Google Maps Come Under Military Fire

    March 7, 2008

OK, not literally, but Google’s Street View mapping crew could face the might of the U.S. military–should they ever try to take photos of its bases again.

According to the LA Times, Google’s vehicles were allowed on to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, provided they didn’t take any video or photographs.

A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape or photograph the historic base, which serves as a medical-training and support post. The official had believed an online map would be useful to guide visitors.

“Unfortunately, Google didn’t follow the rules,” said the person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation.

Google’s working with Defense officials to remove the images and ensure it never happens again.

Now here’s a question that might not help you sleep well at night:

How did a car, with a monstrosity of a device on its roof, get to drive around a military base? Luckily for us, it was just photos being shot!