Behind the scenes reactions from U.S. officials to September 11th terror attacks

The U.S. National Archive has recently published an extraordinary album of photos on Flickr showing the reactions from U.S. leaders to the September 11th, 2001, terror attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.

President Bush with Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

In the album, viewers can see how then President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, General Colin Powell, and other members of the Cabinet were reacting to the news that came in and the images they saw on television.

The album is a sobering view behind the scenes of one of the darker moments in U.S. history, and well worth your time.

Vice President Cheney Watches Television
Vice President Cheney with Senior Staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Vice President Cheney with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Vice President Cheney with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
CIA Director George Tenet Listens to President Bush's Address in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)