Justice Stevens' very important opinon in Hamdan -- which reads to me very much like a cri de couer from the Greatest Generation, of which JPS is a proud member, to the curent administration and its relatively youthful legal operatives, about just how this nation should conduct itself in wartime -- constitutes a challenge not just to military tributnals but to the theory of presidential war powers that the Bush White House has been pressing since the September 11 attacks. So far, most of the post-decisional focus on the political ramificaton focuses on what Congress will now do about authorizing military tribunals since the opinion places no constitutional limits on the congress giving the president everything he wants. That's no doubt just the post-Hamdan focus the Administration wants, figuring it can get pretty good legislation, and make the Dems look weak if they fight him. But precisely because the decision is a historic one on war powers generally, it also has direct implications for the NSA wiretapping program's legality. And Congress should press the White house on just that point.