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Message from the Director: Independence Day

Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on Independence Day

July 1, 2010


We at the CIA celebrate our national birthday knowing that we help protect a great country. In defending it, we help preserve values fundamental to all humanity: that we are created equal, and that all people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Those words are America. Our country holds a special place in the world. Our leaders are elected, our rights are clear, and our laws matter. We have championed those principles beyond our shores so that others can benefit from the truth and reason embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Its message is timeless and knows no borders.

CIA’s mission is to safeguard America. We can accomplish that only if we reflect the very best of America. That is a commitment each of us must make, each and every day. I am deeply grateful for your service—especially those of you on duty this weekend—and I’m very proud of your exceptional dedication to what Independence Day is all about.

Have a happy Fourth!

Leon E. Panetta


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Posted: Jul 01, 2010 12:03 PM
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