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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