It’s not just the information on the Internet, but our own planet is being censored. While the governments usually hide classified secrets they don’t want their citizens to know, Google Earth hides places from the public eye for reasons best left unknown to its users.
The governments may have their reasons, both legal and illegal, to hide sensitive data; but why would Google Earth blotch out or Photoshop real physical landscapes, including an entire nation, and deceive the public?
What are they trying to hide? Top secret government airfields, non-recognized land masses, spy training facilities, or nuclear plants? Here’re the top 10 secret places Google Earth does not want you to see — courtesy of people who have physically visited these conspicuously hidden landmarks:
10. Keowee Dam, South Carolina
Google Earth has blurred out a man-made reservoir on Lake Keowee. Why? The Keowee Dam helps run the three-reactor Oconee nuclear complex producing enough electricity to power 1.9 million homes. In the event of dam failure, Oconee’s 5-feet floodwall could be swamped by more than 16 feet of water.
9. Volkel Air Base, The Netherlands
The Volkel airbase is pixilated by Google because it is one of the European sites hosting a U.S. nuclear weapon repository. According to former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, the base bunkers hold 22 U.S. nuclear bombs, each with a yield four times that of the bombs used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
8. Baker Lake, Nunavut
Baker Lake is a hamlet in the Kivalliq Region on mainland Canada. It is alleged that the blacked out area is hiding the locations of extraterrestrial beacons, whose purpose is to facilitate navigation and position-finding across the galaxy.
7. Pacific Northwest, USA
The site is close to the Washington-Oregon border and is rumored to have something to do with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) or HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program). It is alleged that FEMA is planning to imprison U.S. citizens in concentration camps if a New World Order is established. Critical thinkers claim HAARP is capable of “weaponizing” weather — triggering floods, droughts, earthquakes, and power outages.
6. Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary
The Hungarian Oil Refinery requested Google to have their location and buildings removed from the satellite images. Google obliged and rendered the area completely green. Oddly, when you try and find the location using a different map provider, you see pipelines, storage tanks, and production facilities.
5. Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands
The Huis Ten Bosch Palace, one of three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family, remains heavily pixilated on Google Earth no matter the angle. Why would Google Earth protect the Royal residence? The country produces components that can be used for creating deadly agents, chemical weapons and other kinds of weapons of mass destruction. Could it be the reason? No one has any idea.
4. Unknown Area, Russia
Unknown because no one has a clue what it is. Some speculate it’s either a radar station or a missile interceptor, while others believe this mysterious region in the Siberian Tundra has something to do with Russia’s secret cities.
3. Babylon, Iraq
Once on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and a prominent part of the Holy Bible, Babylon — the largest city in the world from 1770 to 1670 BC and between 612 and 320 BC — appears on Google Earth as an unending farmland. What could a historical tourist attraction possibly hide?
2. Colonel Sanders
The face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC, appears in exactly zero Google Street View images. That’s because, as a Google spokesperson notes, Sanders was a real person and for security reasons everyone is supposed to be blurred on Google. Like seriously?
1. House of Russia’s Highest-Paid CEO
Google Earth has blurred Alexey Borisovich Miller’s 248-room palace. Miller is the CEO of Gazprom, Russia’s largest company and the world’s biggest public energy supplier. Big deal? Privacy is for the rich, public interest is for the poor.