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On Friday, prosecutors in Alaska filed a memo in opposition to Mary Ann Morgan's release in advance of a bail hearing on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Skrocki argued in the filing that Morgan is "a danger to the community, a flight risk and is totally incapable of abiding by any conditions issued by this court concerning pretrial release given her sovereign citizen beliefs."
Last week, Morgan was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, after border agents found a Beretta .32 caliber pistol in her car at the Alaska Highway border crossing into Canada.
But, according to the filing, a "horde of documents" found in Morgan's car suggests she may have had bigger plans. The documents include hand-written directions on how to build pipe bombs and render salt into an explosive, and were "all apparently written in the defendant's hand," according to prosecutors. There was also information from the internet on Ricin, a lethal toxin derived from castor beans, a list of common household poisons, a reference to a "poisonous planets database" and a written reference to an internet site called "close combat training.com" which is exactly what is sounds like.
Morgan also had apparently scribbled down websites related to "remote viewing," which the "Learn Remote Viewing" website describes as a practice "that unlocks the unconscious mind's inherent ability to obtain knowledge about any person, place, thing or even in the past, present or future." One site advertised a DVD called "The Killshot" about secret military remote viewing programs, another advertises "Remote Viewing products" to help predict sports games or the financial markets.
A series of documents allegedly found in Morgan's car also detail how best to a carry concealed firearm without a permit, courtesy of a Dr. Ignatius Piazza, the founder of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. Suggestions include carrying your gun in a "bra holster" to best utilize the "element of surprise," and carrying your gun in a fanny pack, though "you are not fooling anyone who is paying attention, but that is less than 1% of the population! Great for hot days, picnics, the beach, etc."
The documents also give instructions on what to do with your gun when you go to the bathroom or when you're taking a shower ("if you are in an occupation where your life is in danger 24/7, a stainless steel 38 special with lacquer dipped in cartridges might be a good companion to your soap on a rope").
Morgan is secretary of Schaeffer Cox's Alaska Peacemakers Militia, according to prosecutors, and has also been a frequent poster on the Google forum for the Alaska Citizens Militia. In one post, Morgan described how she served on the jury for Cox's common-law trial in the back of a Denny's restaurant. Cox is currently awaiting trial for allegedly stockpiling weapons in a plot to kill several state officials.
In her role as secretary, Morgan allegedly signed a number of documents in July 2011, typical of sovereign citizens, in defense of David Rhoner, who she refers to as "Ambassador David." Writing as "Secretary for Ambassador David," Morgan allegedly issued a "cease and desist" order claiming that Alaska courts had no jurisdiction over "Ambassador David." The pleading said that if the court persisted it "can be perceived as an Act of War..." and also tried to place a commercial lien of $150,000 on the judge's property or wages. It then referred the complaint to the "State of Alaska Grand Jury" for investigation.
Prosecutors also pointed to Morgan's initial court appearance, in which she refused to provide her name and demanded to appear before the grand jury, as reasons why she should not be released on bail.
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