Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, Sept. 11, 2001

You’ve never seen the George W. Bush administration quite like this before.

We now know exactly what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were doing in the hours immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

The U.S. National Archives recently released 365 never-before-seen photos from that fateful day. Included in the photos are then-National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former President Bush, and other top administration officials.

The pictures, taken by the former vice president’s staff photographer, were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Most of the photos were taken in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) or during Cheney’s trip to Camp David. 

Now, nearly 14 years later, you can still feel the tension in the room as America’s leaders struggled to respond to this violent change in history.

1) Vice President Cheney in the President’s Emergency Operations Center

2) President Bush, Cheney, and National Security Advisor Rice in the PEOC

3) Cheney, Rice and senior staff

4) Cheney and his wife, Lynn, in the PEOC

5) Secretary of State Colin Powell in the PEOC

6) Bush with Cheney in the PEOC

7) Cheney in the PEOC

8) Bush and Cheney talk in the PEOC

9) Cheney and Rice 

10) Cheney with Rice, White House advisor Karen Hughes, and couselor to Cheney, Mary Matalin

11) CIA Director George Tenet listens to Bush address the nation

12) Bush meets with his national security team

Photo via U.S. National Archives (PD)

William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.

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