Well, despite all the hints and trial balloons, the White House has decided not to pursue the strategy of overt fascist resistance to the Hamdan decision. Instead, the Bushies announced yesterday that the President will rescind the Executive Order declaring that alleged terrorists in military custody have no protections under the Geneva convention.
I think this supports the "Hamdan is a big deal" school of thought. Once the Executive Order is rescinded, military interrogators will have no defence if they commit war crimes. Obviously, that no more guarantees that torture will stop then the Eighth Amendment prevents prisoner abuse domestically. There is absolutely no reason to give this White House the benefit of any doubt. But, still, it is a major victory for the rule of law.