Asked whether she considered her father a hero, Stack's adult daughter, Samantha Dawn Bell, said during a telephone interview broadcast Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America"
"Yes. Because now maybe people will listen." But she stressed that his actions were "inappropriate."
"I think too many people lay around and wait for things to happen. But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished"
She believes the reason Stack allegedly set his house on fire the morning of the attack is that
"We pay taxes on our home as well. My belief is that the house was part of the government. And I think he wanted to get rid of what was left."
"He stood up to the system," she added.
She later recanted her 'hero' statement.
"I don't want to hurt anybody," she told ABC. "We are mourning for Vernon Hunter," referring to the IRS investigator killed in the attack.For obvious reasons. Someone died and that individuals family are not going to view her Dad as a hero.
That said, however she feels, she feels.
I notice the media is alternatively telling people what to think of this situation:
'While most Americans surely see Joseph Stack as an angry, misguided man whose final act"
and at the same time, linking Joe Stack to fringe, or racist groups.
It is not surprising Stack would be portrayed as a hero on fringe Web sites such as stormfront.org, a forum for white supremacists.So, it is pretty clear the smear is on. As I said from the get go.