We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If bin Laden was under house arrest it must've been on the same model as incarceration in a Mexican prison. You can't go anywhere, but your people can still see you and receive instructions to relay to others on the outside.
I had considered the "special guest of Zardari" explanation, but it struck me that, had the military locked OBL up and the very unhappy citizenry learned of it, there was a chance we'd suddenly be watching a new Islamicist theocracy run by the newly-freed OBL sadly announcing the deaths of Zardari and his entire cabinet in six freakishly coincidental helicopter crashes.