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.



8 Responses to “Suicide Pilot’s Daughter Says Her Dad is a Hero, He ‘Stood Up’ to the IRS”

  1. Marcus Stephens on February 22nd, 2010 3:08 pm

    I’m sure the daughters of the various 9/11 hijackers considered their fathers to be Hero’s as well. Why is this woman even being given airtime? You slam a plane into a federal building with the intent of killing it’s occupants = Terrorist. Plain and simple.

  2. family on February 22nd, 2010 3:49 pm

    Let’s not judge her too harshly. She is probably dealing with some shock and not 100% rational about what she is saying. Imagine if someone asked you to denounce someone you love as a terrorist. Not matter what they did it would be difficult not to try to justify, or doubt or what have you and its absolutely disgusting for this journalist to pit her and the child of a victim against one another. They’re both grieving right now and neither one of them is responsible for what happened.

  3. Saul Freedman on February 22nd, 2010 3:58 pm

    He was a COWARD and a murderer. He was no hero!

  4. Saul Freedman on February 22nd, 2010 4:00 pm

    Stack was no hero. He murdered an innocent man. He should have found a braver way to make his point. He was a disturbed man who sacrificed himself, hisa family and potentialy others for his own personal crusade.

  5. Charlie Green on February 22nd, 2010 4:11 pm

    Who on the planet thinks that this is an appropriate sentiment? As Marcus states above, the 9/11 terrorists were seen as heroes and martyrs by many for their actions against the perceived evil of the U.S. Joseph Stack’s response to a perceived evil, the I.R.S., was no less terroristic because he was an American disillusioned with the government. Just because he was disgruntled with the tax system and the “pound of flesh” he was having to pay did not give him the right to take ANYONE’S life or destroy any property (for which the American public now has to foot the bill whether through restoring by our tax dollars or through higher insurance rates). To argue that he had the right is to argue that the 9/11 terrorists and any other terrorist (foreign or domestic) had the same right, are we ready to make that leap yet?

  6. Raven Talmhain on February 22nd, 2010 11:02 pm

    She’s right. The IRS is criminal and treasonous. And it needs to be shut down along with the Federal Reserve.

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” –Samuel Adams

  7. Raven Talmhain on February 22nd, 2010 11:08 pm

    As for equating this with the 9/11 attacks.

    Do your homework! 9/11 was staged by our own government.

  8. wanda on February 23rd, 2010 8:34 pm

    Even though this man was wrong in his actions, it shoulf bring attention to the kind of people the the IRS can create from their lack of compassion for Americans who worked and served their country and are now being levied for back taxes. Having been in that man’s position, where the IRS is taking everything you worked for, and for what? To add it to the billions that they hand out to bail out the rich. It is the poor and middle class that needs bailing out. Or how bout not even bailing us out. Just leave us alone with the little bit of money we need to feed and house ourselves. Most of us just sit back and take it. Some of us , like that man, are driven to their cowardly end, when a little compassion would have averted all of this.

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