Senator Dianne Feinstein on Drones, Assault Weapons Ban

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

 U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali.) speaks with reporters after the tax compromise vote December 15, 2010 in Washington, DC U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali.) speaks with reporters after the tax compromise vote December 15, 2010 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)

After this month's Senate-floor filibuster by Senator Rand Paul, the debate over the Obama administration's drone program have been reignited. And a debate that never left — gun control — took a hit this week when Senate majority leader Harry Reid struck struck an amendment banning assault weapons.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been intensely involved in both of these issues, sponsoring the ban and speaking out against the apparent opacity of the White House's drone management. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich spoke with Sen. Feinstein this week on the subject, and also had Sen. John McCain and Rep. Justin Amash weigh in.

Here's Todd's complete interview with Sen. Feinstein:


Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez

Comments [4]

Vaughn Register from N. Fl.

I am so pleased that the finestine fools got their due slap in the face today. Guns are scarce and ammo almost nonexistent because of these hand-wringing idiots. But, firearms will be replinished. I'll not debate this issue again. I have my guns and plenty of ammunition and love more than ever to enjoy shooting them. Thank You NRA and GOA et. al. for again helping stop the retarded from spreading their dagerous folly.

Mar. 21 2013 02:31 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

An assault weapon ban does not surprise me. Assault weapons are Americans new Fad!

Any day now, my six year old son is going to ask me for a drone, and we will fly it around the park and spy on the squirrels and pigeons.

Mar. 20 2013 02:03 PM
Sam Kephart from Spearfish, South Dakota USA

Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections.

Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points:

Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune:

Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to perdition is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag.

For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.”

America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one. 

Mar. 20 2013 12:18 PM

Pouring purified water into the face of three terrorist masterminds is called a war crime with breathless coverage but targeted drone strikes of somebody on a list and those around them gets a collective shrug of the shoulders from the media well after the last election.

Has the media become one big DNC public relations firm?

Mar. 20 2013 10:03 AM

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