Emotionally-charged White House images taken during 9/11 attacks

Americans now can see what was happening inside the White House on Sept. 11, 2001.

Images taken during al-Qaida’s 9/11 attacks were released for the first time Friday by the National Archives and uploaded to its Flickr page.

They were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Each image captures Bush administration officials’ reactions to the horror of that day’s events: shock, disbelief and conviction.

See them here:

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The moment then-President George W. Bush was informed of 9/11 by Chief of Staff Andrew Card, who whispered in his ear. At the time, he was attending a Sarasota, Florida. school function
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Then-Vice President Dick Cheney stares in disbelief in the secured basement of the White House.
Cheney holds his head in disbelief (L) and takes a call (R)
Cheney holds his head in disbelief (L) and takes a call (R)
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After Bush arrived at the bunker, he gets brought up to date by Cheney
Then-President George W. Bush takes charge as he confers with Cheney , Chief of Staff Andrew Card (second left), National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice (center) and other administration officials in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Then-President George W. Bush takes charge as he confers with Cheney , Chief of Staff Andrew Card (second left), National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice (center) and other administration officials in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Cheney confers with, David Addington (seen kneeling) during 9/11's tense moments
Cheney confers with, David Addington (kneeling) during 9/11’s tense moments
Rice, seated beside Cheny, looks understandably worried as she bites her lip
Rice, seated beside Cheney, looks understandably worried as she bites her lip
Bush prepares to address the nation, seen here conferring with Cheney, Rice and Card
Bush prepares to address the nation, seen here conferring with Cheney, Rice and Card
A tense-looking Secretary of State Colin Powell
A tense-looking Secretary of State Colin Powell
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CIA Director George Tenet watches Bush address the nation

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