Suicide Pilot’s Daughter Says Her Dad is a Hero, He ‘Stood Up’ to the IRS
February 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The daughter of the disgruntled anti-government pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into an Austin,Texas IRS building, after burning down his own house, says her father is a “hero” for standing up to the “system.” Joseph Andrew Stack flew his Piper Cherokee airplane into an office building housing nearly 200 IRS workers, killing himself, one other person and injuring many others. It was a miracle that there were not more fatalities, as investigators suspect that he tore out the seats in the plane and loaded it up with additional fuel, to create a larger explosion. But nevertheless, Stack’s adult daughter Samantha Bell believes her father’s actions, although “inappropriate,” were noble.
During an interview on Good Morning America, Bell, 38, who lives in Norway, rationalized her father’s violent rampage, by claiming that at least he did something to fight the system:
“I think too many people lay around and wait for things to happen. But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished,” Bell said. But at the same time, she acknowledged that Stack’s violent terrorist attack on a federal building was wrong. She said that her dad’s method of rebelling against the system was “wrong” and “inappropriate,” saying that “freedom of speech” would have been more effective.
Yet, when she was asked if her dad was a hero, she responded, “Yes, because now maybe people will listen.” Ken Hunter, the son of the Vernon Hunter; the IRS agent killed in Stack’s attack is outraged at Bell’s praising of Stack as a hero. Ken Hunter noted that his dad served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War and the only real hero is his father, and not an anti-government murderer.
Bell went on to surmise that her father burned down his house, because he paid taxes on it. “We pay taxes on our home as well. My belief is that the house was part of the government. And I think he wanted to get rid of what was left.”
“He stood up to the system,” she said.
Before Joe Stack began his violent rampage against the “system,” he published a lengthy anti-government suicide manifesto, which he ended by saying, “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.” Several Facebook pages have been created, hailing Stack as an anti-government hero. And Bell supports the Facebook pages celebrating Stark’s suicidal and violent anti-government attack as an exercise in free speech.