Live: Obama and Cheney speeches on terror policy

U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney are both giving national security speeches on Guantanamo Bay policy this morning -- Obama at 10:10 (he isn't on yet) and Cheney at 10:45. FP's Joshua Keating is at AEI to see Cheney, and he'll report back later today.

In the meantime, watch Obama streaming here and Cheney streaming here

Update: Here's the text of Obama's speech.

Tone-setting quote: 

On all of these matter related to the disclosure of sensitive information, I wish I could say that there is a simple formula. But there is not. These are tough calls involving competing concerns, and they require a surgical approach. But the common thread that runs through all of my decisions is simple: we will safeguard what we must to protect the American people, but we will also ensure the accountability and oversight that is the hallmark of our constitutional system. I will never hide the truth because it is uncomfortable. I will deal with Congress and the courts as co-equal branches of government. I will tell the American people what I know and don't know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why.

In all of the areas that I have discussed today, the policies that I have proposed represent a new direction from the last eight years. To protect the American people and our values, we have banned enhanced interrogation techniques. We are closing the prison at Guantanamo. We are reforming Military Commissions, and we will pursue a new legal regime to detain terrorists. We are declassifying more information and embracing more oversight of our actions, and narrowing our use of the State Secrets privilege. These are dramatic changes that will put our approach to national security on a surer, safer and more sustainable footing, and their implementation will take time.


Mubarak cancels controversial White House trip

Reuters reports that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is canceling his trip to the United States in order to grieve over the death of his grandson. But, like everything else about the opaque Mubarak regime, it's not totally clear what's going on. It was the White House that broke the news of the cancelation, and Egyptian officials aren't commenting. Nor did Mubarak, who is 81 years old and is often rumored to be in poor health himself, attend his grandson's funeral yesterday.

Although conspiracy theories are likely to proliferate rapidly in Egypt, the simplest explanation is probably the correct one here: Mubarak wants to grieve for his grandson. His visit to Washington was scheduled for May 25, which isn't too far off. And U.S. President Barack Obama is coming to Egypt in early June, soon enough that they can conduct whatever business they need to conduct at that time. I doubt Mubarak was too concerned about what seemed to be a fairly mild groundswell of criticism of his regime.

I guess we'll have to wait to apply the "Mubarak Test" to Obama's human rights policies.