Terrorism Hits Home – Austin, TX

As most of you know, Austin, TX was hit by terrorism when a man with a beef with the IRS flew his plane into an office building.

For those that don’t believe this was a terrorist act, you’re wrong. Plain and simple.

I went by the site to see the extent of the damage, and I have to say that I was overwhelmed. I mean, I couldn’t believe a small plane was capable of that amount of damage.

Here are some of the pictures I took. The rest you can check out on my Flickr account.

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6 Comments

  1. I read this guy’s ranting before it was pulled off the net and it went something along the line of:

    He belonged to a tax rebel group in the early 80s.

    He started his own software development company.

    Then 911 “happened” and somehow it became the Government’s fault that he could not fly his private plane in to visit his customers.

    Business went down and he had to support his extravagant lifestyle from savings (apparently he still owned the airplane, do you know how much it costs to keep a private plane in the air? Must be expensive to pay for out of savings!).

    He got divorced.

    He moved to Texas to find work.

    He started digging into his retirement to support his extravagant lifestyle (apparently he still owned the airplane, do you know how much it costs to keep a private plane in the air? Must be expensive to pay for out of money pulled from his retirement fund!).

    He remarried and then came clean to the IRS about his UNREPORTED INCOME.

    They found more unreported income that apparently his new Wife didn’t want the IRS to know about.

    He got pissed off at the IRS & the world; decided it was all the IRS’s fault and flew his private airplane into the IRS building.

    Terrorist? Not likely, “nut case” comes to mind……..

  2. I also live in Austin and pretty close to both the house he put on fire and the building on 183. He was pretty disturbed. I don’t think the amount of damage to the building means its more or less terrorism.

  3. Attack against citizens or a government installation sounds like terrorism to me.

  4. This nutcase was just that, a nutcase. Not a terrorist. That term gets spread about too much these days. You’re a terrorist if you do something to spread fear for your organisation and cause. Not if you’re an individual who just has some personal beef with the IRS.

    That’s quite some damage I hope not too many people got hurt.

    • Did you read my post?

      For those that don’t believe this was a terrorist act, you’re wrong. Plain and simple.

      This guy had a political agenda and decided to take out his rage on a Government institution by flying his fully fueled plane into a side of a building.

      Was he a loon? Not likely. Loons don’t plan things the way he did. By ensuring his family was out of the house and then torching the place. By writing a “goodbye” letter to everyone online. Then, by getting in his plane and killing himself and one in the building.

      In my opinion, what he did was no different than what Timothy McVeigh did at OKC. Granted, McVeigh killed way more people, but both took out their frustrations on a Government building in order to inflict maximum damage.

  5. I always loved Austin. Used to live there a long time ago.
    That plane story was insane. I read somewhere that he had loaded the plan with fuel to maximize impact.

    Henri

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