Here’s Dianne Feinstein speaking about drones and the need to regulate them:
In some respects it’s a perfect assassination weapon. It can see from 17,000 to 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. Right now we have a problem, there are all these nations that want to buy these armed drones. I’m strongly opposed to that.
Of course. Because the issue is not the world’s leading military power and also rogue-iest state around planting drone bases all over the globe and violating the airspace of other nations. The issue is all those other, less exceptional nations getting their hands on this technology and… oh I don’t know – doing the exact same thing the US is doing with them?
Brennan also has concerns about the US failing to “lead in developing an ethical and legal policy framework on the use of drones,” undermining “decades’ worth of international law” and precipitating the likelihood of other nations – particularly Russia and China – abusing the use of drones. Juan Cole rightly criticizes this “paternalistic assumption that the US is responsible but lesser races are not,” [emphasis own] though he nevertheless concedes that it is likely that other countries will use the actions of the US to justify their own violations of international law. [Read More]
Does Feinstein know that Israel is the world’s largest exporter of drones, including to avowed US enemies such as Russia?
With two large drone manufacturers — Israel Aerospace Industries, a government company, and Elbit Systems — Israel is the world’s second-largest producer of drones, behind the United States, and the world’s largest exporter of drones.
IAI began manufacturing drones in 1974, employs 1,000 people in its drone division and sells about $400 million worth of drones per year. The company exports to 49 countries, including NATO allies fighting in Afghanistan, such as Canada and Australia. The client list also reportedly includes some U.S. rivals, such as Russia, and developing countries like Nigeria.