Joe Stack, the suicide pilot (right) who crashed his plane into the IRS office in Austin last week, is being hailed in some corners as a hero who struck a courageous blow against the tyranny of the U.S. tax code.
The way anti-government extremists see it, "he did the ultimate flipping of the bird to the man," said JJ MacNab, a Maryland-based insurance analyst who is writing a book about tax protesters. "He stuck it to the man, and they love that."
Larken Rose, a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man who served a year in prison for willful failure to file an income tax return, said he does not consider the IRS employee killed in the attack to be an innocent victim.
"I don't know how many people they harassed or how many houses they had stolen or how many bank accounts they had swiped," he told The Associated Press. Stack's 3,000-word anti-tax manifesto "shows quite obviously he was not crazy. He was frustrated. He had been wronged over and over."
"People say (Stack) is a patriot. What's he a patriot for? He hasn't served the country," said Hunter's son, Ken Hunter. "My dad did two tours of Vietnam and this guy is going to be a patriot and no one is going to say that about my dad?"
Read the entire AP article here.
-- Bill Miller