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Did Google censor Basra imagery? January 19, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War.
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Came across this interesting discussion online, asking if Google censored Basra imagery. The article is well researched, and links to various sources which are also worth reading.

The comment at the end made me laugh:

Soldiers from the Royal Green Jackets based at the Basra Palace base said they had considered suing Google Earth if they were injured by mortar rounds that had been directed on the camp by the aerial footage.

That’s a pretty stupid thing to say.  If you’re dumb enough to sign up and end up getting shipped out to Iraq, and then get injured by mortar rounds, that’s your fault.

There’s a nice tidbit in the comments; I wasn’t aware that DigitalGlobe was restricted by US laws from selling high resolution images of Israel.  Perhaps Iran should look at putting a high-resolution camera satelite in space, once they’ve got their nuclear ambitions sorted out.

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