Obama’s Legal Authority to Execute Operation Geronimo

Did President Obama have the legal authority to execute Operation Geronimo?

Operation Geronimo is the code name given to the raid conducted by the US Special Forces against Osama bin Laden’s safe house in Pakistan on May 1, 2011. Osama Bin Laden was killed during this operation. The operation was conducted by members of the US Navy SEAL Team Six, under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command, in conjunction with US Central Intelligence Agency operatives. Choose one side to persuade your reader of whether President Obama had or did not have the legal authority to order Operation Geronimo and to execute the plan.