COURT cases are often cures for insomnia, but every so often a lawsuit is an eye-opening journey through the looking glass. One of those is suddenly upon us — and we should be thankful because it finally provides an unfiltered look at our government.
You may not know about this case, but you should. Called Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, it illustrates the extremism driving the policies being made in the public’s name.
The first thing you should know about this case is that it is simply about a man who wants to know why his grandson is dead. That’s right. In this age of endless war, a grandfather named Nasser Al-Aulaqi is having to go to court to try to compel the US government to explain why it killed his grandson in a drone strike although the 16-year-old American citizen was never convicted of a crime.