Terrorists Seen Using Google To Hit British




 
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January 14th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Terrorists Seen Using Google To Hit British


Washington Times
January 14, 2007
Pg. 6

Web maps reveal base weaknesses
By Thomas Harding, London Daily Telegraph
BASRA, Iraq — Terrorists attacking British bases in Basra are using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth Web site to pinpoint their attacks, British army intelligence sources say.
Documents seized during raids on the homes of insurgents last week uncovered printouts from photographs taken from the Web site.
The satellite photographs show in detail the buildings inside the bases and vulnerable areas such as tented accommodation, toilet blocks and where lightly armored 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 troops 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?”
The officer, however, said the military has no proof that insurgents have deliberately targeted any area of the camp using the Google images.
One soldier has been killed in the past six months following a mortar attack, and there have been several injuries.
Since the maps were found, intelligence chiefs have been keeping track of where rounds land to see whether the insurgents are using them to pinpoint weakly protected areas.
The British camps experience mortar and rocket attacks on a daily basis. Salvos are fired from up to four miles away and are increasingly accurate.
Yesterday three rounds were fired into Basra Palace. No one was injured.
Intelligence sources also think the insurgents are receiving more training and weaponry from Iran to improve their fighting skills. But the British are gathering more intelligence on mortar crews and carrying out several “strike operations” to detain the operators.
Anyone with access to the Internet can sign up to Google Earth and by simply typing in the name of a location they can receive very detailed imagery down to identifying types of vehicles.
Google is one of several Internet outlets that buy aerial imagery, usually taken by aircraft but sometimes by satellite, from governments or mapping companies.
The age of the maps is not clear, but it is thought the Basra images were made within the past two years.
Maj. Charlie Burbridge, the British military spokesman in Iraq, said: “We take the security of our bases very seriously and we constantly review the means to provide secure accommodation for our soldiers.
“There is a constant threat of reconnaissance missions to access our bases and using these Internet images is just another method of how this is conducted.”
A Google spokesman said the information could be used for “good and bad” and was available to the public in many forms. “Of course, we are always ready to listen to governments’ requests,” he said.
“We have opened channels with the military in Iraq but we are not prepared to discuss what we have discussed with them. But we do listen and we are sensitive to requests.”
There have also been reports that the images are being sold to rogue militias in the marketplace in Basra.
January 14th, 2007  
Gator
 
 
Well, I don't know about you Major, but I'd much rather be hit with a Google Bomb than hit with an IED or a Mortar.

As for the Brits, I'd say moving things around would be a good place to start, as the base itself is not invisible, and there may be Iraqis or those sympathetic to the Iraqi cause working near or even on the base.

As for the view from Space, well that's why nice things like Camouflage Netting are made.

Stomping ones feet and blaming ones enemy for being smart is not the way to win a War.
January 14th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 
you would be amazed at what you can find on google earth if you knew where to look
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January 14th, 2007  
Gator
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Team Infidel
you would be amazed at what you can find on google earth if you knew where to look
And, since the Earth cannot be moved, I'd say it would be best to move some of that stuff on the Base around from time to time Major.

Oh, and use the Netting.
January 15th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 
i haven't seen a net in months.... and they can't move one of Saddam's palaces anywhere...
January 15th, 2007  
Gator
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Team Infidel
i haven't seen a net in months.... and they can't move one of Saddam's palaces anywhere...
True Major, but the some of the Iraqis fighting the US know the lay of the land around the Palace anyway.

I know those lightly armored Land Rovers can be moved, and should be moved often. Tented accommodations and toilet blocks can also be moved, although not as easily as Land Rovers.

If I were in charge of finding out about the mortar attacks I would be looking at the streets and such and see if they are marking spots where trucks used to fire mortars can stop and know what they need to do to hit a target they cannot see.
January 15th, 2007  
bulldogg
 
 
Or they can put an injunction on googleearth to reduce the clarity of certain locations as they do in the US.
January 15th, 2007  
Padre
 
 
Somebody intoduce the insurgents to "DOOGLE." That'll throw them off for at least a month.

January 16th, 2007  
Wallabies
 
So instead of having the land rovers there they put the sleeping accomadation there? A base is only so big.
January 17th, 2007  
phoenix80
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Team Infidel
i haven't seen a net in months.... and they can't move one of Saddam's palaces anywhere...
99% of US Air Bases and Army Bases are visible on google earth. And the pictures are crystal clear. Soviets would have loved google earth if it had existed in their time. But I am sure Chinese & North Koreans are using it very well.
 


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