White House on 9/11: Newly released photos show George W. Bush, Dick Cheney in wake of terror attacks

Michael Walsh
·Reporter
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Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo: The U.S. National Archives)

The U.S. National Archives released a series of candid photos taken inside a secure bunker beneath the White House on Sept. 11, 2001.

They show President George W. Bush and key members in his cabinet processing the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the nation’s history.

The photo album focuses primarily on Vice President Dick Cheney during meetings in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) and traveling to Camp David in Maryland aboard Marine Two.

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National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell, First Lady Laura Bush and other members of Bush’s inner circle are also pictured.

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Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo: The U.S. National Archives)

PBS reports that the images were released following a Freedom of Information Act request by Colette Neirouz Hanna, a filmmaker who produced several documentaries on the administration.

The photos are available in the National Archives Catalog.

On 9/11, nearly 3,000 people died after members of al-Qaida, the international terrorist group founded by Osama bin Laden, hijacked airplanes that were crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and a field in Pennsylvania.