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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the eyes-in-the-skies dept.
cold fjord writes "Politico reports, 'Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she once found a drone peeking into the window of her home — the kind of cautionary tale she wants lawmakers to consider as they look at allowing commercial drone use. ... she used the episode to implore lawmakers to "proceed with caution." Feinstein said she encountered the flying robot while a demonstration was taking place outside her house. She said she went to the window to peek out — and "there was a drone right there at the window looking out at me." ... "Obviously the pilot of the drone had some surprise because the drone wheeled around and crashed ..." she said. ... Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that she has seen firsthand the surveillance capabilities of drones and called civilian privacy concerns "significant." She ... recommended a search warrant requirement. Feinstein said she is working on legislation with the Commerce Committee and urged senators to move swiftly to create "strong, binding enforceable privacy policies that govern drone operations before the technology is upon us."'"
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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

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  • by bhlowe (1803290) on Friday January 17, 2014 @12:11PM (#45986863)
    DIFI had a $40 remote control helicopter fly by her house during a CODE PINK protest against her use of drones and her support of the endless wars she supports.
  • Re:Isn't that cute (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DigiShaman (671371) on Friday January 17, 2014 @02:00PM (#45988635) Homepage

    You forgot to mention her stance that only the government can define who a journalist is. So in her worldview, citizen journalism and blogging is not covered under the first amendment of freedom of the press. Ya, she's a real fascist piece of work! The more you research who this women is, the more worried you should be.

    http://watchdog.org/100682/feinstein-wants-to-limit-who-can-be-a-journalist/ [watchdog.org]

  • Re:Isn't that cute (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 17, 2014 @04:56PM (#45991027)

    Before the NSA scandal I was a regular Democratic Party donor (although I never voted party lines). I'd just like to point out that I don't know a single Democratic voter in my age group who likes Feinstein one bit. From our perspective she may as well be from the reddest county in the reddest state in the Union.

    She actively supported the Iraq invasion, regularly votes to sabotage progressive legislation, is the most militant supporter of our ridiculously bloated defense and intelligence budgets, not to mention defender of their abuses. The only thing "liberal" about Feinstein is her support for Hollywood, but that's not liberal--just a political association conservatives like to make fun of.

    But it's worse than that. She holds a relatively safe seat, which means her votes and schemes are straight-up betrayals.

    Any progressive voter younger than 60 will dance on her grave--figurative or actual. My other representatives are Barbara Boxer and and Nancy Pelosi, and for all their faults they're infinitely preferable to the abomination that is Diane Feinstein.

    And I'm so supremely confident in my examination of her Senatorship that I'm pretty sure that this comment will get up-voted rather quickly.

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