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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 SlyNine on 3/7/2008 5:06:37 PM , Rating: 2
This is my understanding of what the meaning of liberal and conservative means.

First off weather you're a liberal or conservative depends on what you believe and where you live. Say you live in a country that has health care. If you don't want health care then you are a liberal, If you want it then you are a conservative. Terrorists by nature are liberal because they want to CHANGE things.

Also I disagree, you just don't like someone that supports the government to report news. You would rather have someone that reports the other guys propaganda to fulfill your own belief that the USA is a horrible and bad place and every thing needs to change. LOL I am all for socialized medicine and health care. So I could be called a liberal (in the US) but I wouldn't want to be in the same category as you.


RE: agree
By rcc on 3/7/2008 6:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just about change. It's about change for a reason. A good conservative doesn't object to change, they are just conservative about it. Is it necessary, is it beneficial to our society. What are the negative impacts?

While many liberals consider these things, far too often it's a matter of how do I get what I want. How often does "we are standing up for your rights" turn into "we what to get xyz so you have to give up abc".

Shrugs. Perspective is an entertaining thing.


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