A step back to the law, finally.
A Governing Philosophy Rebuffed: "In some ways, the ruling replicates a pattern in American history where presidents have acted aggressively in wartime, only to be reined in by courts or Congress. Even some Bush supporters said yesterday that it may be appropriate now to revisit decisions made ad hoc in a crisis atmosphere, when a president's natural instinct is to do whatever he thinks necessary to guard the nation against attack.
'That's what presidents do, and I say thank goodness for that,' said George J. Terwilliger III, deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush. 'But once you get past that point . . . both as a matter of law and a matter of culture, a more systemic approach to the use of authority is appropriate.'"