10 January 2010

Photography Not Terrorism ~ Google Maps

M. Dolores Denman Courthouse
(Appellate Division, 4th Department),
50 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604.

I was reading The Guardian this morning and came across their most recent (and well earned) criticism of the ways that British authorities mis-treat photographers under anti-terror laws. The piece cites this letter to the editor of yet another British paper suggesting that, given the availability of Google "Street View," no self-respecting terrorist would risk actually taking his own photos of public buildings. (Of course, there is no basis for thinking that terrorists use photography in this way anyhow.) So, I figured I'd see whether this was plausible by searching for the newish State Court House in Rochester. I lifted the photo at the top of the post from here ~ the court's own web page. But try this experiment - paste "60 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604" into Google Maps, select the "street view" option and see what you get. Interesting.

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