We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to violence on our behalf.”

             That quote has been applicable since almost the beginning of time; certainly since the formation of nation states. The most well-known example of modern times will celebrate its anniversary this month, five years after assaulters from SEAL Team 6 conducted a daring mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.

It was a moonless night on May 2, 2011 when the squadron of SEALs infiltrated Pakistani air space in two stealth Blackhawks and took out the terrorist with a double tap to the head. What’s unique in this case is that we know those specifics, and even some of the names and faces of the men behind the op.

We know the night was moonless from former SEAL Team 6 operator Matt Bissonnette’s book “No Easy Day,” where he described the mission in detail. We know it was a bullet to the head from his SEAL teammate Rob O’Neil, who revealed on 60 Minutes that he was the one to fire those first deadly shots. We know that the Blackhawks were stealth after one of the choppers used in the raid crashed and our administration had to scramble to recover the top-secret technology. We even know that it was SEAL Team 6 because the president, to that group’s dismay, publicly admitted it, even releasing official White House photographs of President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in the Situation Room as they spoke with Admiral (SEAL) William McRaven during the mission.