SCOTUSblog’s analysis of the Hamdan ruling is today’s must-read. The ruling invalidates the special tribunals for Gitmo detainees that the administration attempted to create, as part of a larger ruling that Article 3 of the Geneva Convention applies to detainees. What that means, in short, is that the Supreme Court has ruled that torture is illegal.
You wouldn’t think the Supreme Court would have to make that ruling, but thank goodness they did. The US may have sunk deep, but we have not yet reached the bottom.