Brit nuke subs exposed on Google Earth
GCHQ. MI6 and SAS also laid bare
The UK's military top brass are said to be "furious" that updated imagery on Google Earth has laid bare pretty well all of Blighty's defence infrastructure, including Faslane nuclear sub base, the "nuclear crisis HQ" in Northwood, North London, the SAS barracks in Herefordshire, GCHQ in Cheltenham and MI6's spook central in London.
One shaken military expert told the Sun that "the revealing snaps would make it easy for terrorists to launch accurate mortar or rocket attacks".
He doomwatched: “A strike on our nuclear capability would cause untold devastation. Terrorists could have a field day, knowing exactly where to aim strikes to cause the maximum devastation.”
Well, here's the current view of Faslane:
And here's how it looked back in 2005:
The Sun chillingly notes that Google Earth "even reveals the longitude and latitude of the facility", which is true: 56°3'29.63"N, 4°48'47.86"W, and here's a handy .kmz for your viewing pleasure.
Here's Groton Submarine Base in CT, just to make the Brits even.
Fly over GCHQ
GCHQ is on the approach path for runway 27 at Gloucester Airport, and we fly over it on almost every trip and when doing circuits, it's an excellent landmark for getting lined up on the runway in low visibility and especially at night. So there is absolutely no difficulty getting overhead shots like on google earth, just ask for a pleasure flight at Staverton Flying School!
If "they" really wanted to cause havok, google earth isn't required.
Using their own reasoning, why are the sun reporters (I use the term loosely) not outraged at wikipedia?
Plenty of explosives and weapons info, details of bases, and plenty other sensitive and less defended areas. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Richard_Montgomery
If someone decided to blow the ship up in the Thames it would cause a lot of damage.
Don't get me wrong, I think the info should be there, part of being an open society (or at least one part the government havent taken away YET) . It just annoys me that the suntards really think that censoring google maps/earth will stop terrorism.