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Eric Frein Terrorism Charges: Survivalist Wanted a Revolution

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By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 08:58 AM

Eric Frein was charged with terrorism on Thursday for wanting a revolution, in addition to the murder and attempted murder charges already filed against the Pennsylvania survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and critically wounding another in an ambush attack in September.

Authorities say Frein shot and killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded trooper Alex Douglass, 31, on Sept. 12 at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa.

According to NBC News, the additional terrorism charges – trying to influence the policy of government by intimidation or coercion and terrorism to affect the conduct of a government – carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

In an amended complaint filed by the authorities in Pennsylvania's Pike County Magisterial District Court on Thursday, police charged that Frein said during interrogation 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," reported the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities also found on a thumb drive a letter addressed to "Mom and Dad" that complained about the condition of the country, according to the criminal complaint.

"Tension is high at the moment and the time seems right for a spark to ignite a fire in the hearts of men," the letter says, according to NBC News. "What I have done has not been done before and it felt like it was worth a try."

"There is so much wrong and on so many levels (that) only passing through the crucible for another revolution can get us back to the liberties we once had. I do not pretend to know what the revolution will look like or even if it would be successful," the letter said.

The Times reported that Frein already faces the death penalty on his murder charge and is being held without bail. He is not expected back in court until Dec. 9.

Attorney James Swetz told the Pocono Record that he was hired by Frein's parents and that he was earlier denied an opportunity to talk with Frein.

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Eric Frein was charged with terrorism on Thursday for wanting a revolution, in addition to the murder and attempted murder charges already filed against the Pennsylvania survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and critically wounding another in an ambush attack in September.
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