CBS/AP: Below is an alleged online note written by Joseph Stack, who has been identified as the man who crashed a plane into a building that houses the Internal Revenue Service in Texas. A senior law enforcement official tells CBS News that the FBI is treating the "suicide note" as real.
Stack’s diary takes aim at the IRS, outraged at loopholes that benefit large corporations and the Catholic Church, but not average Americans. He claimed that the IRS cost him "$40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0."
"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," he wrote. "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."
He ended his note writing about stopping the insanity and having the IRS take his pound of flesh:
"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)
CBS News has learned the HTML source code of the Web site of the note shows that Stack generated his note using Microsoft Word on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at 19:24. The final save of the document was done Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at 6:42 am.
Here is the full text of the note: Austin Pilot Left Anti-IRS Suicide Note