2,414. 9/11/2001

“According to [Vice President Dick] Cheney’s Meet the Press interview with Tim Russert on September 16 [2001], [on the morning of September 11, 2001] the Secret Service evacuated him from his office in response to ‘a report that an airplane was headed for the White House…which turned out to be Flight 77.’ As Cheney told Russert: ‘Once I got down into the shelter, the first thing I did–there’s a secure phone there. First thing I did was pick up the telephone and call the president [Bush] again, who was still down in Florida, at that point, and strongly urged him to delay his return. …Once I left that immediate shelter, after I talked to the president, urged him to stay away for now, well, I went down into what’s call[ed] a PEOC [Presidential Emergency Operations Center]. [Note the distinction here between the ‘shelter’ and the PEOC bunker.] …But when I arrived there within a short order, we had word that the Pentagon’s been hit.’ ”

 – Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11, Page 213

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