The world wide web's dark side strikes yet again, this time with the popular web application Google Earth. Ironically, the satellite mapping system that was funded by IN-Q-TEL, the CIA's venture capital arm, is reportedly helping Islamic terrorists target and kill innocent Israeli civilians.
According to an Undhimmi report, members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade -- the military wing of West Bank's Fatah party -- are using Google Earth to pinpoint Israeli civilian targets for their missile attacks.
Several of al-Aqsa's members even went on the record with Slate, describing the militant Islamic group's methods for lobbing rockets at Israel:
“The technology is always improving,” a terrorist calling himself Abu Saif told journalist Sharon Weinberger. “Our struggle started with the Kalashnikov, and then it moved to the suicide bomb, then the locally made rocket, and now the Grad rocket.”
Gaza terrorists in rocket launching crews use Google Earth to aim their weapons, Abu Said said. The program is seen as superior to maps because it is more up-to-date and gives precise locations for potential targets.
Gaza terrorists who spoke to Weinberger said they plan to continue with rocket attacks despite the deployment of the Iron Dome system, which shoots short-range rockets out of the air. “The Israelis are using a lot of money for this defense, but during the last rocket attacks, our rockets made it through,” explained Abu Hamza, a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist.
Saif later went on to suggest Gaza and West Bank terrorists would soon be employing new technologies to further their attacks against Israel. And reports have already surfaced of terrorists launching a laser-guided missile at an Israeli school bus, killing one teenager.
According to both Slate and Undhimmi, Hamas and Fatah terrorists are also stepping up their PR campaigns by making and disseminating their own "promo" videos. One of Abu Saif's videos was reportedly even sent to Al Jazeera.
“In some way, rocket making has almost become an extreme form of reality television,” Weinberger suggested, “with the militants understanding that playing to the cameras is as important as, or perhaps more important than, actually launching rockets.”
It makes one take pause when our own technologies end up being used against us, and our allies.