More uses for Google Earth

Google Earth’s democratization of satellite imagery continues to inspire innovative uses. Just last week, a Swiss legislator proposed hunting for orange jumpsuits on satellite images of Europe to track down alleged secret CIA prisons. Google Earth comes tantalizingly close to helping along — half of Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, mentioned in the Reuters article linked to above, is shown in high resolution (KML link), but no smoking gun here, I’m afraid. Still, if incriminating satellite images were to leak out, they’d be on Google Earth as overlays in no time at all, is my guess.

Elsewhere, Asiapundit links to a blogger who’s been exploring northern Laos with Google Earth, wondering if the extensive logging he sees there is legal.