Protecting the Capitol
“We landed and there were all sorts of people with, with automatic weapons and SWAT gear surrounding us, surrounding the helicopters, guarding the Members when we were on the steps . . . there was just, there was a real feeling–it was dusk, you could see the smoke coming out of the Pentagon. There was a real feeling of, ‘Boy, this is something new and different that we’ve never been through before.’”
— Steve Elmendorf, June 1, 2011
Chief of Staff, Representative Richard
A. Gephardt of Missouri
Flight Back to the Capitol
Reflections on the impact of September 11th on the Capitol.
Press response at the Capitol on September 11th.
Visiting the Capitol after September 11th
Thoughts on public access to the Capitol after September 11th.
Changes to Security
Reflections on how the attacks of September 11th changed security at the Capitol.
The Capitol Police on September 11th.
Recollections of the Capitol Police response to the attacks on September 11th.
Sending Members to the Capitol Police Headquarters
The Capitol Police Headquarters on September 11th.
Briefing Members at the Capitol Police Headquarters
Updates for Members at the Capitol Police Headquarters on September 11th.
Securing the Capitol after the Attacks
Personal account of how the Capitol was secured after the attacks on September 11th.