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Alternate Realities Roundup 6/11

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-06-11 -

Democracy Now! plays the interview of whistleblower Edward Snowden discussing his decision to leak information about the National Security Agency’s collecting of millions of telephone records of American citizens.

Top of the Alty World

"‘You’re Being Watched’": Edward Snowden Emerges as Source Behind Explosive Revelations of NSA Spying”—Democracy Now!

A prior NSA whistleblower warns that “revenge and retaliation” is in store for Snowden for leaking classified information.—Mother Jones

Leaders of the Native American Journalist Association rejected an off-the-record meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for being against their values of a free and open press.—Indian Country Today Media Network

The Nation provides a rundown on the new comprehensive immigration-reform bill.—The Nation

Top of Alty Utah

Senate Democrats call for an investigation into the conduct of Attorney General John Swallow.—Utah Political Capitol

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Grffin calls on LDS Church leaders to support federal laws protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination.—Q Salt Lake

Utah wildlife managers support a plan to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.—KUER

An inmate at the Utah State Prison at Draper files a grievance over the use of tear gas in a confined space, a charge that previously was the basis of an ACLU lawsuit.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

Truthout compares the motivations of whistleblower Snowden to that of Private Bradley Manning, on trial for leaking information to WikiLeaks.

“In several key respects, the experiences of Snowden resemble those of Bradley Manning. Both took the enlisted person’s oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” As a condition of employment, both signed a promise not to disclose classified information; and both witnessed at close hand flagrant abuses that their consciences told them they needed to expose.”—Truthout

The Long View

Truthout looks at the new poverty-line standard and what it means for understanding and combating poverty.

“The fact that the poverty line has only now been subject to revision—50 years after the release of the first official poverty statistic—likely means that the SPM has effectively entrenched this major weakness of the official measure for another 50 years. The 2011 official poverty rate is 15.1%. The new poverty measure presented—and missed by a wide margin—the opportunity to bring into public view how widespread the problem of poverty is for American families. If what we mean by poverty is the inability to meet one’s basic needs, a more reasonable poverty line would tell us that 34% of Americans—more than one in three—are poor.”—Truthout

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