This is the crunch we've been waiting for
So now we finally have the distinction that separates a police state dictatorship from a democracy out in the open. What this comes down to is the ultimate question of government accountability to its citizens. In a democracy, the government is accountable. In a dictatorship, it is not. Our freedoms, and those of our children, such as they are, will ultimately ride on the decisions that will be made here.
That the Bush/Cheney administration's motives are aimed at creating a dictatorship is self-evident here. This is what they want, and it's what they're going to do everything they can to get, plain and simple. Now the judiciary themselves must decide, is the government to be accountable or not? If they decide against the government, where will the police stand? The FBI? The military? Do these organisations serve the President or the people?
If the judiciary either rule in favour of the government, or are disempowered to rule against it by force of law, then that is the true and final end of freedom. On that day, civilisation as we know it dies, to be replaced by a horror that even George Orwell, in his worst nightmares, could not possibly have imagined.