The ruling was more significant than I realized. And, to think, they're stopping Bush from using evidence gathered by coercion or hearsay and requiring him to be civilized. What audacity the court has! Bush be civilized? He's a frickin' chimp for crying out loud! http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/30/washington/30hamdan.html WASHINGTON, June 29 Ã¢â¬â The Supreme Court on Thursday repudiated the Bush administration's plan to put GuantÃÂ¡namo detainees on trial before military commissions, ruling broadly that the commissions were unauthorized by federal statute and violated international law. ... The courtroom was, surprisingly, not full, but among those in attendance there was no doubt they were witnessing a historic event, a defining moment in the ever-shifting balance of power among branches of government that ranked with the court's order to President Richard M. Nixon in 1974 to turn over the Watergate tapes, or with the court's rejection of President Harry S. Truman's seizing of the nation's steel mills, a 1952 landmark decision from which Justice Anthony M. Kennedy quoted at length. ... The provision requires humane treatment of captured combatants and prohibits trials except by "a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized people." The opinion made it clear that while this provision does not necessarily require the full range of protections of a civilian court or a military court-martial, it does require observance of protections for defendants that are missing from the rules the administration has issued for military commissions. The flaws the court cited were the failure to guarantee the defendant the right to attend the trial and the prosecution's ability under the rules to introduce hearsay evidence, unsworn testimony, and evidence obtained through coercion.