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12 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I September 2009
Permission Issued for Building
First Mosque in Copenhagen
Muslims in the capital will finally have be 13m tall, while the blue dome is expected to cost about 50 million
fitting place of worship with a mosque stretching another 24m up. The kroner, which will be funded through
being constructed mosque will also have two minarets private donations.
Copenhagen’s first mosque will be at a height of 32m. ‘Copenhagen has a cathedral, a
a blue dome structure in the Nørrebro The minarets will be largely Russian church, a synagogue and
district after the City Council voted in symbolic as they will not be used to of course we should also have a
favour of approving a district plan for call people to prayer, reports TV2 new mosque. I hope it will be a place
its construction. News. that’s full of life and inviting to show
The council voted for a 2000sqm The building will include a prayer that Copenhagen is a diverse city,’
former machine factory on Vibevej room, amphitheatre, conference said Klaus Bondam, head of the
Road to be transformed into the 32m centre, library and housing quarters city’s technical and environmental
tall place of worship for the city’s for visiting imams. department.
Muslims. The project is being organised
The building’s frontal facade will by the Ahlul Bait Association and
US establishes new
interrogation unit
The White House says it will directly
supervise a new unit that is being set
up to interrogate high value terror
The announcement came as
the Obama administration named a
federal prosecutor who will investigate
past cases of detainee mistreatment.
For years, the Central Intelligence
Agency stood at the forefront of U.S.
efforts to extract information from
terror suspects in the post-9/11 era.
That role is changing, according to
White House spokesman Bill Burton.
“The president, at the consensus
recommendation of his inter-agency
task force on interrogations and
detainees did put in place a new
group, the High-Value Interrogation
Group, which will be housed at the
of debate in Washington. The Bush exceeded Bush-era guidelines on the
FBI,” said Bill Burton. “And it will bring
administration strenuously defended treatment of terror suspects.
together all the different elements of
so-called “enhanced interrogation White House spokesman Burton
the intelligence community to get the
techniques” like sleep deprivation to says President Obama’s view of the
best intelligence possible.”
obtain information from detainees, matter has not changed.
Administration officials say the
and admitted to harsher treatment, Meanwhile, the Justice Department
CIA will continue to take part in
like the simulated drowning technique released a declassified CIA report
interrogations, but that an FBI official called water boarding, that was used from 2004 detailing past interrogations
will direct the effort with oversight by in the immediate aftermath of the of terror suspects and the techniques
the National Security Council, which September 11 terror attacks. that were used. In one case, a U.S.
reports directly to the president. The Obama administration has interrogator reportedly threatened
President Obama came to office made no move to prosecute former to kill the children of detained al
promising to outlaw torture in U.S. high ranking Bush administration Qaida mastermind Khalid Sheikh
intelligence gathering. But just what officials for torture, but has left open Mohammed if new terrorist attacks
constitutes torture has been a matter the possibility of charging anyone who were launched on the United States.
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