Pentagon and Google Street Views Do Not Mix

Google's Street View has been at the center of privacy concerns, so this is just the latest story in that chain ... but why would guards let them onto a base in the first place?

A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape or photograph the historic base, which serves as a medical-training and support post. The official had believed an online map would be useful to guide visitors.

"Unfortunately, Google didn't follow the rules," said the person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation.

Google spokesman Larry Yu said the driver in question broke Google's strict policy of not venturing onto military bases and private property.

Some guard should be in the doghouse - or perhaps the guardhouse - over this.