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