Sunday, April 18, 2010

CNN: "Death and Taxes: Joe Stack's Attack on the IRS"

On Saturday April 17, CNN aired a one-hour film “Death and Taxes: Joe Stack’s Attack on the IRS”, from the CNN Special Investigations Unit (SIU) with Abbie Boudreau. The transcript is (website url) here

Stack flew a plane into the IRS office building in Austin, TX on February 18, after setting fire to his own home.

The film traced his boyhood, including family tragedies that made him an orphan, and his rearing at am orphanage in Hershey, PA, being turned loose with $100 in his pocket at 18 after graduation.

Stack, like Theodore John Kaczynski , wrote a “manifesto” before his act, and posted it on his website. The screed ended with “The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.; The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.” There is a "Reaganite resistance" blogger thread on the manifesto here.  The original site was apparently called “” and the following blog (“Bungalow Bill”) contains much of the text of the manifesto, which the FBI took down (link) . I would expect this to get put up on Wikipedia soon.

The show discussed the “lone wolf” problem, and distinguished between people who disagree with government policy and taxation but who participate politically in legitimate debate (including blogging) – the “Tea Party” movement – an sociopaths. Remember, the original “Tea Party” evolved when there was no representative government.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of building after the Piper Dakota crash, here

1 comment:

we pay taxes for love of country, not because we like it said...

cnn claims this wasnt an act of terrorism, why not? joe stacks was a terrorist, an idiot, and a killer. paying taxes is patriotic, without taxes america would not exsist, no military, no schools, no streets, etc. we need to start calling these anti-tax groups what they are, traitors!!we pay taxes for love of country, not because we like it