Austin, TX Crashed Pilot's Suicide Note

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Austin Texas pilot Joe Stack's suicide note (h/t Market Ticker).

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why
did this have to happen?”  The simple
truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time.  The writing process, started many months
ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that
there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really
broken.  Needless to say, this rant
could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it.  I find the process of writing it
frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross
inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in
my head.  Exactly what is therapeutic
about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would
be no society, only anarchy.  Sadly,
starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe
that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for
justice for all.  We are further
brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should
be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its
founding fathers.  Remember? One of
these was “no taxation without representation”.  I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap
from only a few years of my childhood. 
These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly
labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had
their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great
degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any
matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind.  Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or
anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit
unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of
years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of
their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal
government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?  Yet at the same time, the joke we call the
American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are
murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and
victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as
bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. 
Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving
scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after
year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”.  It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the
dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant
conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system?  Here we have a system that is, by far, too
complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand.  Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its
victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not
even the experts understand.  The law
“requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say
truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress”
than what is.  If this is not the
measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here? 

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in
the early ‘80s.  Unfortunately after
more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd,
pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English.  Some friends introduced me to a group of
people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions.  In particular, zeroed in on a section
relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar,
corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. 
We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”,
high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do
exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from
our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the
name of God).  We took a great deal of
care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the
law said it was to be done.

The intent of this
exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the
laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of
people who earn an honest living. 
However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations”
for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the
monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is
still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years
of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0.  It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country
with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie.  It also made me realize, not only how naive
I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they
buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they
continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all
that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of
the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984
after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of
“paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream
of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I
should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination
for creative problem solving from my father. 
I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later
during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on
my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  My neighbor was an elderly retired woman
(80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired
steel worker.  Her husband had worked
all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big
business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a
pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement.  Instead he was one of the thousands who got
nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to
mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their
retirement.  All she had was social
security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was
living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to
splurge) for months at a time.  When I
got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight
than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of
me).  I was genuinely appalled at one
point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our
situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I
would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all
my substance from peanut butter and bread. 
I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made.  I decided that I didn’t trust big business
to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying
start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer... and two years
later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of
Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such
calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw
the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section
1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax
purposes. Visit this link for a conference
committee report

( regarding
the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section
530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services
workers and their clients, read our discussion here


(a) IN GENERAL - Section 530 of
the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following
new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. - This
section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an
arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such
other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems
analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services
rendered after December 31, 1986.



"another person" is the client in the
traditional job-shop relationship.


"taxpayer" is the recruiter, broker, agency,
or job shop.


"individual", "employee", or
"worker" is you.


Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what
it is saying but it’s not very complicated. 
The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the
text of section (d).  Moreover, they
could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly
declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. 
Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’,
and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any
senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they
universally treated me as if I was wasting their time.  I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways
driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who
were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity.  This, only to discover that our efforts were
being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning
to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”.  Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I
was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a
futile exercise.  The best we could get
for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they
weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists).  This immediately proved to be a lie, and the
mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line;
this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them
into idle.  If I had any sense, I
clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks.  Then came the L.A. depression of the early
1990s.  Our leaders decided that they
didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern
California, so they were closed; just like that.  The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled
the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. 
However, because the government caused it, no one gave a shit about all
of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up
houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to
“shore up” their windfall.  Again, I
lost my retirement.

Years later, after
weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with
my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some
speed.  Then came the .COM bust and the
911 nightmare.  Our leaders decided that
all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after
that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for
months.  This made access to my
customers prohibitively expensive. 
Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of
the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot
and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY
MONEY!  After these events, there went
my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a
change.  Bye to California, I’ll try
Austin for a while.  So I moved, only to
find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance
and where damn little real engineering work is done.  I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work.  The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning
before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large
companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and
this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give
a fuck about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and
retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. 
This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of
income.  I filed no return that year
thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need.  The sleazy government decided that they
disagreed.  But they didn’t notify me in
time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest
filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because
the time to file ran out.  Bend over for
another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present.  After my experience with the CPA world, following the business
crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again.  But here I am with a new marriage and a
boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business
asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle.  After considerable thought I decided that it would be
irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that
they were in order.  I had taken all of
the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar
to what I was expecting.  Except that he
had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700
worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I
didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit.  By that time it had become brutally evident
that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to
defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least
the tax-related transactions were poorly documented).  Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue
would ever matter to anyone.  The end result
is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the
“great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping
out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything.  Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60
years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic
problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it,
elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”.  Now when the wealthy fuck up, the poor get
to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably
referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone.  The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and
his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this
criticism rings equally true for all of the government.  Nothing changes unless there is a body count
(unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough).  In a government full of hypocrites from top
to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I
can stand.  It has always been a myth
that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t
limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. 
I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as
many after.  But I also know that by not
adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change.  I choose to not keep looking over my
shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore
what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual
won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be
white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will
take nothing less.  I would only hope
that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard,
knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian
restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and
their mindless minions for what they are. 
Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but
violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.  The cruel joke is that the really big chunks
of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and
using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is
repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly
be different.  I am finally ready to
stop this insanity.  Well, Mr. Big
Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and
sleep well.


The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to
each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his
gullibility, to each according to his greed.


Joe Stack (1956-2010)



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Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

"If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?”  The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time.............I wanted gold to go up, I wanted people to stop messing with my money!"

This was MOST LIKELY, from what I can tell, a FALSE FLAG.  This is my preliminary guess, but it sure is sounding like it.  "The witnesses report that it felt like an earthquake."

Gerald Celente quote here.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

The way to tell whether this is a false flag attack is to see whether this gets extensive, repeated coverage by the MSM (like the staged underwear bomber attack where their objective was to get full body scanners installed at airports without inciting a lot of hue and cry from the public). If it does, it was false flag. If it doesn't, some of our bankster oligarchs must be quaking in their boots.

Anonymous's picture

How They Brainwash A Nation_ we are in stage 3 (4 now)

This amazing interview was done back in 1985 with a former KGB agent who was trained in subversion techniques. He explains the 4 basic steps to socially engineering entire generations into thinking and behaving the way those in power want them to. It's shocking because our nation has been transformed in the exact same way, and followed the exact same steps.

Frank Owen's picture

I just removed this comment because the Echelon Building apparently has nothing to do with Project Echelon. Jumped the gun putting the big brother mention in the note together with "the echelon building" and came to the wrong conclusion. Sorry.

buzzsaw99's picture

A guillotine kills the right people, anything else is a waste.

SV's picture

Agreed, and Karl is right on this one too - When people come to the conclusion that the Govt is a felon, then this outcome will become highly contagious.  Those actions in-turn beget a police state.  Calling JohnGaltFLA...  (Was reading a chapter of that action last night)

Anonymous's picture

at least we don't have to worry about the building coming down, probably no pre-loaded explosives

dark pools of soros's picture

sadly someone junked you  -   but it is the other obvious thing the powers that be must be cringing on... look america, that is how a normal crashed up building burns

malvotron's picture

I'm thinking Zero Hedge reader?

spekulatn's picture



Who gets his gold?

Paging Gordon G...


ShankyS's picture

Nah, he would have found a support group here that would have talked him down frm anything. I'm thinking False Flag with some of the others or this is the first rue patriot that was willing to give his life to fight back.

You Cant Handle the Truth's picture

What do we call people who sacrifice themselves for their beliefs?  Sometimes I hear it called patriot.  Sometimes terrorist.  Can someone please provide me a definition here?


Anonymous's picture

Patriot = White
Terrorist = Brown


APC's picture

Excellent.  Thanks for that, I needed a good laugh, and the best comedy always contains the kernel of truth!

Anonymous's picture

Zealot. See "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer

- Heretic

Anonymous's picture

A few years ago my father showed me his fathers obituary which was printed in Ireland, the place of his birth and death.

It made a number of veiled references to his "republican" exploits.

I said to my father, "In today's world, he'd be called a terrorist."

Not too often that I made my father think. (The older I got, the smarter he got.)

Auroch's picture

Thanks to your grandad and his pals, Ireland's now an ex-colony of britain and in the eurozone.

Fun was around 1920 .. same time the Iraqis were trying to liberate themselves from the british yoke, but didn't really succeed ..

Ii was guerilla warfare (asymmetrical) with terror tactics on all sides.

Anonymous's picture

Jesus Christ. 2000 years after he sacrificed himself (if he indeed did) moe than one billion people believe in a jewish god and in a holy land located at the eastern shores of the european mediterranian sea. Joe Stack could be the new "messiah" for potentially religious people.

Anonymous's picture

I feel a core complete sorrow. Actions have consequences. I wish the man could have better thought through his choices. Wanting to make an exit for oneself, but also to take out nameless, faceless fellow beings--not good.

Corruption and deterioration of the rule of law makes schisms in men's minds. Their behaviour becomes unpredictable and erratic.

I fear this is but a foreshadowing of a Babylon falling.

Buddhist monks chose self-immolation in protest of soul-killing oppression.

truont's picture

Is this for real?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

This is absolutely real.  We could ask, 'is this really happening?'  the answer is still unequivocally, yes.

besodemuerte's picture

Holy Shit this is epic!

Granted it won't get more airtime than your local 7/11 being robbed tonight, but I'll spread this story to everyone I know.

koaj's picture

this is real was his website. check the WHOIS on it

JohnG's picture

The site is already down.

JohnG's picture

The site is already down.

Anonymous's picture


Anonymous's picture

According to file under CRAP no. Just a chance for
ZH to get on their Libertarian bully pulpit.

Assetman's picture

Yeah... and the scary thing is there are millions of others who are one or two steps away from being the next Joe Stack.

That's something very serious to think about.

faustian bargain's picture

Indeed. If I worked for the government, I'd be notching it up to deep orange alert.

Anonymous's picture

Good! More and faster!

You push people who have nothing to lose, and they lose it. I know dozens of hard-working people who, due to specific, quantifiable government bullshit, will likely be destitute for the rest of their lives.

If this is what it takes to shout "NO!", then so be it.

lsbumblebee's picture

The truth can be a terrible thing to live with.

Crab Cake's picture

"It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie."

This is a truth that can rattle any honest hardworking family man. 

We've been had. Representation, ha that's a laugh.  From the bought and sold two side of the same fiat coin two party system?

I'm sorry this man felt this was his only option, his strategy was flawed.

Stop working, stop paying taxes, stop investing, get your money out of the banks. 

Bring this crooked nation run by theives to its knees. 

Then we get justice, then we get our country back.

If you are IRS, or CIA, or military, or FBI, or local law enforcement, or NSA, and you're reading this... go F yourself. 

When you are done go take a good long look in the mirror, and remember your oath that involved something something foreign and domestic.  You bastards slipped your watch and barbarians are plundering the city.  If you have any honor resign, or do your damned job.

besodemuerte's picture

Stop working, stop paying taxes, stop investing, get your money out of the banks. 

Easier said than done.  Working -> $$$ -> my daily needs of food/shelter.

About taxes, I'd love to not file.  Then what happens when they find out I didn't file and I get a phone call?

If you are IRS, or CIA, or military, or FBI, or local law enforcement, or NSA, and you're reading this... go F yourself. 

I'm ex-military AND ex-NSA.  A large reason I'm out of those institutions is because I've swallowed the Red Pill.  I still have connections in both institutions, and their eyes are open.  It's just tough for them to pass up the sick money, benefits, security that they offer.  I agree, yet I couldn't live with myself if I were still in.  Shit brings me to tears thinking about it sometimes.

Noah Vail's picture

Nice to hear someone say that.

Anonymous's picture

"It's just tough for them to pass up the sick money, benefits, security"

If you're not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. A little bit of wisdom these fine folks are clearly in denial of. "I want things to change, I just don't want to sacrifice anything personally" Give me a break.

Congrats on getting yourself out, though.

besodemuerte's picture

Yes, but try saying that to someone who fathers a family of four and has very limited economic value outside of the military/government/intelligence realms.

I know what you're saying here, and I agree.  I'm just saying it's a very, very difficult and unforgiving choice for someone to make that is fairly progressed into their lives.

A Nanny Moose's picture

When the unwinding of this unsustainable, alternate reality occurs it is going to be painful regardless.


Anything else is denial. Pain now, or more pain later.

dorksgetlaid2's picture

"Easier said than done.  Working -> $$$ -> my daily needs of food/shelter."

That's exactly my problem with the system.  In order to exist you need to work.

If that's not slavery I don't know what is.

A Nanny Moose's picture

It's not the work. It's that the "work" us unproductive make-work. It does not feed, cloth, or shelter anyone. No genuine wealth results, and we make rules requiring that it be spent, rather than saved, lest it get taxed.

35Pete's picture

Let me ask you this. Are there enough guys like you in there that will stand up for the interests of the American people if the shit hits the fan? Or will they "just sheepishly follow orders"? 

Bob's picture

Good question.  Wonder what the answer is. 

strike for return to reality's picture

In my experience the vast majority of local law enforcement people are good people, who are trying to do the right thing.

Dick Cheney--now there is a terrorist.

You Cant Handle the Truth's picture

I'm going to second your sentiment.  In any top-down organization, all it takes is a crook at the top to sully the reputation of a lot of hard working cogs in the machine.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"In my experience the vast majority of local law enforcement people are good people, who are trying to do the right thing."

Unfortunately these people, all of us really, are enabling the thieving. Our good intentions, our desire to make the best of things, the tough choices between feeding your family and feeding the beast, this is all enabling the beast to continue.

The bargain has always been that we, you and I, would share in the spoils, that there would be a reasonable accounting and we all would receive something close to our fair share. This has always been a farce. There was never going to be a payout of the goods. The farce was extended and pretended far longer than even the bad guys thought they could get away with. We all wish to believe that it all went wrong somewhere. It was never right to begin with. It's just that the first people into the Ponzi got paid and the rest of us bought in.

False hope binds us to impossible situations. 

Gold...Bitches's picture

In my experience the vast majority of local law enforcement people are good people

I call BS on this one.

Bob's picture

The wonder of our collective rabbit hole is that we all think we're good, decent and right.  Too bad power (and the core cowardice that so often motivates people to get it) so often corrupts.