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Google Earth Street View Image of Fort Sam Houston before it was Removed  (Source: BBC News)
Pentagon bans Google from taking images and video of military installations

Services like Google Earth are viewed by many to be nothing more than an interesting curiosity.  However, for the U.S. military and other world governments the satellite images and other footage Google offers on its Earth service represents a big security risk.

BBC News reports that the Pentagon has banned Google from filming inside and making detailed studies of U.S. military bases. The ban comes after detailed footage from inside and outside of the U.S. military base at Fort Sam Houston in Texas turned on up Google Earth’s Street View service.

Street View is a service of Google Earth that allows users of the application to travel down streets from the perspective of a car driver. The problem the Pentagon had with these images was that they were shot with great detail and were found to represent a significant security risk.

The defense department said in a statement quoted by BBC News, “Images include 360-degree views of the covered area to include access control points, barriers, headquarters, facilities and community areas.” The fear is that terrorists could use the detailed images to develop plans to attack the base.

Larry Yu, a Google spokesman, told BBC News that the decision to enter the US military base had been a “mistake.” Yu further said, “[it is] not our policy to request access to military installations, but in this instance the operator of the vehicle with the camera on top - which is how we go about capturing imagery for Street-View - requested permission to access a military installation, was given access, and after learning of the incident we quickly removed the imagery".

The U.S. military isn’t the only military force that has had problems with images shown on Google Earth. DailyTech reported in July of 2007 that satellite imagery form Google Earth had shown a new Chinese ballistic missile sub in dock. Indian officials became irate when images of its new Sukhoi 30 MK1 aircraft turned up on Google Earth as well.

A U.S. spy agency stated in May of 2007 that curbs needed to be placed on satellite images made available to the public.

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RE: agree
By mdogs444 on 3/7/2008 4:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
He has admitted that he is extremely far left leaning on air, unlike the people from Fox News.

But that is an opinionated show, must like many of the shows on Fox News. If its an opinionated talk show, what differce does it make if they are all right winged? The bottom line is that no one is forced to watch fox news, but you're upset that Fox News audience is larger than all the other combined for its popular shows.
Look at the people who are terrorists in the world today: conservatives, all of them, I am sorry to say.

I think you have a very misconstrued definition of "terrorist". What is a terrorist - someone who doesn't stand for the same things YOU believe in? Well in that case, Im one...and proud of it. However, back to the facts - please name these conservatives, "all of them" as you say, who are terrorists by definition.

Not one liberal? John Walker Lindh?
I DO have a problem, as I said in my first posting, with them saying that they are 'Fair and Balanced' (their tagline, which they are nothing close to being) and existing while perpetuating that lie that they are 'Fair and Balanced'.

The "Fair and Balanced" statement holds true to those who are either conservatives or routinely watch the shows to get a viewpoint on a certain topic. I wouldnt want to watch it if they always portrayed the global warming crap, or talked about increasing welfare and social programs. What is "fair and balanced" is up to the individual person who is watching the channel. They do not exist to to please everyone - but they obviously share a very common viewpoint by results of their ratings!
The only people who do that are conservatives, who when you buck their viewpoints, threaten you with violence against your body and murdering you. Have you ever heard of a liberal saying "You do what I want you to do or I will kill you!"

I've never heard a conservative threaten anyone with violence for disagreeing with a viewpoint. You are just going on rants and raves because the people you talk to do not buy into the sissy liberal b.s. If you do not want that type of feedback, then start talking to a new audience who shares your same view.
Liberals simply want to be LEFT ALONE and be allowed to do what they want to do, as long as they are not causing physical harm to someone else by doing what they are doing without that other person's permission.

Liberals want to be LEFT ALONE? Are you serious? Liberals want to increase peoples taxes, force us to drive smaller and lower performance cars, and change my entire lifestyle...but they dont want me to say anything about it and just wnat me to leave them alone?

Wow. Back to my previous statement...."want their cake and eat it too"....while also eating everyone elses, but expecting them to keep quiet about it.

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