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Google Guerrilla
Basra on Google Earth

From the Telegraph, quoted at length:

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.

Written on the back of one set of photographs taken of the Shatt al Arab Hotel, headquarters for the 1,000 men of the Staffordshire Regiment battle group, officers found the camp's precise longitude and latitude.

“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 believe they use Google Earth to identify the most vulnerable areas such as tents.”

“TerraServer appropriated as a guerilla tactic.”

  • Anonymous
  • January 15, 2007 at 8:11:00 AM CST
  • I wonder how come intelligence don't go over the satellite photos of google and erase or limit what is considered military secret bases.
    in this era of massive terror, how can we let our selves be exposed to all this guerrilla groups and let them have it all the easy way, very anguishing indeed!

    (and i'm almost sure i've understood that google satellite photos are not up to date so how come this bases with such accuracy appear in them?)

  • Anonymous
  • January 17, 2007 at 5:16:00 PM CST
  • moon:

    Fresh imagery appears in Iraq because I, for one, would be hard pressed to name a location that is receiving MORE frantic satellite time than Iraq, Basra included.

  • Alfonzo
  • January 24, 2007 at 4:09:00 PM CST
  • Yeah I was about to comment that it isn't live updating but I see your point ^^. Also Moon, there are things on Google Earth that have been censored, look at the roof of the White House for example - it's blocked over.

    EDIT; just checked, and its not blocked over anymore! It certainly used to be, they must have updated it.

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