"Let Freedom Reign!"
President Bush's written declaration after learning that power had been transferred to the Iraqis
During the opening session of a NATO summit in Turkey on June 28, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice passes President Bush a note informing him that the handover of power to an interim Iraqi government has taken place. "Iraq is Sovereign," the note begins. Bush scribbles "Let Freedom Reign" in the margin. A few hours later, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in three cases against the White House's claim of authority to detain terrorism suspects indefinitely and deny them access to courts and lawyers during interrogation.