Google map 'gives terrorists view of top targets'

23rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 June 2005, MADRID — A row has blown up over an ambitious plan by Google to show the world from a satellite photo map which appears to help potential terrorists to hit targets in Spain.

23 June 2005

MADRID — A row has blown up over an ambitious plan by Google to show the world from a  satellite photo map which appears to help potential terrorists to hit targets in Spain.

But all the significant landmarks in the United States, like the White House, have been pixilated on the photo map to hide them.

In Madrid any would-be terrorist who wanted to launch a 9/11 style attack from the air can simply look at the Zarzuela Palace, home of the Spanish Royal family, or the Moncloa area – where the government is based – to get a better idea of what they look like from a plane.

There are also clear pictures of military bases in Madrid, like the air base at Torrejon de Ardoz, or the naval base at Rota, near Cadiz, where there is a considerable US military presence.

Outside Spain, there are similar views of the Kremlin in Moscow, the Elysee Palace, home of the French government in Paris, or 10 Downing Street in London, official residence of the British prime minister.

The Google satellite photo map differs from similar maps because it includes clear pictures of so-called 'sensitive' sites.

The Spanish agriculture ministry has a similar satellite photo map, but does not include the same areas as the Google map for reasons of 'national security'. 

Not only does the Google map include clear photos of these sensitive sites, but it has a surprising amount of detail.

The Spanish defence department has to give permission for photographs to be taken over these 'restricted areas'.

To compile a map like this, the permission of the Spanish National Geographic Institute is also needed along with the Civil Aviation Authority.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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