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Newly released photos of Bush White House show reaction to 9/11 attacks

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney watches news reports of the attacks on the World Trade Center from his office.
Former Vice-President Dick Cheney watches news reports of the attacks on the World Trade Center from his office.

A series of newly released photographs taken on Sept. 11, 2001 shows the reaction of the most senior members of the Bush administration as the terrorist attacks unfolded.

The photos were released under a Freedom of Information  Act request by a documentary maker who covered the Bush administration and produced films such as Bush’s War and Cheney’s Law.

The pictures show the reactions of U.S. President George Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, First Lady Laura Bush, Cheney’s wife Lynne, as well as high level staffers such as National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Cheney with senior staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center, an underground bunker where they were moved to safety
Cheney with senior staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center, an underground bunker where they were moved to safety
Former Vice-President Dick Cheney watches news reports of the attacks on the World Trade Center from his office
Former Vice-President Dick Cheney watches news reports of the attacks on the World Trade Center from his office
Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney with National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and Chief of Staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the President’s Emergency Operations Center
Cheney with National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and Chief of Staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the President’s Emergency Operations Center
Cheney and former President George W Bush confer in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney and former President George W Bush confer in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney and wife Lynne aboard Marine Two, being flown to Camp David
Cheney and wife Lynne aboard Marine Two, being flown to Camp David
Cheney, Bush and senior advisers in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney, Bush and senior advisers in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney, Bush and senior advisers in the Emergency Operations Center
Cheney, Bush and senior advisers in the Emergency Operations Center

The pictures were taken by Cheney’s staff photographer. The complete set have been posted on Flickr.

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