Navy to 'Camouflage' Swastika Building

Google Earth views revive old controversy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 1:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – When it was finished in 1970, officials realized a building at a San Diego Navy base looked like a swastika, the Guardian reports. But after images of the building from Google Earth sparked outrage, the Navy has decided to do something about it. The Navy will spend $600,000 to “camouflage” the building with landscaping and solar panels, it announced yesterday.

In a pre-internet era, it didn’t seem like a big deal to add extra L-shaped barracks to the one originally planned. The architect insists it’s not a true swastika. “It's four L-shaped buildings,” he said. “Looking at it from the ground or the air, it still is.” But no denial will quell the conspiracy theorists swarming around the story.