Joe Stack, who attacked the IRS by flying his plane into its offices in Austin, Texas, is being lauded as a 'hero' in antigovernment circles. The son of the man he killed strongly disagrees.
Federal tax authorities spend a lot of time trying to convince Americans like IRS attacker Joe Stack that paying taxes is part of one’s civic duty. But resistance – though not violence – is downright American, say tax protesters like Wesley Snipes.
Thursday's attack, in which Joseph Stack flew his plane into IRS offices in Austin, Texas, is just the latest in a string of attacks against the Internal Revenue Service. There are an average of 918 threats against employees a year, says a government agency.
Russian Alexander Tretyakov hits the padding at the end of his second heat in the Men's Skeleton during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, on Feb. 18.
Joe Stack's apparent suicide flight in Austin, Texas, Thursday, which killed at least one person and caused two others to be hospitalized, is indicative of what some are concerned is building antigovernment sentiment, says a former domestic terrorist.
The remains of the plane's pilot – believed to be Joseph Andrew Stack – have been recovered. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo calls the attack "a criminal act by a lone individual."
Thousands of civilian aircraft fly within the general aviation system every day. But there are few regulations, laws, or security procedures that would prevent a pilot with ill intentions from using a plane for evil purposes.
The pilot of a plane that authorities say targeted an IRS office in Austin, Texas, left an apparent suicide note citing a Big Brother tax code. At least at first glance, Joe Stack's views fit more into a pattern of solo attackers avenging personal beefs than a terror conspiracy.
Joseph Andrew Stack, the software engineer being linked to Thursday's plane crash in Austin, left behind an anti-IRS, antigovernment Web manifesto.