Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Google Map/Earth: Powerful tools (for terrorists?)

Just 2 days back, when terrorist attacked PNS Mehran in Karachi, Pakistan, I heard question like below from almost all quarters:

How terrorist plan attack with such detail? who gave them the detailed information, like, where the assets are? what kind of assets they are? how much close or far they are from the outer perimeter? what the surrounding environment is like? so on and so forth.

Have a look at these pictures and the link to Google Map of PNS Mehran, Karachi, Pakistan. See the amount of detail it offers to its viewer.

PNS Mehran - Click to open full size image in a new window

PNS Mehran - Click to open full size image in a new window

PNS Mehran - Click to open full size image in a new window

Click on this link to see Google Map of PNS Mehran, Karachi, Pakistan.

Is there any security threat?

Some of you might ask what the heck these images can do?

Well, quite a lot…

Terrorists 'use Google maps to hit UK troops' - Terrorists attacking British bases in Basra are using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth internet tool to pinpoint their attacks – The Telegraph

Google Earth used to target Israel - Palestinian are using Google Earth to help plan their attacks on the Israeli military and other targets – Guardian UK

Google Earth accused of aiding terrorists - An Indian Court has been called to ban Google Earth amid suggestions the online satellite imaging was used to help plan the terror attacks that killed more than 170 people in Mumbai last month – The Sunday Times

Google Earth High Resolution Images a Threat to China – China wants the United States Government to take action to get Google to reduce the resolution of the Google Earth images of China's military, nuclear, space, energy and other sensitive government agency installations – Wikileaks

How to mitigate that threat?

If this is the case, then how we can mitigate that threat? is this possible to block details of sensitive installations? is there any precedent where Google agree to hide details?

Google erases British bases in Iraq – The Regster UK

Google Earth agrees to blur pictures of key Indian sites – Times of India

NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen : This is the site of the main operating of NATO's Airborne Early Warning Control Force's E-3A Component, which provides an early-warning radar system to enhance NATO's air- defense capabilities. The base includes 17 E-3A aircraft used for air surveillance and air-operations-communications support. Crews from 14 nations, including Spain, Turkey and the U.S., power the aircraft

Soesterberg Air Base, in the Netherlands: This Dutch air-force base and former F-15 base for the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War can't be seen via Google Maps.

Reims Air Base in France: This lone building on Reims Air Base in France is blurred out.

Ramstein Air Base in Germany: Ramstein Air Base figures prominently in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It's the home of the 86th Airlift Wing and headquarters of U.S. Air Forces in Europe. It is also a NATO installation. Americans, Canadians, Germans, British, French and other nationalities comprise the base's population

List of locations on Google Map with missing or blur imagery – Wikipedia

Shamsi Air Base – The only camouflaged location in Pakistan

See how Shamsi (Predator) Air Base has been camouflaged? Why Shamsi Air Base alone in Pakistan? off course because we gave that to Americans for Drone Attacks! 

Shamsi Air Base - Click to open full size image in a new window

Click here to open Google Map of the Shamsi Air Base in a new window.

Monday, May 23, 2011

“Raashee” Bastards of Pakistan FC & Police

Chechens killed were unarmed, had not put up any resistance and appeared ready to surrender – Dawn – Read More

One woman raises her arm for plea for help, but the response from the security forces was a hail of bullets. There were no survivors. BBC – Read More

Addiction of Bribe took lives of 5 innocent, unarmed Chechens – Read More

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Great Human Tragedy

I'm at a loss for words to comment on the immense tragedy that girl and her family is going through. Wallah ! if Allah All Mighty ruin our society with Azab on this incident alone that would be just. Astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah.

Thank you Syed Talat Hussain... you are different from the lot.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Unite, Raise your voice and get heard !

PTI-ProtestAgainstDronesDrone attacks, corrupt government / establishment begging for more US AID against the killing of our own fellow country men and looking for opportunities to pile up more and more US$ in their foreign accounts... Its high time ! regardless of which political party you belong or support, this issue demands action from ALL PAKISTANIs. Unite, raise your voice and get heard !

Join in the protest organized by PTI on 21 & 22 May 2011.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hanging Out: Bowling @ Arena

Unlike our last tournament on yellow alley, we go for blue one this time. Enjoyed a lot and played well :D

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Hanging Out: Karachi Zoo

My first experience… my first reaction: A lot of space for improvement. Some of the newer and smaller parks managed by CGDK are much more organized and cleaner!

The biggest metro of the country has yet to wait for a standard safari/zoo park. And then I wonder why there aren't any private sector companies filling the gap? provided the opportunity is big to make bucks.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death


May 6, 2011

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.

By Noam Chomsky

It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress “suspects.” In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it “believed” that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.”
Nothing serious has been provided since. There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,” but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement.
There is also much media discussion of Washington’s anger that Pakistan didn’t turn over bin Laden, though surely elements of the military and security forces were aware of his presence in Abbottabad. Less is said about Pakistani anger that the U.S. invaded their territory to carry out a political assassination. Anti-American fervor is already very high in Pakistan, and these events are likely to exacerbate it. The decision to dump the body at sea is already, predictably, provoking both anger and skepticism in much of the Muslim world.

It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.”

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.
There’s more to say about [Cuban airline bomber Orlando] Bosch, who just died peacefully in Florida, including reference to the “Bush doctrine” that societies that harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves and should be treated accordingly. No one seemed to notice that Bush was calling for invasion and destruction of the U.S. and murder of its criminal president.
Same with the name, Operation Geronimo. The imperial mentality is so profound, throughout western society, that no one can perceive that they are glorifying bin Laden by identifying him with courageous resistance against genocidal invaders. It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.”

There is much more to say, but even the most obvious and elementary facts should provide us with a good deal to think about.

Copyright 2011 Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. He is the author of numerous best-selling political works. His latest books are a new edition of Power and Terror, The Essential Chomsky (edited by Anthony Arnove), a collection of his writings on politics and on language from the 1950s to the present, Gaza in Crisis, with Ilan Pappé, and Hopes and Prospects, also available as an audiobook.

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