FC: Federal mapping agency blocks access to topographic maps

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Sep 26 2001 - 10:39:42 PDT

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          Mapping agency blocks access, postpones outsourcing pact
          By Jason Peckenpaugh
          The National Imagery and Mapping Agency blocked access to a wide
          range of its publicly available maps last week while officials
          reviewed the maps to make sure they did not contain information
          that could jeopardize national security.
          NIMA issued the unprecedented freeze last Wednesday as a security
          precaution in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes on the
          World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to NIMA spokeswoman
          Joan Mears.
          The order prohibited agencies from selling or making accessible for
          copy all NIMA topographic maps. While most of these maps are now
          available to the public, maps of U.S. military installations and
          more detailed maps of the United States remain off-limits for
          security reasons, according to Mears.
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