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6/4/2007
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Will Terrorists Use Google Earth?

Does Google Earth provide too much information? Could it become a tool of terrorists? Last month, I asked if the CIA would eventually censor Google Earth. Now we discover that the suspects being held for the JFK terror plot supposedly referenced Google Maps as a part of the supposed plan.

Does Google Earth provide too much information? Could it become a tool of terrorists? Last month, I asked if the CIA would eventually censor Google Earth. Now we discover that the suspects being held for the JFK terror plot supposedly referenced Google Maps as a part of the supposed plan.Here is a look at what the suspects said:

One of the plotters behind the alleged scheme to explode gas pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport directed his co-conspirators to use Google Earth to obtain detailed aerial photos of the targeted facility.

If you follow the link above you can see transcripts of the interrogation.

What do you think? Did the suspects actually reference Google Maps? And in a broader context, just how much information should Google Maps be allowed to show its users? Is there such a thing as too much transparency?

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