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Passion Islam I May 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
India’s spy satellite to
CIA “no longer”
eye terrorists, infiltrators
using secret
prisons: director
Revelations about the “black sites”
caused international outrage during
former president George W. Bush’s
The CIA is “no longer” operating
secret prisons used by the intelligence
agency to interrogate terrorism
suspects, and plans to shut all
remaining “black sites,” where harsh
interrogation techniques including
waterboarding took place, the spy
agency’s director said.
The statement by the Central
Intelligence Agency chief confirmed
the spy service was carrying out an
order from President Barack Obama
to shut down the secret prisons that
have been condemned at home
and abroad as a flagrant violation of
human rights.
India launched a spy satellite from weather conditions including under “ CIA no longer operates detention
Sriharikota spaceport, it is primarily cloud cover, a capability that Indian facilities or black sites and has
to keep an eye on its borders round- satellites do not have. proposed a plan to decommission the
the-clock and help the government Given the sensitiveness of the remaining sites “
in anti-infiltration and anti-terrorist venture, the Indian Space Research CIA director Leon Panetta”CIA no
operations. Organization is tight-lipped over the longer operates detention facilities or
The 300-kg radar-imaging satellite mission, not giving out much details. black sites and has proposed a plan
has been built by Israel and is set to A senior ISRO official said that the to decommission the remaining sites,”
blast-off on board India’s home-grown significance of the satellite is its all- CIA director Leon Panetta said in a
rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch weather capability. letter sent to agency employees.
Vehicle (PSLV), PTI reported. “It will be primarily used for “I have directed our agency
This remote-sensing advanced defense and surveillance. The personnel to take charge of the
imaging satellite, to be positioned 550 satellite also has good application decommissioning process and have
km above the earth, has all-weather in the area of disaster management further directed that the contracts for
capabilities. and in managing cyclones, floods site security be promptly terminated,”
It carries Synthetic Aperture and agriculture-related activities,” he he said.
Radar (SAR) payload, which can said. Pametta said the agency had
take images during day, night and all also discontinued using contract
employees to conduct interrogations,
Fire damages Makkah tower
a concern of influential congressional
members who called the practice an
A fire at King Abdul Aziz Endowment nine floors of
invitation to abuse.
Towers gutted six floors of Sara Tower Hajer Tower.
in the complex located close to the The seven-
Grand Mosque. No deaths or injuries tower King Abdul
ant to W
were reported in the blaze that was Aziz endowment
quickly contained by Civil Defense. project, which is
Eyewitnesses said the fire broke being constructed
out soon after Asr prayer while some by Saudi Binladin
workers in the building were welding Group, is one of Email us on
iron rods on wooden scaffoldings. the largest residential projects in the
The fire damaged a large part of the world. Spread over an area of 1.4
building, which is under construction. million square meters, the project
or call
This is the second fire in the will cost SR6 billion. Work on two
building in six months. The first fire, towers, Marwa and Safa have been
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which burned for 10 hours, consumed completed.
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