The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."   Legal scholars and courts have been wrangling for more than a year over whether the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' phone records — a program first disclosed to the public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 — violates those protections. Some legal experts disagree over whether the record collection even qualifies as a search or seizure, and, if it does, whether collecting those records is "unreasonable" or requires a warrant.

He suggests that Pakistan must have decided to turn over bin Laden to repair a relationship that had reached a low ebb. "Pakistan felt this was the appropriate time to play the Osama card, which is to say, 'Let the Americans go after him,' " says Ahmed, who chairs the Islamic studies program at American University. "The trigger was U.S.-Pakistan relations. If ever there was a time, this was it." Pakistan's Tough Spot Ahmed's speculations may not be borne out as the full story of the operation becomes clearer. More analysts suggests that the U.S. kept Pakistan in the dark about the operation because of existing levels of distrust between the countries. But Ahmed's statements do suggest something about the complexities of the bilateral relationship and the difficulty in which the Pakistanis now find themselves.

Many Pakistani commentators are already complaining that the U.S. action represents what they consider another violation against the nation's sovereignty, following the long U.S. campaign of armed drone attacks against targets within the country. And because the U.S. is unpopular in Pakistan, suggests Farzana Shaikh, a fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, Pakistan has to play down any part it may have played in assisting the American effort. "Pakistan has to say it's purely a U.S. operation," says Shaikh. "While it would like the Emergency Light Manufacturers to acknowledge its role in fighting terrorism, it has to be more restrained in promoting its own role because of fierce anti-American sentiment within Pakistan.