43 stun-gunned at prisons’ Take Your Kids to Work Day

TALLAHASSEE — A total of 43 children were directly and indirectly shocked by electric stun guns during simultaneous ”Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day” events gone wrong at three state prisons, according to new information provided Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections.

Also, a group of kids was exposed to tear gas during a demonstration at another lockup.

Three prison guards have been fired, two have resigned and 16 more employees — from corrections officers to a warden — will be disciplined due to the incidents that unfolded April 23, said DOC Secretary Walt McNeil. An investigation is ongoing.

Obama protesters arrested at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – Graduation festivities have gotten under way at the University of Notre Dame — as well as another day of arrests.

A Notre Dame police officer, left, instructs anti-... A Notre Dame police officer, left, instructs anti-abortion protestors to leave the campus during an anti-abortion protest Saturday, May 16, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. The protestors object to the selection of President Barack Obama as the Notre Dame Commencement speaker.
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Protesters are angry about the school’s decision to give President Barack Obama, who supports abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research, an honorary degree and have him speak at Sunday’s commencement.

Police Sgt. Bill Redman says 19 protesters were arrested Saturday on trespassing charges and four also faced a charge of resisting law enforcement.

Tucker Confirms Geithner Presence at Bilderberg Meeting

Intrepid Bilderberg investigator and reporter Jim Tucker of the American Free Press confirms that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will attend this year’s Bilderberg meeting in Athens, Greece.

Geithner’s presence will be in violation of the Logan Act, intended to prohibit American citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments. Congress established the Logan Act in 1799. The only Logan Act indictment occurred in 1803. It involved a Kentucky newspaper article that argued for the formation in the western United States of a separate nation allied to France. No prosecution followed.

Tucker told Alex Jones today that Geithner will attend the secretive meeting to talk about global government. Geithner recently announced while addressing the Council on Foreign Relations that he supported a proposal to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency with a composite of currencies that would be managed by the International Monetary Fund.

Documents: Paulson forced 9 bankS to take TARP

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief executives of the country’s nine largest banks had no choice but to accept capital infusions from the Treasury Department in October, government documents released Wednesday have confirmed.

Obtained and released by Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan educational foundation, the documents revealed “talking points” used by former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson during the October 13 meeting between federal officials and the executives that stressed the investments would be required “in any circumstance,” whether the banks found them appealing or not.

Paulson also told the bankers it would not be prudent to opt out of the program because doing so “would leave you vulnerable and exposed.”

The meeting was hosted by Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair and current Treasury chief Timothy Geithner, who was then president of the New York Fed. Continue reading

Governor wants to sell L.A. Coliseum, San Quentin

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison, the Orange County Fairgrounds and other state property to raise cash amid the state’s growing fiscal crisis, according to a copy of a proposal reviewed by The Times.

Sale of the properties, to be included in the governor’s revised budget plan on Thursday, would raise between $600 million and $1 billion, although it would not provide relief to state coffers for two to five years, according to the proposal.

Other items on the list for potential disposal include Cal Expo, site of the state fair in Sacramento; the Del Mar Fairground; the Cow Palace in Daly City; and the Ventura County Fairgrounds. It’s not clear whether lawmakers would be willing to part with the real state the governor has identified. Proposals to sell San Quentin and the Coliseum have not advanced in the Legislature in recent weeks

Pelosi says she learned of waterboarding in 2003

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AP – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks as President Barack Obama and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. …

WASHINGTON – Under strong attack from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in its use.

“To the contrary … we were told explicitly that waterboarding was not being used,” she told reporters, referring to a formal CIA briefing she received in the fall of 2002.

Pelosi said she subsequently learned that other lawmakers were told several months later by the CIA about the use of waterboarding.

“I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” House Speaker Nancy PelosI

Obama reverses course on alleged prison abuse photos

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama has ordered government lawyers to object to the planned release of additional detainee photos, the White House said Wednesday.

Abu Ghraib reopened this year under control of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice.

Abu Ghraib reopened this year under control of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice.

The Defense Department was set to release hundreds of photographs showing alleged abuse of prisoners in detention facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Amrit Singh, an attorney with the ACLU, said the president’s decision “makes a mockery” of his promise of transparency and accountability.