Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel

"Since Google launched its Google Earth feature in 2005, the company has become a worldwide leader in providing high-resolution satellite imagery. In 2010, Google Earth allowed the world to see the extent of the destruction in post-earthquake Haiti. This year, Google released similar images after Japan's deadly tsunami and earthquake. With just one click, Google can bring the world—and a better understanding of far-away events—to your computer.

There is one entire country, however, that Google Earth won't show you: Israel.

That's because, in 1997, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, one section of which is titled, "Prohibition on collection and release of detailed satellite imagery relating to Israel." The amendment, known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, calls for a federal agency, the NOAA's Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs, to regulate the dissemination of zoomed-in images of Israel."

added - Thanks to a helpful commenter this information is incorrect and you can see and zoom in on Israel with Google Earth, at least cities and desert areas. Dimona may be a different story.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nolo... you can see the country!

I just looked at Gaza, Be'er Sheva and Bat Yam, using google earth shows you everything, road names, homes, streets,everything. Whoever sent this story to you didnt do the research first.

Thought you should know!

15/6/11 10:43 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Kobiashi - you're absolutely correct.
I lost Google Earth when I had to reformat, and I mistakenly trusted the site that said Israel was off limits. I just took the time to redownload and found out I was mistaken to post that.
Thank you.

15/6/11 5:20 PM  

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