Critics and rights groups – including the ACLU, Center For Constitutional Rights and Human Rights Watch – have praised parts of the Obama national security speech but sharply criticized a couple of key elements – the plan to maintain military commissions and, most disturbingly, indefinite detention. Many said the policies, in the words of HRW's Kenneth Roth, "mimic the Bush administration's abusive approach," and all said they need to see actions, not words.
"Just saying you believe in the Constitution and that America should
live up to its values isn't really good enough," notes Digby here. "After all, Bush used to
say the same thing."