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Alternate Realities Roundup 4/12

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-04-12 -

Defense lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo Bay are reporting that information is disappearing off their servers, and e-mails and confidential e-mails are being accessed by prosecutors.

Top of the Alty World

“Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their E-mails”--ProPublica

An “Occupy Medical” clinic has set up in Eugene, Oregon, providing truly universal healthcare.—Eugene Weekly

New research from Texas State University confirms that gun rampages are on the rise in the United States.—Mother Jones

A Fox News reporter could be jailed for refusing to reveal her source regarding a story on the Aurora, Colo., shooter, but the mainstream media hasn’t given her much coverage.—BuzzFeed

Top of Alty Utah

Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee vote against proceeding with new gun-control legislation.—KUER

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams discusses prison relocation, Medicaid expansion and clean air at a recent event.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A choir of LGBT singers and straight allies looks to harmonize the community.—Salt Lake City Weekly

UTA will soon expand its service with a new line to the Salt Lake City airport, opening this weekend, but questions of revenue and executive pay still linger.—Utah Political Capitol

Rantosphere

Utah Policy’s Bryan Schott argues that Democrats call for a resolution to study working with the federal government to protect the Greater Canyonlands area of southern Utah only hurts the party’s image with rural voters.

“The lack of rural voices among Utah’s Democrats has skewed their discussion. There’s nobody counterbalancing the strong advocacy for environmental protection with the perspective of those who make their living by ranching or farming or energy development. It’s a worthy debate. It’s an argument where Democrats could find a foothold if they could balance the two messages. Right now, it’s tilted in one direction and it’s something most rural Utahns don’t want to listen to.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

Wired interviews Omar Hammami, a hunted American Jihadist, via Twitter.

“Hammami is a complex figure. He’s never attacked his fellow Americans. He reflects on his time in America with fondness. He jokes about porn and barbecue on Twitter with his unlikely buddies. And he’s chipping away at the legitimacy of America’s top adversary in east Africa one Tweet at the time, all while sunnily proclaiming his undying antagonism for his homeland. “A walking contradiction from massively different backgrounds” is how Hammami once described himself, “who is seriously passionate about what he believes in, but feels he has to go about doing it while laughing at almost everything along the way.”—Wired

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