PLANE ATTACK ON IRS BUILDING
DOES NOT STACK UP
By Victor Thorn
On Feb 18, mainstream media sources kept asking: Who is Joe Stack, the
“disgruntled anti-government kamikaze pilot”? But a more telling question is:
How did they find out about him with such miraculously fast speed? Once a very
careful timeline is reconstructed, many of their claims become suspect.
The official story originally released by news agencies is as such:
Stack set his house on fire at 8 a.m. with his wife and stepdaughter still
inside, both of whom had to be dragged out by neighbors, then stole a Cirrus
SR22 plane from Waco and flew it into an IRS building at 10 a.m. Nearly
everything in this version is either deliberate disinformation or shoddy
This AMERICAN FREE PRESS writer’s analysis conveys an entirely
different scenario. For starters, on Feb. 20, this writer phoned Mrs. Carlotta
Hutchins, Joe Stack’s next-door neighbor. She told AFP, and this information
has been confirmed by other newspapers, that Stack’s house did not catch fire
until 9:15 a.m. Her husband, Elbert, also told reporters that Mrs. Stack and
her daughter were not at home, and arrived shortly before the firefighters.
They had spent the previous evening at a hotel. Mrs. Hutchins added that no one
saw Stack start the fire or leave in his car. In her words, “There was nothing
out of the ordinary.”
An internet MapQuest from Stack’s residence on Dapplegrey Lane in Austin
to the Georgetown
on 500 Terminal Drive
shows the distance is 21 miles. This point is vital because the official story
has Stack departing from this airport (north of Austin,
not in Waco) at
9:40 am. So, if Stack left his home immediately after torching it (if he even
did so) at 9:15 am, that would give him 25 minutes to not only travel 21 miles
in the area’s notorious morning rush hour traffic, but also make all his
pre-flight preparations before taking off. It’s certainly possible, but he
would have to break the speed limit every step of the way, then race maniacally
at the airport without drawing any undue attention to himself.
Another Internet check showed the distance from Georgetown Airport
to the Echelon I Building at 9430
Research Boulevard to be 24 miles. If Stack did
reach his plane by 9:40 a.m. (that he owned, it wasn’t stolen), he still had to
taxi along the runway, wait for any incoming or outgoing flights, then fly 24
miles in 16 minutes to make the 9:56 a.m. impact time. Again, it’s feasible,
but only under optimal conditions.
By 11:54 a.m.—nearly two hours after the accident—news outlets were
still reporting that Stack commandeered a stolen plane; while the FAA continued
to claim he flew an SR22 (not a Piper Cherokee PA-28). So, by this time no one
has confirmed the plane’s tail number, identified the pilot, or recovered a
dead body. Plus, an entire day later, on Feb. 19, Georgetown airport attendant Jack Lilly told
CNN, “Initial indications are that the flight originated here, but there were
conflicting reports and we could not verify that information.”
On top of that, Stack never filed a flight plan because it was a VFR
day (visual flight rules). Thus, no one actually witnessed him take off in the
plane, there’s no flight plan, and officials assume he’s in a stolen plane
(therefore no tail number). But at 12:16 p.m., The Austin American Statesman posted Stack’s manifesto on its web
site. What’s even more bizarre is that BusinessInsider.com
was still quoting the Austin daily newspaper at
12:33 p.m., saying FBI agents were claiming the plane originated from Waco. They hadn’t even
pinpointed the proper airport by this time. Waco, take note, is
With nearly 200 million web sites in existence, how could they have
obtained Stack’s obscure little page when he hadn’t even been identified yet?
On Feb. 19, this writer spoke with two reporters at The Austin American Statesman and asked how they arrived at this
Dave Doolittle told me, “We were alerted to it [the manifesto] via
Twitter, or else we got a lead from a reader.”
Yet, how could “social media users” know his identity when no one else
did? One clue as to who “leaked” Stack’s data can be found from his Internet
Service Provider, Alex Melen of T35, who was contacted by FBI agents at 2:40
p.m. and told to delete his site.
The oddities continue. At 2:55 p.m., Austin’s
NBC affiliate, KXAN, interviewed an eyewitness named Megan Riley, who stood in
the World Mart parking lot and saw a plane fly over I-183 before striking the Echelon Building.
During this live telecast, she dropped a bombshell. “I know that the
fire department got here real fast because they actually had an engine sitting
over there (pointing) that just so happened to be doing something with Hazmat.
So, they were over there right away.”
Heidi Zhou of News 8 Austin
confirmed her story.
“Fifteen firefighters from the West
Lake, Oak Hill, Pflugerville, and Lake Travis
fire departments were running Hazmat drills in a parking lot across Highway 183
when they saw the plane,” she said. “ ‘The chances could be one in a million,’
Lake Travis Fire Chief Robert Abbott said of the timing.”
This is reminiscent of the 1995 Oklahoma
City bombing, where bomb-squad trucks waited prior to
Can another coincidence be found in a 2009 movie entitled The Echelon Conspiracy where a computer
engineer (Stack’s profession) is warned to stay off an airline flight that
crashes soon after takeoff? Further, NSA spooks use the Echelon software
program to inspect and intercept the content of phone calls, emails and faxes
for certain “inflammatory trigger words.”
There are other anomalies. First, Stack was supposedly in dire
financial straits; yet he owned his own home and his own business. His wife
worked, and he owned an airplane. Secondly, if his revenge against the “Big
Brother tax man” was so carefully planned, why didn’t he target their main IRS
location in South Austin rather than a mere branch office in the Echelon
Damage to Austin IRS building following Stack attack
Lastly, how did this light, single-engine Piper aircraft cause such
enormous amounts of damage?
IRS revenue officer Peggy Walker, who was present at the time, said,
“It felt like a bomb blew off.”
Likewise, fellow employee Andrew Jacobsen commented, “The plane hit
with a big ‘whoomp,’ and then a second explosion.”
Compared to similar incidents—such as the famous 2002 Tampa, Fla. crash—Stack’s tiny aircraft looked more akin to a jetliner hitting the Pentagon
Damage to building in Tampa crash
To compensate for this discrepancy, Fox News reported on Feb. 19, “U.S. law
enforcement officials said they were trying to determine if Stack put anything
in the plane to worsen the damage caused by the impact and fire.”
Specifically, they’re now saying that he may
have removed seats from his plane and placed a stolen fuel drum in its place.
But Stack certainly didn’t have time to perform such an operation that morning,
so when did he supposedly pull off this feat, and where is the proof?
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and the author of many books on 9-11 and the New World Order. These include 9-11 Evil: The Israeli Role in 9-11and Phantom Flight 93.
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