Michael Posner Speech to ASIL on Economic and Social Rights

Michael Posner, the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, addressed the American Society of International Law on March 24, 2011. In his speech, he re-examines the four freedoms that Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke of in 1941 as the U.S. was on the brink of war: freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. Posner explains how the need for these freedoms is evident in the war-torn Middle East, particularly as it applies to Egypt. He connects this to the Obama Administration's actions to deny Al Qaeda a safe place to organize and prepare for future attacks. This link contains the full transcript.