Director's Statement: Independence Day
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Hayden on Independence Day
July 2, 2008
Friday marks another milestone in the life of America’s thriving democracy. Even after 232 years, the infinite promise that defines our Republic is an undiminished source of inspiration and pride. The simple truths of freedom, equality, and self-government that motivated our Founding Fathers gave their revolution the power to advance and endure. It remains our great patrimony as Americans, and a source of hope for all humanity.
CIA exists to safeguard our nation’s people and way of life. We stand in common cause with partners around the globe who seek the same liberty that our forefathers declared a birthright for all. And we remain at war with the most ruthless enemies of democracy, a difficult yet essential mission for free men and women.
Wherever you serve, Jeanine and I hope you will be able to take the time to celebrate and enjoy America’s birthday. From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday.