but for anyone just emerging from under a rock: - Osama's house was 8 times the size of its neighbors, with 12+ foot high walls topped with barbed wire - Despite being a million dollar compound in an upper middle class suburb, the house had no internet connection, no phone line, and the residents burned their trash rather than putting it out for collection - It was in a town containing Pakistani military bases and training grounds, and was within walking distance of the Pakistani equivalent of West Point. Many retired Pakistani military officials, including generals, live in the town Look here: Did Pakistan help hide bin Laden? - The Week So, do you think the Pakistani government (or elements within) was hiding him? Is it even possible that Pakistan could have missed this hiding place? If they legitimately didn't know bin Laden was hiding under their noses, does this imply that Pakistani intelligence is incompetent, and that we should exert more autonomy when searching for terrorists in the region? Or is this all 20/20 hindsight? I'll start with my opinion: somebody in the Pakistani government, most likely in the military and/or intelligence community, was protecting bin Laden. I don't think it was necessarily a high-ranking person, certainly nobody whose name we've heard yet in the west, but nobody would be ballsy enough to build that compound smack in the middle of a Pakistani military town without some assurance that the government wouldn't look into suspicious activity there.