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9/11 Bush Cabinet Photos: Freedom of Information Act Releases Never Before Seen Images

Updated on July 25, 2015

Never-Before-Seen

Released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), never-before-released photographs of the United States' government's initial response to the events of September 11th 2001 have now entered the public domain.

Captured by the vice president’s staff photographer, the photographs feature senior officials including President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and CIA Director George Tenet.

The First and second ladies, Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney, the wives of Bush and Cheney, can also be seen.

Much of the photographs were taken in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).

Struggling to stay awake: Dick Cheney, now 78, in discussion with other senior cabinet leaders at the PEOC.
Struggling to stay awake: Dick Cheney, now 78, in discussion with other senior cabinet leaders at the PEOC.
Feet on the table: then Vice-President, Cheney, watches the events unfold at the World Trade Center on live TV.
Feet on the table: then Vice-President, Cheney, watches the events unfold at the World Trade Center on live TV.

Freedom of Information Act

The images were released because of a FOIA request filed by a producer from the Kirk Documentary Group, Colette Neirouz Hanna. Previously, the documentary group have produced other FRONTLINE documentaries of the Bush administration, including Bush’s War; Cheney’s Law and The Dark Side.

Last month, another set of images of the Bush administration at this time was also released following a separate FOIA request.

In discussion: President George Bush and his deputy, Cheney, both clearly distressed by the events.
In discussion: President George Bush and his deputy, Cheney, both clearly distressed by the events.

Place in History

Close to the 14th anniversary of the event, these photographs document an important and forever memorable day in the history of the United States of America. Alongside other images and documents, these pictures will now become a part of the historical narrative of 9/11.

The entire catalogue of more than 350 photos can be seen on the U.S. National Archives' Flickr page.

Dick Cheney seen here with his wife, Lynne Cheney.
Dick Cheney seen here with his wife, Lynne Cheney.
Cheney (left), Laura Bush (centre) and Lynne Cheney (right).
Cheney (left), Laura Bush (centre) and Lynne Cheney (right).
Senior staff members in a group discussion with the President.
Senior staff members in a group discussion with the President.
Shocked stupor: Cheney sat with Condoleezza Rice and others burning the midnight oil.
Shocked stupor: Cheney sat with Condoleezza Rice and others burning the midnight oil.
Lost in thought.
Lost in thought.
Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney both talk on the phone in the busy aftermath of 9/11.
Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney both talk on the phone in the busy aftermath of 9/11.
President Bush surrounded by his senior staff.
President Bush surrounded by his senior staff.
Vice-President Cheney (front) and the two wives, First Lady Laura Bush (left) and Lynne Cheney (right).
Vice-President Cheney (front) and the two wives, First Lady Laura Bush (left) and Lynne Cheney (right).
Condoleezza Rice clearly in shock after the events of September 11th 2001.
Condoleezza Rice clearly in shock after the events of September 11th 2001.
Planning the next move: Cheney, and how to respond to the devastation of the events of the day.
Planning the next move: Cheney, and how to respond to the devastation of the events of the day.

President Bush's Address to the Nation from the Oval Office After the 9/11 Attacks

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      Reality Check 2 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback, HSchneider. Even after all these years, the events of 9/11 are still leaving their mark.

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very revealing photos, Reality Check. You get a lot more insight into what they were thinking and going through that fateful day. Great Hub.

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