6,743. 6/29/2006

On June 29, 2006, “the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the military commissions the [Bush] administration had created to try the Guantanamo detainees were illegal. The principal flaw, the Court said, was that the president had established them without authorization from Congress. It was [Vice President Dick] Cheney’s secret directive back in November 2001 that had created the commissions in the first place, and the ruling was a major blow to him as well as a sweeping setback for the administration.”

 – Elisabeth Bumiller, Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, Pages 296-297

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