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Dick Cheney Wants People to Continue to Remember 9/11

On Friday, former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to Newsmax TV arguing that 14 years after 9/11 "we're in a positon now where 9/11's far enough behind us that a lot of people have a tendency to forget what that time was like. The thing I'm concerned about more than anything else is another mass-casualty attack but with armed terrorists — terrorists armed with something tougher, more dangerous than box-cutters and airline tickets." Cheney is the co-author of a new book, "Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America," with his daughter, Liz Cheney.

While looking at newly released images from that day, Cheney recalls that he was in the Presidential Emergency Ops Center below the White House — and that one photograph was snapped "as I watched the towers come down here in New York City."

Cheney went on to say "I was thinking that we were under attack, that this was an act of war — this wasn't just a terrorist attack that you could treat as a law-enforcement problem. We lost 3,000 people that day. At that moment, we didn't know exactly how extensive the attack was, but it was a very, very serious proposition for us. I was starting to anticipate what we needed to do in order to protect ourselves from further attack and to get the guys who had struck on 9/11."

Cheney wants to ensure people remember the devastation by adding "Unfortunately, we've seen sort of a reduction, a tendency to say: 'That was a one-off event. We don't really need to do those things we did to keep us safe' — and that's a huge mistake."

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