Sept. 11, 2001: As Seen From Beneath The White House

The U.S. National Archives released images of Bush administration staff reacting to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Sept. 11, 2001: As Seen From Beneath The White House

Sept. 11, 2001: As seen from Beneath the White House

On the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks, senior Bush administration personnel — and Vice President Dick Cheney's staff photographer — gathered in the President's Emergency Operations Center beneath the White House.

The personnel included President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell and CIA Director George Tenet.

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, the National Archives released a gallery of hundreds of new photos from those first hours after the 9/11 attacks.

The full album is available on the U.S. National Archives Flickr account.

This video includes images from The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Music by Planet Boelex / CC BY NC ND 3.0.

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