9/11 anniversary: Rare pictures reveal White House tension immediately after attacks

The US National Archives released photographs from inside the White House during the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

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The Independent US

Rare images cast light on the tension among President George Bush and his senior staff in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

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President Bush speaks with senior staff

The staff, including the former Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and vice-President Dick Cheney, are shown in the secure basement.

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Vice-President Dick Cheney rests his feet while watching news coverage of the Twin Tower attacks

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Dick Cheney was in charge at the White House until Bush was flown back at around 7pm that evening

The Emergency Operations Centre is a bunker under the east wing of the White House which was built to withstand a nuclear attack.

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Vice-President Cheney was in command when the four hijacked passenger planes crashed in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, killing 2,996 people.

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President Bush was visiting a school in Florida at the time at the time of the attacks before being flown back to the White House.

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Frontline filmmaker Colette Neirouz Hanna requested that the photos, taken by vice-President Cheney's photographer, be released by the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act.

To see the full set, visit the National Archives' Flickr page.

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Vice-President Cheney was in command when the four hijacked passenger planes crashed in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, killing 2,996 people.

911-16.jpg

911-21.jpg

911-12.jpg

911-18.jpg

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President Bush was visiting a school in Florida at the time at the time of the attacks before being flown back to the White House.

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911-14.jpg

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Frontline filmmaker Colette Neirouz Hanna requested that the photos, taken by vice-President Mr Cheney's photographer, be released in July by the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act.

To see the full set, visit the National Archives' Flickr page.

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