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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 6:19:20 PM , Rating: 0
No there’re not! We’re not a bunch of idiots and I’ll tell you why. It’s not a conspiracy theory: we’re not talking about a grassy knoll anymore, we talking about a world run by industrial power. The kind of power that gives us, as an industrial nation, a job. Hey, I’m not going to knock the country that provides me with a job that pays my mortgage, I’m not that crazy! What I will say is this: if you think that supporting things like the Iraq war from the start as, and I quote the White House, being an “economically good proposition”, I’d really like to see how that will pan out.

Where is the shame in that that you can honestly say, “I was wrong as a country, lets make it right”? Do you think people of other countries would think less of us for that? – I don’t think so…

People from other countries don’t hate us, they hate the crap that emanates from our foreign policies and have done since post WWII.


RE: The way it should be
By SlyNine on 3/7/2008 6:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
LOL Yea like how much aid our foreign policies send out each year, Im sure they hate that. How is this world controlled by us. We remove one dictator that puts his people in acid baths and torture people with unbelievable methods and we get criticized for stopping that + genocide. So I do not see how we are governing the world one little bit. We have a voice and we speak it.

Not ever one was against the Iraq war going in and not every one is against it now. I for one see a lot of progress over there. You may watch all the anti US bs and think otherwise. It's your right to do so but it doesn't make you right.

I'm not saying that Bush's agenda is out in the open or even that honest. But you will never find one leader that is, The fact is this can help a lot of people in Iraq to a fair and just system. Give them a chance to have a democracy where they have a voice. Don't tell me they don't want that just because a few terrorist's start some trouble, most of them are not even from Iraq.


RE: The way it should be
By andyjary on 3/7/2008 8:11:54 PM , Rating: 1
Quote: “Not ever one was against the Iraq war going in and not every one is against it now. I for one see a lot of progress over there. You may watch all the anti US bs and think otherwise. It's your right to do so but it doesn't make you right.

I'm not saying that Bush's agenda is out in the open or even that honest. But you will never find one leader that is, The fact is this can help a lot of people in Iraq to a fair and just system. Give them a chance to have a democracy where they have a voice. Don't tell me they don't want that just because a few terrorist's start some trouble, most of them are not even from Iraq”

No, not everyone was against the Iraq war at that time: because nobody knew the true facts (at that time), did they?

Let’s just say that it was a F*&! Up of Mass Proportions…(FUMP)

As long as my tax dollar is going to fund jobs here and a percentage of that is going into G ‘W’ Bush’s pocket, who cares?


RE: The way it should be
By SlyNine on 3/7/2008 8:39:16 PM , Rating: 2
In your opinion. Personally I think we would've been in Iraq sooner or later, and we should have finished the job the first time.


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