Hayden Closed-Door Vote Is Business as Usual For all the outrage I wrote about that was heard in the 9:30 editorial meeting, a little perspective here from NPR's national security correspondent Mary Louise Kelly. Yes, the vote in the Senate Intelligence Committee on the nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to head up the CIA is behind closed doors. So was the vote on Porter Goss, the outgoing director. And John Negroponte. And so on. This is not at all unusual.