(NEWSER) – On Wednesday, the New York Times published a fascinating story on the four government lawyers who secretly cleared the way for the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

It's one of the few stories behind the raid that hasn't been told before and relies on largely anonymous interviews with former and current officials. According to the Times, the lawyers—Stephen Preston, Mary DeRosa, James Crawford, and Jeh Johnson—were responsible for devising legal justifications for each step and potential outcome of the raid, especially if—in their words—it went "terribly badly."

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