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WASHINTON (Web Desk) – Newly released images show former President George Bush and his senior staff in the Emergency Operations Centre in Washington following the attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon in 2001.


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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, The Independent reported.

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The Emergency Operation Centre is a bunker under the east wing of 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.