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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.

Anthony Wayne September 11, 2012 at 03:43 PM
This summer, on the way home from Canada, we stopped here and asked no fewer than four people for directions to the crash site. We were in a parking lot of the local Walmart. No one that we asked had any idea what we were talking about. We thought it strange, kept moving, and missed the oppurtunity to visit the site.
Roger M September 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
i'm a fairly rational, empirical evidence sorta guy, but i've felt the same thing you're talking about on visits to Ellis Island...
Blind Dog September 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Cue the Theme to Twilight Zone.........
will ball September 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM
You've got to be kidding me. This woman deserves to burn in the lowest realms of Hell (if there was such a place). Seriously people, open your eyes. Don't you see what this woman is doing? She's capitalizing off of a horrific tragedy by making up stories about it. Even worse, she's playing with people's emotions. But I'll take it one step further. Let's say she is telling the truth and there really are angels. Then why wouldn't she donate 100% of the proceeds from her book to the memorial?! Why even write a book about it in the first place? This woman is turning deaths into dollars and you're supporting her. Disgusting.
skk September 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM
No!! She said "lose her mind" not looses her mind..so who wastes cyber print?? grammar much?
Samar Kargbo September 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
This woman is obviously more sane than a guy with "Ball" for a last name. Seriously, what's your middle name? Anyway, this woman knows what she saw. She was right not to mention this occurrence at the crash site because then she couldn't have witnessed the full majesty of God's angels in action! Clearly, these heavenly beings were guiding the hands of the rescuers as they cleared the debris and searched for people in the wreckage! And another thing, this woman couldn't donate 100% of the proceeds to a memorial, then how could she be prosperous? This is all God wants for his people!This woman's not turning deaths into dollars. God is using this tragedy to prosper one of his people. You should be ashamed of yourself. Just because this tragedy didn't prosper you doesn't mean you get to condemn someone else who has found a way to make good out of a bad situation!
Morgan King September 12, 2012 at 01:18 AM
The really insulting part in all of this is that some people would rather talk about imaginary benefactors than praise the actual hands of the actual rescuers - taking away the agency and selflessness of the people on the scene and chalking it up to the will of mythological beings does a huge disservice to the human beings who do the real working, living, and dying. It is baffling that in 2012 anyone is still pretending that they know, much less can see, the will of a deity, and doubly baffling that they aren't universally dismissed along with UFO abductees and Astrologers.
Soos September 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Morgan King, If you don't believe in angels, OK, we get it. I don't get where this is insulting to the actual rescuers. Please don't criticize people who have faith. Faith is a gift to the believer. Peace, out.
Samar Kargbo September 12, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Morgan King, thank you for illuminating a central problem with the faithless masses.I wrote a whole post about the goodness of a God that used a tragedy for good and you chose an off-handed phrase to pick apart and ATTACK. I feel sorry for you. You have no hope, you have no God and when the time comes for the final judgement; you will have no friend to stand in the gap for you, bear witness for your deeds. Well, guess what Morgan? I have a great redeemer in Christ! And nobody can take that from me. Not you, not your flying spaghetti monster, or your gay pride parades. You think faithless thinking is modern? It's as old as time. Read a book sometime. If you're smart, you'll make it the Bible
Morgan King September 12, 2012 at 03:05 AM
It's insulting because it shifts the focus from the heroic actions of the people who risked themselves to find survivors in the rubble to 'heavenly beings guiding the hands of the rescuers,' as if these people would have been incapable of helping without divine intervention, and it also creates a ridiculous paradigm where the people who the rescuers couldn't reach in time to save were somehow purposefully not chosen by the angels to be helped (and, of course, that's only after these angels decided not to nudge the planes a little to the side and avoid the impacts in the first place). Faith is a self-imposed delusion by the believer and is eminently deserving of criticism - the universe is vast and the origins of existence are unfathomable, but deluding ourselves to the point of certainty is intellectually irresponsible - peace on earth isn't going to come from making stuff up and insisting that it's true.
Morgan King September 12, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I'm not attacking you - I hope it comes across as constructive criticism. And I was addressing the central premise of that post, discounting the contradictory idea that 'prosperity from the event' is different from 'deaths into dollars' when the event itself is death. I don't want to use this blog post as the staging ground for an exhaustive point-by-point discussion on the subject, but it's not that faithlessness is modern, it's that faithfulness is archaic; your god is Zeus, Odin, and Horus. There is no judgment, there is no gap, and you don't need redeeming - as best we know, a major organ stops functioning until you lose consciousness and your body can no longer survive and eventually your body decomposes into particles. Imagined certainty about the very origins and purpose of being distracts us from the human imperative to further our understanding of existence itself.
John Q. Public September 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Morgan King, you do have faith: faith that you will never see God. Judging from your comments, I think you have nothing to worry about. God reportedly gathers only those that wish it. However, I don't understand your calling to attack those that do, but have at it.
Morgan King September 12, 2012 at 04:27 PM
It's a really common, and understandable, jump to assume that people without faith must believe in THAT in the same manner as those with faith believe (perhaps because that is the lens they already see the world through), but that's simply inaccurate. It is the very concept of 'belief,' which I"m using as synonymous with 'faith,' that I am rejecting - the unwavering certainty in the unknowable that rejects all reason and challenge. For my part, I would be thrilled to see a god, before or after death!, but we have no empirical way of knowing what, if anything, that might be. And, again, a call for criticism isn't an attack except to those with their minds completely closed to reason.
mreyg83 September 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Have you humans thought for a split second that the angels she saw, were there to accompany the deads spirits to their new place and, later to offer closure to their grieving families through the book writer.
. September 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Will, you are exactly right! This greedy beyoch is simply taking advantage of weak minded and greaving people. While there is no law against such actions (if there were every priest, minister, and other religious leader in America would be in jail), it is still disgusting.
. September 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Uh, NO! If you want to worship and invisible man and believe he has invisible "angels" working for him/her/it, that is your business. Just don't expect the rest of us to fall for the same scam.
Morgan King September 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
No, because that would assume she saw angels, that there are spirits, and that there is a new place, none of which is indicated by this writer seeing shimmering lights in the smoke (it seems more indicative of, perhaps, airborne metallic remnants). Here's the crux of what I've been getting at, why remove the writer's agency in this? Why is she, or the rescuers, exempt from their own actions when the hijackers aren't? The hijackers believed it was the will of god that their planes hit the buildings, after all. When you leverage imagined divine powers to one side of the situation and not the other, and deny these people the agency of their actions, you are assigning your own judgments and calling it the will of god. If god wanted survivors to be found, or families to find closure, why allow the attack in the first place? If that god's motivations are so unknowable and mysterious that we can't answer that question, how can we presume to know what is or isn't the will of god when we can only have a human's perspective?
will ball September 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
But it's NOT closure. Instead it's insulting. Out of curiosity, where do you think these spirits were escorted to?
will ball September 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Duh Morgan, everyone knows that God is an American.
will ball September 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What gives you the right to judge others John? Seriously, people like you are destroying the modern day church faster than any atheist. Keep talking....
will ball September 12, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thank you for your support Richard and Morgan. And I'm obviously more sane than a guy with "S'more" for a first name.
Lee September 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Will is right. It sounds really lovely and moving, but something that extradinary shared in a book, wouldn't you be compelled to donate all proceeds? I do not mean that she should not make a living, but truly not profiting would lend more credibility to her experience. Boy men really cut right through the crap don't they.
Eric W September 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
She suffers from PTSD and has the word 'former' before every job title mentioned in the paragraph. I'm not saying I know what she saw. Who has the nerve to say that? But, do we really believe these 'angels' were friendly? Just because you see something strange doesn't mean it is a gift from god. It could be an arch enemy. Satan's minion. Or, some modern terrorist beacon of some sort. I guess writing a book calling them angels helps this poor soul with her PTSD. I say, whatever works.
cantonaahh September 12, 2012 at 08:07 PM
We can't rule out the possibility of angels, ghosts, miracles, ufo's, god, etc. However, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence to make them reasonable to believe. In the absence of extraordinary evidence, someone who makes a claim like a miracle happened, they saw angels etc. is either sincere but mistaken in their claim, or are just insincere and deliberately setting out to deceive people. It will always be more likely that one or other of these two options is true, rather than it really being the case that a supernatural event happened (or even that there really was a ufo present to take a non-supernatural example). A supernatural event is the least likely event imaginable, and would require extraordinary evidence to make it reasonable to believe that the alleged event occurred.
David Curran September 13, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I am with u Eric, not a very reliable source.
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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