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Napolitano rules out terrorism in IRS plane crash

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Homeland Security correspondent Spencer S. Hsu:

A suicide plane crash that killed the pilot and an Internal Revenue Service worker at an office building in Austin, Tex., Feb. 18 was not a case of domestic terrorism, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday in a radio interview.

The pilot, A. Joseph Stack, 53, "had his own personal issues and personal motives," and was carrying out a personal agenda, said Napolitano, interviewed on The Diane Rehm Show.

"To our belief, he was a lone wolf. He used a terrorist tactic, but an individual who uses a terrorist tactic doesn't necessarily mean they are part of an organized group attempting an attack on the United States," Napolitano said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 9, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
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