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Google Earth urged to blur images of potential terror targets

New York, 10 June 2007: New York state lawmaker Michael Gianaris called on Google Earth to blur views of potential terror targets on its maps. At a press conference on June 10, the Queens assemblyman said that the federal authorities need to work with Google to blur maps that detail sensitive areas such as airports, chemical storage plants and military bases.

The call comes after reports that the terrorists who were plotting to blow up a pipeline feeding JFK airport, used the site to plan their attack.

Gianaris said he had written three letters to Google Earth’s CEO and had received one response, saying the website has enough security measures in place.

Google said in a statement: “Anyone who flies above or drives by a piece of property can obtain similar information. Google takes security concerns very seriously, and is always willing to discuss them with public agencies and officials.”