Several photographs shot on 9/11 were released in response to a FOIA request (from documentary filmmaker Colette Neirouz Hanna). They show people reacting to the horror of the attacks. Interestingly, they mostly focus around Cheney – who looks most concerned and industrious. I would not be surprised if these were intentionally released to counter the growing grumbles to investigate him.
There are several photos of Dick Cheney in his office – a foot up on his desk – watching “Rome Burn”. What was he thinking? He must have been aware of the photographer (as some are taken from the front side of the desk).
The above photo sums it all up for me.
The pictures are not ordered, so adds to the confusion. Some of these must have been shot late in the day, as Bush has returned.
In the collection is a photo of the Secretary of Transportation, Norman Yoshio Mineta.
Let us not forget Mineta’s testimony about Dick Cheney, describing the stand down order.
UPDATE (12 pm 27 July):
Where was Cheney at 9.33 – 9.38?
Surely he was not “resting” in his office – and this is a recreation in the afternoon. It is stated that the photograph was taken on September 11. In the top photo, the time is 9:38.
This is the close up on Cheney’s TV (from a second photo), and the screen grab from ABC News, below.
(9:04 a.m.-9:45 a.m.) September 11, 2001: House Speaker Hastert Has Problems Contacting Vice President Cheney; Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who is third in line for the presidency …. is told that Vice President Dick Cheney will soon be calling him on the secure telephone in his office. However, Cheney is currently having problems using secure phones, and Hastert is too. Hastert later recalls, “To use the secure phone, you have to push a button and turn a key. On that dreadful day I couldn’t make the thing work…. (interesting)
Richard Clarke claims that when he arrives at the White House shortly after 9:03, he sees the vice president and Rice, but the two are “alone in Cheney’s office” …. Rice makes no mention of heading to Cheney’s office after the second tower is hit.
(Shortly After 9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Vice President Cheney Evacuated from Office, Earlier than Some Accounts Claim President Dick Cheney is taken by the Secret Service from his White House office toward the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)……. although other accounts, including the 9/11 Commission Report, will state that he is evacuated from his office about half an hour later.
Richard Clarke tells Cheney (just after 9:00): “It’s an al-Qaeda attack and they like simultaneous attacks. This may not be over.”
(Between 9:20 a.m. and 9:27 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Transportation Secretary Mineta Reaches Bunker, Meets Vice President Cheney arrives at the White House bunker—the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)—containing Vice President Dick Cheney and others. Mineta will tell NBC News that he arrives there at “probably about 9:27,” though he later says to the 9/11 Commission that he arrives at “about 9:20 a.m.” He also later recalls that Cheney is already there when he arrives. This supports accounts of Cheney reaching the bunker not long after the second WTC crash. … Questioned about this in 2007 by an activist group, Mineta will confirm that Cheney was “absolutely… already there” in the PEOC when he arrived
It seems that Cheney probably sat down in the afternoon to put his feet up and watch a replay.