"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." - Louis Brandeis
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
FBI Special Agent Lenny Hatton
Special Agent Leonard W. Hatton was assigned to the New York Division of the FBI at the time of his death. On September 11, 2001, Special Agent Hatton was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. Special Agent Hatton was on his way to work in the New York Division office when he saw smoke and fire coming from the North Tower of the WTC. On his own initiative, he responded directly to the WTC site and, from the roof of the Marriott Hotel, he reported the second airliner strike on the South Tower.
Due to falling debris, he moved from the roof and joined the New York Fire Department firefighters in evacuating occupants. Special Agent Hatton was inside the WTC when the buildings collapsed. SA Hatton's Glock was recovered in the debris and is preserved at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.