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Angels Seen at Flight 93 Crash Site on 9/11?

A former FBI agent believes she saw angels guarding the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania on 9/11 and has written a book about her experience.

A former FBI community liaison has revealed that she believes she saw legions of angels in the mist at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2011.

Lillie Leonardi is a former police officer who later retired from the FBI due to post-traumatic stress disorder. Leonardi arrived outside of Shanksville, Pa., about three hours after the hijacked airliner crashed and served as a liaison between the agency and the families of crash victims.

Leonardi's book, "In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir," features descriptions of how the plane was seemingly swallowed up by a smoldering crater and only small pieces of debris littered the crash site.

"That's when I started seeing like shimmery lights ... and it was kind of misty and that's when I first saw, like, the angels there," Leonardi said in an Associated Press interview. "And I didn't say anything to the guys because you can imagine if I would have said, 'I just saw angels on the crash site,' they'd have called the office and they'd have said, 'She lost her mind and tell her to go home.'"

Forty passengers and crew died in the crash.

Leonardi's FBI supervisor, Kenneth McCabe, says he has read her book and doesn't discount what she believes she saw.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Leonardi's book will be donated to the National Park Foundation to aid in the construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

To make a tax-deductible donation to support the Memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org/donate.

cantonaahh September 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Samar, intellectual debate involves criticism of differing points of view, but that should not be taken personally. You offer no reason for thinking that 'god' exists; whilst religious people are entitled to have faith in any one (or more) of thousands of gods people have believed in, they invariably are not happy unless everyone else shares their own particular faith. People 'of faith' usually can't offer reasons in support of their belief in a deity (if they could, they would not need to rely so much on faith) so it's difficult for them to rationally convince non-believers (i.e. in the absence of reasons). I'm happy for people of faith to have their faith as long as they keep it to themselves and don't try to impose it on others. A particularly egregious case of this involves ignoring/rejecting scientific evidence (from cosmology, geology, biology etc.) which contradicts the 'young earth' creationist faith, which is inspired by a literal interpretation of the book of genesis.
Mohandus Frieri September 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM
No, those weren't angels, that was Tom Corbett looking for leftovers.
Samar Kargbo September 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Morgan, by your own admission, we can't know the will of God. So then, why do you insist on being able to grasp his full majesty to believe in him? You don't offend my sensibility when you say you don't believe in my God. You offend me personally! I see the rescuers' actions as only possible by the direct action of God in their lives. We aren't basically good creatures who just want to make this world sunshine and lollipops. We're bad things that go bump in the night, who praise a person on tv for being "the danger who knocks!" or whatever that is. You're so desperate to disprove the God that I hold so dear for what reason? Just to be a bully? How does it make your life any better to tell me that my God doesn't make sense? Imagine everyone around you believes in the president and you do too, but I come in and tell you to prove that he exists. You're nowhere near him, but you can tell me proof of his work and I tell you that it was the people of America that did that because it helped that they were involved. There's no way you can empirically prove to me that the president doesn't exist because no matter what you say, I won't listen. That's how atheists are to me. Sticking their fingers in their ears every time someone explains very logical points to them. Being faithless is shameful. When you truly know that, you'll understand why your existence offends me to my core.
Soos September 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I have a question for Morgan. Why the vociferous defense for not believing? Also, I still don't know why you were angry because the angels in the air may have upstaged the emergency responder angels on the ground in some people's minds. And who is keeping score anyway?
Morgan King September 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Soos - Why? Because I think it's simply not said enough. When we attribute acts of valor to angels and acts of evil to devils it strips us of the responsibility and gravity of what we do, and undermines our imperative to improve our civilization. If we are not responsible for our own actions - praying for a higher test grade instead of studying, angels guiding hands through the rubble, etc. - then we are denying the very possibility of our own ability to do both incredible and horrible things, and our comprehension of the difference is how humanity learns. Deflecting our motivations, both just and evil, to mythical beings is both delusional and deeply counter-productive.

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