Tuesday, January 16, 2007

More Reason to Fear Google?

According to the UK Telegraph, insurgents in Iraq are using Google Earth to identify targets:

Terrorists attacking British bases in Basra are using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth internet tool to pinpoint their attacks, say Army intelligence sources.

Documents seized during raids on the homes of insurgents last week uncovered print-outs from photographs taken from Google.

The satellite photographs show in detail the buildings inside the bases and vulnerable areas such as tented accommodation, lavatory blocks and where lightly armoured Land Rovers are parked...

"This is evidence as far as we are concerned for planning terrorist attacks," said an intelligence officer with the Royal Green Jackets battle group. "Who would otherwise have Google Earth imagery of one of our bases?

"We are concerned that they use them to plan attacks. We have never had proof that they have deliberately targeted any area of the camp using these images but presumably they are of great use to them.

"We believe they use Google Earth to identify the most vulnerable areas such as tents."

I don't have Google Earth currently downloaded, and I do not know if they use the same imaging as Google Maps. However, I was surprised at the level of detail displayed on Maps when I searched 'Basra, Iraq.'

Ultimately, easy access to the internet will be part of the downfall of violent islamism.

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