You’ve no doubt today heard about the plot to blow up some fuel lines to JFK, with three people arrested and one still sought. A friend who is stuck doing the Saturday newsdesk shift sent me this, scanned from the indictment:
In a related matter, earlier this week, plans for the new US embassy in Baghdad showed up online. The relevance of that leaked information was downplayed thus:
“The actual information that was up there was purely conjectural and conceptual in nature,” spokesman Jeffrey Willis said. “Google Earth could give you a better snapshot of what the site looks like on the ground.”
Noted! Are you listening, insurgents?
What is the problem here? Actually, neither Abdul Kadir, “a citizen of Guyana and former member of its parliament“, nor Jeffrey Willis are GIS or security experts, and neither are qualified to make such statements. It would be a pity if their opinion were to be used as “evidence” for the need to censor Google’s high resolution imagery.