Did Joseph Stack Prove the MIAC Report Right?
No doubt you heard about Andrew Joseph Stack flying his Piper Cherokee into an office building where about 200 IRS employees worked in northwest Austin, Texas. In addition to the intentional plane crash, he apparently set his home ablaze and possibly booby-trapped his car with a bomb. His suicide note/manifesto was briefly posted here, before the webhosting company took the site offline “due to the sensitive nature of the events.”
You may recall a report issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center last winter that equated support of many “extreme” views common in libertarian thought, including resistance to the current tax levels and system, with domestic terrorism. It’s obvious from the note left by Stack that he is no fan of the government, specifically calling out the IRS and FAA, as well as Congress’ manipulation of the tax code. It will likely be a few small correlations between Stack’s manifesto, his actions, and the MIAC report that generate more government scrutiny of those who oppose the continued growth of the federal government.
Thought the MIAC officials who published it removed the report from their websites and claim to have ceased its distribution among law enforcement officials, it only takes one incident to dredge up connections “proving” it right. After all, in the court of public opinion, after the events of 9/11 every Muslim in America got a second look. The broad brush of “Safety” will undoubtedly paint many law-abiding, liberty-loving Americans who oppose any of the following as another “crazy Joe Stack”: The United Nations, Gun Control, The violation of Posse Comitatus, The Federal Reserve, The Income Tax, The Ammunition and Accountability Act, A possible Constitutional Convention, Universal Service Program, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). I am sure that the readers take issue with at least one of those, if not all. Congratulations! You are on the government’s radar again.
I do not write this to re-open old wounds, but the same people trying to classify you and I as “domestic terrorists” began their calls not long after Mr. Stack’s crash as they seek somewhere to lay the blame. Rather than self-examine, the government will no doubt seize the opportunity to adopt the “research” of big government lapdogs like Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who has seemingly made it his life’s work to demonize those who do not believe in what he thinks about freedom and liberty. Less than 24 hours after the crash, not condemning Stack’s actions meant condoning them. For those of you who read his last public communication, Joseph Stack presents an interesting story of his life and how he is another victim of the bigger is better mentality of the federal leviathan and those who believe it to be the solution rather than the problem.
***Note: As a libertarian, I do not condone violence/destruction as a means to achieve a political end.***