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How do they do it? Don’t they ever sleep?

April 1, 2007 by

Thank goodness for congressional committees, and the committees’ subcommittees. To think, Google almost got away with the crime of the century.

ABC News is reporting that “A congressional subcommittee accused Google on Friday of ‘airbrushing history’ by replacing post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its popular map portal with images of the region taken before the storm’s devastation.”

According to ABC News: “‘Google’s use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history,’ subcommittee chairman Brad Miller, D-N.C., wrote Friday in a letter to Schmidt (Google CEO).”

I will assume that “airbrushing history” is a felony, if not a capital offense. I cannot thank Miller enough. The only reason I can sleep soundly at night is that Miller and crew are manning their posts 24/7.

But, wait a minute. It gets even more sinister. AOL News is reporting that “Miller asked Google to brief his staff by April 6 on who made the decision to replace the imagery with pre-Katrina images, and to disclose if Google was contacted by the city, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey or any other government entity about changing the imagery.”

A full-blown scandal!

The premise was so bizarre that I first thought it had to be an April Fools’ spoof. Sadly, it isn’t. It’s one more example of those wonderful, and watchful, public servants in DC. What would we do without them?

{ 9 comments }

Brent April 1, 2007 at 10:31 pm

>What would we do without them?<

Celebrate. Rejoice. And Be Glad!

nick gray April 2, 2007 at 12:44 am

Boy, just wait until they hear about Antigua and the World Court! Enough Committees for all of Congress to be happy! You’re not just going to roll over and obey the World Trade Court, are you? Not America, the Almighty?

Angelo Mike April 2, 2007 at 9:39 am

Meanwhile, DC politicians are voting whether to continue stealing hundreds of billions of dollars to continue a policy of murder in Iraq, and DC is battling it out with Detroit to be the murder capital of America. The Federal Reserve and the government carry out and authorize massive fraud and counterfeiting, destroy the livelihoods of millions of people with their monetary policy, but they can’t afford to let Google get away with posting OLD PICTURES of Louisiana.

Donnie Davies April 2, 2007 at 1:12 pm

For sure… Liberals are total nutcases. Just because Google bought a CIA funded company and put the head of that company in charge of their map division doesn’t mean there is a *conspiracy*. That’s so ridiculous. Sure the Administration has had some problems in New Orleans but its not like they would stoop to using strong-arm techniques to distort people’s perceptions through mass media. Mass media is a LIBERAL CONSPIRACY. Keep it straight.

Axel Riemer April 2, 2007 at 6:04 pm

But doesn’t the scandal run the other way? After all, here we are in 2007, and New Orleans is still in ruins. I’m sure Google was simply posting pictures of the “on-schedule” rebuilding of New Orleans (with all our tax dollars).

Man up, Google! Ask the government why New Orleans isn’t in as good of shape as their pictures show!

Bill April 2, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Google has dug its own grave and now has to lie in it. Google was/is a big player in the asking Congress to steal other peoples property nicely called “Net Neutrality”. When you pay with government fire you normally get burned. Google is feeling it. I hope they come to their senses and quick lobbying government for more perks.

t-shirts October 10, 2007 at 6:01 am

Well, I’m sure glad they stopped such madness and such absolute corruption in its tracks. This kind of thing is simply unacceptable on Google’s behalf – who are they to post images on their own software and services? Who do they think they are, thinking they own the rights to do that sort of thing? I’m so grateful for these guys who are stopping them – I mean, i’ts clear they have a LOT of work to do… sitting on Google all day must make their jobs incredibly stressful. It must be quite stressful doing humanity such a fantastic and well needed service.

sharp aquos December 19, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Well, I’m sure glad they stopped such madness and such absolute corruption in its tracks. This kind of thing is simply unacceptable on Google’s behalf – who are they to post images on their own software and services?

pet portraits January 9, 2008 at 2:59 am

Does this mean that Google is not shifting away from being the most reliable source of information? Why did they have to change the images? Perhaps they have their reasons. It must have been a before-and-after type of report.

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