Angels in America

Many Americans don’t believe in universal health care, but an awful lot of them think there are angels out there who will take care of us when disaster strikes:

A former police officer who retired from the FBI due to post-traumatic stress disorder linked to her role in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has written a book about seeing legions of angels guarding the Pennsylvania site where a hijacked airliner crashed.

Lillie Leonardi served as a liaison between law enforcement and the families of the passengers and crew members killed in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash. She arrived on the scene about three hours after the crash.

Although Leonardi’s book, “In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir,” centers on her vision of angels, she argues her life has been changed more by what she didn’t see that day.

“The biggest thing for me is that that there were no bodies,” she said.

Leonardi, 56, remembers the burning pine and jet fuel stinging her nostrils. She said she also remembers a smoldering crater littered with debris too small to associate with the jetliner or 40 passengers and crew on board.

“I’m used to crime scenes but this one blew me out of the water. It just looked like the ground had swallowed up” the plane, Leonardi said.

“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. “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.'”

5 Responses to Angels in America

  1. Imhotep July 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    odd man out, not to sound hyper-critical but whenever you control the ‘front page’ the ‘Recent Comments’ area disappears from the side of the 1st page and many times it’s impossible to click on ‘Previous pages’. Just so’s ya know. Have a blessed day.

  2. Tom July 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Why wasn’t she a little more scientific in her assessment (like a trained agent would have been) of the crash scene? Since she noticed that “little detail” of NO BODIES wouldn’t ANYONE start thinking OBVIOUS QUESTIONS: like “was this a staged event for, oh, say, INSURANCE MONEY, or for some other nefarious purpose like A FALSE FLAG OPERATION?!

    Angels my ass – this chick is no agent with any credibility.
    Believe it if you like mythical thinking and the way imagination can make you feel good until reality shows up to crash the party.

    911 was an inside job and the resulting collapse of our economy is as solid as climate change is real AND they’re both caused by government having been bought by the corporate sector (same result) – not aliens or angels or anything else except psychopaths.

  3. secondharmonic July 6, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I was thinking the same thing. Fuck the angels, hunnybunchkins, the point of your observation, is no freakin’ bodies and too small a footprint!

    Hey, maybe the fundies took over in Quantico Va. just like they did in Colorado Springs.

  4. lless July 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    She’s not the only one to have lost her mind.

  5. Izquierdo July 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    What Tom and secondharmonic said.
    I wonder if the truth about 9/11 will come out while I’m still alive.

    The physical realities at all three sites completely contradict the flimsy Cheney-Bush cover stories.

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