Man Charged With “Terrorism” for Shooting Cop, States He Was Defending His Liberties


“There is so much wrong and on so many levels only passing through the crucible of another revolution can get us back the liberties we once had.” — Eric Frein

Ray Sanchez and David Shortell | CNN

— Suspected cop killer Eric Frein was slapped with terrorism-related charges Thursday in Pennsylvania for allegedly admitting that he shot two state troopers in a bid to change the government and “wake people up,” according to court documents.

The 31-year-old survivalist and military buff was captured October 30 at an abandoned airport after leading a small army of law enforcement officers on a weekslong manhunt in eastern Pennsylvania.

imageFrein was arraigned on charges including first-degree murder and making and possessing a weapon of mass destruction for pipe bombs found while he was on the run in connection with theSeptember 12 ambush shooting that left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex T. Douglass wounded.

The manhunt lasted almost seven weeks, involved as many as 1,000 officers at times. Authorities said the search cost more than $11 million in salaries, travel, equipment, utilities and other expenses.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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On Thursday, Frein was charged with two terrorism counts for committing “a violent offense intending top influence the policy of the government by intimidation or coercion” and committing a violent offense “intending to affect the conduct of government,” according to court documents.

After his arrest, Frein allegedly told investigators that he “wanted to make a change (in government) and that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for,” according to an affidavit filed in Pike County in support of the new charges.

Frein allegedly called the killing of Dickson an “assassination,” the court documents said. The suspect said the shootings were an attempt to bring about a change in government and to “wake up people, because it was all he could do.”

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In addition, investigators recovered a letter from Frein to his parents — addressed “Mom and Dad” — on a thumb drive in which he writes of revolution and complains that the United States “is far from what it was and what it should be”

“I have seen so many depressing changes made in my time that I cannot imagine what it must be like for you,” Frein allegedly wrote in the letter. “There is so much wrong and on so many levels only passing through the crucible of another revolution can get us back the liberties we once had. I do not pretend to know what that revolution will look like or even if it will be successful.”

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Frein’s father, Michael, a retired U.S. Army major with 28 years of service, told investigators that he trained his son to shoot and that the younger Frein “doesn’t miss.”

“Tension is high at the moment and the time seems right for a spark to ignite a fire in the hearts of men,” Frein wrote to his parents. “What I have done has not been done before and it felt like it was worth a try.”

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  • Dan

    We all know that government agents are criminals, however shooting them in cold blood is not going to bring about any philosophical enlightenment.

    • Ryan Gorman

      Dan you are absolutely right. Actions like this murderers are totally counterproductive for the movement and will now shine a negative light on anyone who speaks out against the elite and demands change.

      • Blaine Cooper

        I wonder if the British were saying the same thing about the founding fathers…….saying they were pure evil………Cops these days bunch of twats……..They shot the British in cold blood as well so this is how America was founded was is it considered this when Americans rise up again: You really think the founder’s were not going around murdering the Brits, lol……….I think some brushing up on history would be in order.

      • peck2

        Horse crap. You go ahead and give a shit how you look in a “negative light”. I will not care.

    • munched55

      I seriously doubt the founding fathers were worried about philosophical enlightenment. Someone had to take the first shot and it was him. He won’t be the last.

    • Randy Robinson

      the tea tax was not the only tax, it was the tax the broke the camels back!

  • Blaine Cooper

    I wonder if the British were saying the same thing about the founding fathers…….saying they were pure evil………Cops these days bunch of twats……..They shot the British in cold blood as well so this is how America was founded was is it considered this when Americans rise up again:

  • Eric Slafter

    Your opressors aren’t going to take the jack boot off America’s throats willingly. Pretty sure this is exactly how we treated the Red Coat law enforcement. How can it be evil to remove minions of evil?

    • Chuck Schwinger

      The British Colonial Rule was not evil….BUT they did expect to be paid the share that was agreed upon….The “Founding Fathers” were the 1% of their day, and they accumulated their vast wealth from the huge tracts of land bestowed upon them….The wealth was extracted from that land with use of slave and indentured labor..The king rightly expected to be paid his share…The Revolution was not about a 2 penny tax on tea….it was ALL about the wealthyy elite not wanting to pay tax on WEALTH THAT WAS GRANTED THEM FOR FREE….

      • Chuck Schwinger

        Ironically, the 2 cent “Tea Tax was imposed to re-coup the cost of the defense of the colony.

      • Ras Ible

        Very interesting point.

      • Lorelle Hatcher

        The problem with British rule was taxation without representation, similar to what we now have today. We send our government our money and they spend it as they please, making themselves rich, and not listening to us.

        • Randy Robinson

          it was also about their tax money paying the debt the crown owed the central bank o

          England which is why our founding fathers didn’t want a central bank here! Yet in 1913 the scam of a third one came to life & killed many of us before we were even born!

  • Rob

    Bet they tried to murder him……he probably didn’t have a choice..I am sure he don’t care to b another stat….

  • Jeramie Walton

    Huh……Sounds like he is an actual American hero with a valid point.To bad he only went after the thugs,instead if the corrupt politicians the pigs are working for.

  • Samantha Joseph

    Terrorists labeling revolutionaries as terrorists is nothing new and is the epitome of irony. If they do execute Frein they will be making him a martyr for the cause.

    • Lorelle Hatcher

      “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Nathan Hale

  • Ras Ible

    Collateral damage is what the US calls it.

  • r4g323r32

    “In 43 states, less than half the eligible population bothered to vote.”

    “In the three largest states — California, Texas and New York — less than a third of the eligible population voted.”

    I assume the government is too stupid to realize that the majority of American’s agree with Eric Frein. And labeling him a “terrorist” isn’t going to scare anybody off. Instead, it’s just going to piss people off more.

    How about we scrap the Eric Frein trial and put on trial the government and the financial ring leaders that have been manipulating smaller governments around the world for decades. Breaking countries for profit and power. That, is terrorism.

    Reacting to a broken corrupt justice system is not terrorism.

    • peck2

      Hell, I’ve been labeled a “terrorist” just because I am a NamVet. If I start shooting the pigs, another label won’t bother me much.

  • Thomas Dissell

    Eric is right , our constitution is a sham, our freedom is a lie. I’m surprised more of the people in this country don’t rise up.

  • Mitch Mitchell

    It is a pity that only when it is too late you will realize this man might just have been right. And that time may already be upon us.

  • know the truth

    Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

    -Thomas Jefferson

    • Trish House

      Yes, well, you cannot hoard land and resources and say straight faced that the people have free will. Native Americans had it when they shared resources and land, had local government in which all the people had a voice, had no jobs, no crime or courts or jails, had no mortgages or taxes. It was just people living together and cooperating with each other to grow food, feed each other, provide housing and comfort to each person in their communities. It was not utopia, but it was a thousand light years ahead of what we now call civilization, especially in terms of personal freedom.

      We are in a very unique point of human history when in the last heart beat of our existence we have, with the use of oil as cheap energy, provided ourselves with technological tools that can fix most of the woes of mankind, yet we are wasting it on the extreme self indulgence of the few while unnecessarily and cruelly causing the desperate poverty of others.

      The earth can be a vast landscape of free, self sustaining eco villages in which almost no work is necessary, all resources are free for everyone, and mankind has the time and space to use its intelligence to develop ourselves scientifically and artistically to extreme heights for the benefit of all mankind. Instead we invest our lives in creating and buying in cheap trinkets for the masses and extravagant trinkets for the uber-rich. It is appalling!


    If you need to kill a snake cut off it’s head..

  • Joe Hoeller

    We need more freedom fighters to band together and organize.

  • Blue Collar Moto

    Ironically, people have no clue about how the founding fathers did what
    they did. Try not only reading the Declaration, also attempt to
    understand the words. They made an internationally recognized compact.
    It does not grant us our rights. It only recognizes them. Then the
    constitution came about, and it is a restraining order on gov telling
    them that they are not allowed to infringe on the unalienable rights of
    Americans. Those who consent to exchange their rights for privileges and
    benefits, loose those rights. They become subjects to the public
    servants. And they better do as they’re told or they get a spanking by
    dirty SOB cops. What this guy did was wrong, no matter how justified it
    may seem. If people can’t, or won’t at least try to understand what I
    wrote above, then we are doomed. A new revolution is for the ignorant.
    Those that are responsible for what’s going on, would like nothing
    better than to see the Declaration thrown in the trash by an angry mob
    of imbeciles. Also ironic, that those who bitch about liberties the
    loudest, are the ones who talk smack on line about overthrowing the one
    document on earth that recognizes their rights to self ownership!

  • Billie Sue Atkinson

    The man they have in custody is not at all the same person….this whole scenario has way too many missing pieces and is subject to any one of us being falsely accused of major crimes. If any of us have a look alike we could all be subject to false arrest and charging…. They eyes, chin and eyes all totally different…shapes of head is even different. Slant of yes..all things which would never change about a person. Sigh…. Prayers for all this mess. Our System is refusing equal protections of law for all people and now enabling criminals to be free of charges while purposely falsely accusing others. We now have felons passing PSP Clearances and other should-be felons who place illegal unlawful authorities over us….way too often redirected by media to make people believe whatever media wants us to believe.

  • If there were any “good cops” we would hear about them arresting fellow officers, like the bad ones we see on-line, who break the law. We never do therefore, there are no good cops. While it may be too soon to shoot the bastards, it is not too soon to make a list.

  • Dont Buy it!

    I call it B*llSht he is not the criminal the person reading the falsified journal is:

  • joe

    He should be given a medal and should be left alone the only terrorist I see are the cops

  • Patrick Terrill

    Unfortunately, when people act alone like this, all they do is make the bad guys (cops) look good, and the good guys (libertarian militia) look like terrorists. The cops get their televised burial procession replete with flag covered coffin, dress uniforms and 21 gun salute. The press has a field day plastering videos of the tyrant’s bawling brats all over the television. Only organized resistance can make a difference. If you’ve got 10 or 20 guys you trust, and you can snipe, and do it without getting caught, then you can put the fear into the tyrants. So, for the next guy thinking about popping cops all by himself, remember that. You’re not helping. You’re making it worse.

  • Lee gregory

    What an idiot. Hell yeah I want change, but not to the point of murder. Not only does this type of shit get the Gov’s hackles up, but IT’S MURDER, fer cryin’ out loud. If he would have shot them in self defense, or the defense of another person, that’d be great. More fuel to the revolutionary fire, and no moral hypocricies. Now they’re just martyrs, to be used by The Gov to enact martial law.

  • Tony Nascimento

    The nation is in peril but assassinations are not the solution.