Message from the Acting Director: Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Statement to Employees from Acting Director Michael Morell about Senator Daniel K. Inouye
December 18, 2012
The nation lost a true American hero and dedicated public servant yesterday when Senator Daniel K. Inouye passed away. He was one of the greatest of the “greatest generation”—earning the Medal of Honor for his bravery in World War II—a champion in the battle for civil rights, and a renowned leader of the Senate.
Senator Inouye had a profound appreciation of the vital role of intelligence. As the first Chairman of the new Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 1976—and later as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense—his wisdom and judgment helped make our Agency and our Intelligence Community stronger, more capable guardians of national security.
The senator’s life exemplified the same values of service, integrity, and excellence that we at the Agency strive to uphold every day. His fight against racial discrimination and for the rights of the disabled serves as a model of leadership that advanced the cause of diversity and freedom.
Senator Inouye left an indelible legacy to our nation. On behalf of our Agency, I offer his family our deepest condolences and gratitude for his life of public service.