The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

On the morn­ing of Sept. 10, the eve of the sev­enth an­niver­sary of the Sept.11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, CIA Di­rec­tor Michael V. Hay­den sent the fol­low­ing mes­sage to agency em­ploy­ees:

“To­mor­row, we mark the sev­enth an­niver­sary of one of our na­tion’s most dif­fi­cult days. To see Amer­ica un­der at­tack, as it was then, is some­thing none of us can ever for­get. In an of­fice here at CIA head­quar­ters, in a unit cru­cial to the fight against ter­ror­ism, a prom­i­nent sign still reads: ‘To­day’s date is Septem­ber 12th, 2001.’

“That stark, sim­ple re­minder speaks to the spirit of determination that de­fines our agency. There can be no finer way to honor the vic­tims of 9/11 than to con­tinue work­ing with that full ded­i­ca­tion to pro­tect our coun­try and up­hold its val­ues of free­dom and de­cency in the world.”


Pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Avedon sur­veys his work in New York City in Septem­ber 1979. The Cor­co­ran Gallery of Art will dis­play his por­traits through Jan. 25.

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