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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: The way it should be
By andyjary on 3/7/2008 5:09:50 PM , Rating: -1
Quote: “Lets see.......someone who actually believes that list of Rosie ODonnell garbage about GWB plotting the attack on our own landmarks wants to try and persuade me on who is and is not a good president and what we should do for the upcoming election.”

Ooooh! Persuade you, about what is so ‘god dam’ obliviously a cover-up for the excuse on the Iraq war. Sorry, weren’t ‘we’ supposed to be hunting-down Bin Ladin in Afganistan in the beginning, but somehow decided to invade Iraq?
For those religious types: “Thou shalt not covert thyn neighbors oil”
Why don’t you pull your head out of that dark place you got it buried and wake up and smell the coffee? Yes! It’s true! They told a lie at Pearl Harbor to allow the American people to believe it was justified to go to war in WWII (don’t you know that?) What sickens me is the fact that some ‘suckers’ seem to be totally deluded in the belief that the government would never do it again – even if it meant hurting a lot of innocent people to ‘justify’ the war in Iraq. Can you not see that? It’s you and people like you that the world needs to be scared of. We’re all constantly berating people of communist nations for following their governments like sheep, are you one of those? Don’t you ever question anything above our own godly state or do you have a cleaning job at Dick Cheney’s mansion?

RE: The way it should be
By mdogs444 on 3/7/2008 5:21:09 PM , Rating: 5
Geez, I would say you drank too much Kool-Aid....but it was obviously something far worse.

RE: The way it should be
By andyjary on 3/8/2008 4:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it wasn't kool-aid it was a truth serum - sodium pentothal! It came down the wire while I accidentally switched channels and tuned into Fox News!

RE: The way it should be
By mufdvr3669 on 3/9/2008 3:55:49 AM , Rating: 2
6. Most of the FBI’s named list of pilots of those planes that crashed into the twin towers are still working to this day!!! (fact)

John Ogonowski - Dead

Thomas McGuinness - Dead

Charles Burlingame - Dead

David M. Charlebois - Dead

Michael R. Horrocks - Dead

Victor Saracini - Dead

You are completely wrong and full of sh@%. Where are your facts when you come up with your BS. I have lists of overs 100 dead people on those planes willing to bet against your stupid conspiracy theories.

RE: The way it should be
By andyjary on 3/9/2008 9:25:05 AM , Rating: 2
I should have said 'hijackers' NOT pilots! (those poor bastards were probably murdered by the feds...)

Please feel free to do you own research, of course, but in the meantime:

RE: The way it should be
By DRMichael on 3/11/2008 11:52:49 PM , Rating: 2
Stop, please...a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Go to college, graduate, get a job.

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