A Message from Director Panetta
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Leon E. Panetta
February 13, 2009
With great pride and honor, I took the oath of office today to become Director
of the Central Intelligence Agency. Pride because it gives me another opportunity
to serve the nation. Honor because I will lead a great organization that
is on the front line of preserving our national security.
At its best, intelligence gives our government the clearest possible picture
of the world as it is. At its heart, intelligence is the solid base on which
our country acts to build the world as it should be. It is a profession of
risk, of courage, and of integrity. It is a calling for the dedicated, those
who find reward not in public acclaim, but in silent duty.
CIA holds a special place in American intelligence. Free of policy bias,
it reports, analyzes, and informs. Its officers tackle the toughest national
security problems. With unique authorities and capabilities, it acts boldly
to change threats overseas into opportunities. It has a proud tradition of
skill, bravery, and technical innovation. I will uphold our Agencys
commitment to stand by the law and the Constitution, to build trust with
the Congress through vigorous oversight, and to promote effective partnerships
inside and outside the Intelligence Community.
February 13, 2009
Statement by the Director of National Intelligence
Mr. Dennis C. Blair
Senate confirmation of Leon Panetta as CIA Director is excellent news for
the country and for the Intelligence Community.
Leon is an accomplished public servant who brings experience, leadership
and management skills to his new responsibilities. He and I have worked
closely since being nominated together in early January. Leon will bring
the CIA's talent and extensive contributions to the Intelligence Community
to their full potential. I welcome him to the team and look forward to his
support and contributions in the months and years to come.