Views, comments, speculations are rife, as to who was the insider(s) involved, providing information, in the Mehran Base Attack a few days ago in Karachi. Pakistan security was blamed for everything under the sun. Yes, the side from where the attackers entered was kid’s play. The attackers probably travelled along a dirt lane running beside cinder block shacks at the rear of the base. Videos released by various TV channels showed one lone guard at the wired wall from where the breach was made.
What next? How were they so clued up to the layout of the base? Of course, an insider MUST be involved here, it is claimed. The News stated, “The investigation team will question all those who were present at the time of the attack,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. “The way the militants attacked means they had maps and were aware of all the directions inside the base,” the official added.
I am certain they had maps. The “Insider” we look for, may well be……GOOGLE!
I was forwarded this link:
It shows not only detailed maps of Mehran base but ALSO, Makran base. Should we then, expect the next attack at the Makran base?
Google Earth is a double edged sword created by Google. Vernie Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer for SFGate.com in his article states, “Government efforts to thwart terrorists by asking — or in some cases requiring — that companies censor aerial images of potential targets have failed to keep them off the Internet. Scores of federal buildings, military installations and corporate headquarters are clearly visible on some Web sites, even though the facilities are deemed vulnerable enough to censor on others. Aerial images of a nuclear power plant in Perry, Ohio, are considered so sensitive that they are blurred on Google’s popular satellite mapping service, Google Earth.But on Microsoft’s online maps, users get a crystal-clear bird’s-eye view of the facility, including the cooling towers, storage tanks and a parking lot filled with cars”.
By going through the entire base via Google Maps, and navigating through the images available in there, one may not deny the fact that this service might have served terrorists for laying out their attack plan in their targeting of the Mehran Base.
The Government of Pakistan, in light of these attacks, must immediately request these search engines not to provide maps of such facilities that can only help terrorists in their nefarious aims!
Any one listening out there?
(The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore and teaching in a University. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org).