News of: Thursday, August 11 2005,

Politicians worry about terrorist risks Google Earth

Politicians in the Netherlands have asked questions in parliament about the program Google Earth.

The website provides satellite images of many locations around the world. Also strategic objects in the Netherlands, which may be of interest (for example) to terrorists can be seen and zoomed into.

Examples are the Rotterdam harbour, royal palace 'Noordeinde' in The Hague (Den Haag) and Schiphol airport.

The Ministry of the Interior says it doesn't know the program, and that air pictures are also available through other channels.
Nevertheless, several members of parliament have requested an investigation.