3-US top court declares Guantanamo tribunals illegal
"[This] sends a clear message to President Bush that he cannot act unilaterally to create a system of law from thin air."
- Amnesty International
Washington, DC - In a sharp rebuke of President George W. Bush's tactics in the war on terrorism, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as illegal the military tribunal system set up to try Guantanamo prisoners.
By a 5-3 vote, the nation's highest court declared that the tribunals, which Bush created right after the Sept. 11 attacks, violated the Geneva Conventions and U.S. military rules.