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  1. Standard member sasquatch672
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    08 Mar '13 13:44
    So - let's get this straight. Laws need to be passed to take away the constitutional rights of veterans, but laws also need to be passed to protect the rights of "Hollywood luminaries". What a freaking idiot.

    Feinstein: Drones Need Regulation to Protect Privacy of ‘Hollywood Luminaries’




    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    March 7, 2013 6:04 pm

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) explained several of the new legal and political challenges drones present policymakers Thursday on “Hardball.”

    Among the concerns cited by Feinstein was the fear drones could be used in such a way that compromises the privacy of “Hollywood luminaries:”

    CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you think, senator, that technology, and you and I have grown up with the dynamic, almost unbelievable exponential growth in what mankind can do with technology, is that playing to the paranoia in people – they think if we have the capability we’re going to use it against average citizens who are of a different political persuasion for example? Is that why the far right is so nervous?

    DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Well, I think the drone is a new technology. In some respects it’s the perfect assassination weapon. It can see from 17,000 – 20,000 feet up in the air. It is very precise. It can knock out a room in a building if it’s armed. It’s a very dangerous weapon, and right now we have a problem. There are all these nations that want to buy these armed drones. I am strongly opposed to that. We have no regulation of drones in the United States in their commercial use. You can see drones some day hovering over the homes of Hollywood luminaries violating privacy. This question has to be addressed, and we need rules of operation on the border, by police, by commercial use, and also by military and intelligence use. So this is now a work in progress. We are taking a look at it on the Intelligence Committee trying to draft some legislation. The administration is looking at a rules playbook as to how these won’t be used and how they will be used. So it’s a very complicated subject of new technology, and I think we have to take a pause and get it right.
  2. Subscriber WoodPush
    Pusher of wood
    08 Mar '13 15:47 / 1 edit
    You don't believe in respecting people's privacy on their own property? It's just an example.
  3. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    08 Mar '13 16:09
    Originally posted by sasquatch672
    So - let's get this straight. Laws need to be passed to take away the constitutional rights of veterans, but laws also need to be passed to protect the rights of "Hollywood luminaries". What a freaking idiot.

    Feinstein: Drones Need Regulation to Protect Privacy of ‘Hollywood Luminaries’




    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    March 7, 20 ...[text shortened]... complicated subject of new technology, and I think we have to take a pause and get it right.
    I would suggest there are some grains of truth in Diane Feinstein's comments. I wouldn't want this type of drone technology in the hands of a country like Iran, so I think regulation regarding who has access to these weapons is needed in this area. Regarding the boarder patrol people...What do you have against regulations for these folks? Without them, they would be free to make up their own rules, and simply kill anyone they wish. Is that what you want? You've been in the military, and I'm sure there were rules under which you did your job. I would further suggest Ms. Feinstein was using the "Hollywood luminaries" term to describe the American people in general. Please explain to us how all this "takes away the constitutional rights of veterans".
  4. Donation rwingett
    Ming the Merciless
    08 Mar '13 16:17
    We don't want paparazzi drones following Lindsey Lohan around, now do we?
  5. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    08 Mar '13 17:56
    I wish the Hollywood luminaries would let us hike to the Hollywood sign like back in the day
  6. Standard member sasquatch672
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    09 Mar '13 06:56
    Originally posted by bill718
    I would suggest there are some grains of truth in Diane Feinstein's comments. I wouldn't want this type of drone technology in the hands of a country like Iran, so I think regulation regarding who has access to these weapons is needed in this area. Regarding the boarder patrol people...What do you have against regulations for these folks? Without them, they ...[text shortened]... lease explain to us how all this "takes away the constitutional rights of veterans".
    I know how this is going to sound, but I'm going to say it anyway. I don't think painfully stupid people like Dianne Feinstein who never - where do I start, worked a day in her life - should get to make rules about anything more consequential than hopscotch.