Message from the Director: A Time To Say Farewell
Farewell Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Hayden
February 9, 2009
Our Agency has chosen a quotation from the New Testament to underscore its core mission: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
Today, though, the Old Testament offers relevant guidance: “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” It is the season and the time for Jeanine and me to say farewell to you, the wonderful men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency. We have been here for nearly three years and consider ourselves privileged to have been a part of you and your work. I have been especially honored to represent your achievements to audiences beyond our fence line: the President, the Cabinet, the Congress and—when possible—the American public.
You have been given the most difficult of tasks—to go where others cannot go and to accomplish what others cannot accomplish—and you have consistently fulfilled these missions with patriotism, sacrifice and professional excellence. You have also carried out your duties with integrity and in a manner that respects American law and reflects America’s values. The Nation could ask no more.
Jeanine and I will be near the Lady Liberty mural in the main lobby from ten until noon today…or however long we have to be there to say a personal good-bye to anyone who cares to come by. You may catch a glimpse of me later in the week but that will largely be me moving out. That’s physically moving out. We will be with you spiritually and emotionally for as long as you will have us.
With Deepest Respect,
18th Director of CIA