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Pentagon bans Google Earth from mapping bases

March 6, 2008

WASHINGTON The Pentagon has banned Google Earth teams from making detailed
street-level video maps of U.S. military bases.

A message sent to all Defense Department bases and installations around the
country late last week told officials to not allow the popular mapping website
from taking panoramic views inside the facilities.

A spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command says the decision was made after
crews were allowed access to at least one base.

He says military officials were concerned that allowing the 360-degree,
street-level video could provide sensitive information to potential adversaries
and endanger base personnel.

His comments come just a few days after published reports suggested that
protesters used Google Earth to help plot their access to the roof of the
Parliament building in London.




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