Google is coming! Google is coming!
No doubt the paranoids will loose their lunch over this move, and will cite it as proof the US is becoming a police state.
The US government has vastly expanded the number of local and federal authorities allowed access to US spy satellites.
Before anyone gets bent out of shape here ... let's remember that you have no expectation of privacy when you go out in public.
The U.S.'s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation's vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.
The decision, made three months ago by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, places for the first time some of the U.S.'s most powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic security officials. The move was authorized in a May 25 memo sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking his department to facilitate access to the spy network on behalf of civilian agencies and law enforcement.
Up until only a few agencies had access to the satellites, and only for scientific research.
The satellites will also be utilized for that "virtual fence" on our southern border.