May 17, 2012
Re "Coming clean on drones," Opinion, May 6 Doyle McManus raised some excellent questions about congressional oversight of U.S. drone strikes. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which I chair, has devoted significant time and attention to the drone program. We receive notification with key details shortly after every strike, and we hold regular briefings and hearings on these operations. Committee staff has held 28 monthly in-depth oversight meetings to review strike records and question every aspect of the program including legality, effectiveness, precision, foreign policy implications and the care taken to minimize noncombatant casualties.
March 21, 2013
Re "Feinstein assault weapons ban fails," March 20 We all owe Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) great thanks for her pursuit of a federal assault weapons ban, but it is quite clear that if the horrific massacre in Connecticut in December didn't persuade Senate Republicans that these murder weapons should not be sold, nothing will. The only solution is to vote Republicans out of office and replace them with senators who can exercise common sense. I hope that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
December 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) launched her drive in 1994 to win approval for an assault weapons ban, the relative newcomer to Capitol Hill walked the hallways trying to drum up support. Now, as she prepares for a new fight to pass gun control legislation, she is likely to be doing it from a more powerful spot -- as the next head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein, by virtue of seniority, is in line to succeed current chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
February 18, 2009
Re "Drones based in Pakistan," Feb. 13 It is regrettable that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) inappropriate comments have put further strain on our relationship with Pakistan and on the Pakistani government's relationship with its people, which may lead to further destabilization of that region. Only a few weeks ago, Feinstein's name was in the news for botched security arrangements at President Obama's inauguration, leading to thousands being stranded in tunnels during the festivities.
November 11, 2012 |
The fallout from David Petraeus' sudden resignation as CIA director continued Sunday, with questions about how much the White House knew, and whether there is any connection between his departure and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein(D-Calif.), said Petraeus' announcement was “like a lightning bolt,” and that there was no advance notice of his decision. Appearing on “Fox NewsSunday,” Feinstein also explained her statement earlier in the week that President Obama should not have accepted Petraeus' resignation.
February 19, 2014 |
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government's collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency's practices have safeguarded the nation without trampling on civil liberties. “What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States. And I see enough of the threat stream to know that is possible,” Feinstein said at a Pacific Council on International Policy dinner in Century City.