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DiFi tells the San Francisco DA how to charge a murder case. Why isn't she more concerned when Ariel Sharon uses Apache helicopters to assassinate Palestinians?

Big Sister - Where is your National ID card? @annoy.com

Burning the Flag ...

"No other emblem or symbol in our nation carries with it such a specific code of conduct in it's protocol for display and handling," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) countered. "Why then, should it be permissible conduct to burn, desecrate or destroy this symbol, this monument, this national symbol? That's not my definition of free speech." CNN, March 28, 2000 ... Representative Gary Ackerman (D-New York) said, "If a jerk burns a flag, America is not threatened ... If a jerk burns a flag, freedom is not at risk and we are not threatened." However, freedom is threatened by those who would limit the First Amendment in order to sanctify a symbol. The Bill of Rights v. Old Glory by Wendy McElroy
Protecting the flag will burn free speech
But They Can Burn the Constitution . . .

``She is in the forefront of senators voting against the Internet''

Despite Silicon Valley's growing economic and political clout, a chorus of high-tech executives have complained that U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is unresponsive and, at times, hostile to their interests -- especially when it comes to the Internet. ``She is in the forefront of senators voting against the Internet,'' said Jerry Berman, executive director of the liberal Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C. ``On a scale of 1 to 10, in terms of being on the side of Internet freedom, she gets a 1.'' Feinstein Offline Her law-and-order stance irks tech industry Jon Swartz, Chronicle Staff Writer

AK-47's and gun safety ...

"There stood Dianne Feinstein, the anti-gun senator from California, posing for all the nation's media to capture on Kodachrome, holding an AK-47 with her finger firmly planted on the trigger." "Here's a woman so concerned about the supposed recklessness of gun manufacturers that she's calling for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines- the justification being little more than anecdotal evidence- who wouldn't know firearm safety if it bit her on the end of her upturned San Franciscan nose." Senator Dianne Feinstein Mishandles "Assault Rifle" in Public

This affluent, wealthy, and influential member of the "liberal" elite says that people should not be allowed to own handguns, but, when she was threatened many years ago, she bought a pistol and got a permit to carry it in California. What she obviously means is that the little people- people who are not wealthy and influential Senators like herself- should not have the right to protect themselves from violent crime. "I'm Handgun Control International"

It should not be necessary to remind us all, guns have a long and honorable history of keeping thieves, despots and officious yentas like Boxer and Feinstein from sending jack-booted people to break down doors in the dead of night and cart away other folk's property. Guns can prevent that. An Ak-47 is not only a means of defense, but also an effective confiscation deterrent. As the question is unlikely to arise in Congress, let me pose it here. Who the hell are Boxer and Feinstein to abridge anyone's right to be, or to do, or to own anything damn thing they please? By their adoration of a traitor, perjurer, pervert and assassin, they have forfeited the right to an opinion about religion, politics, or even the weather. As with their fellow Democrats, they have discerned something mathematicians Pythagoras and Euclid missed - that there is something lower than the lowest common denominator - and elected it President. BOXER AND FEINSTEIN - YENTA POWER!

The Senator from Israel

THE CALIFORNIA ISRAEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - February 15, 2001 GALA HONORARY COMMITTEE Gray Davis Governor of California Barbara Boxer United States Senator Dianne Feinstein United States Senator Yossi Amrani Consul General of Israel, San Francisco Lon Hatamiya California Secretary of Trade and Commerce Anna G. Eshoo Congresswoman Yishai Laks Economic Consul, Government of Israel

California delegates applauded U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who was one of the five Jewish women of Congress who received Hadassah's "Every Action Counts" Congressional Award this week. Feinstein thanked the delegates for the honor, and discussed her support for the State of Israel and her proposal that the U.S. should begin to move ambassadorial functions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

On Sunday, Palestinian leaders delayed a planned declaration of an independent Palestinian state by at least two months to allow more time for a peace agreement to be reached with Israel. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) have introduced legislation declaring that the United States should not recognize or provide aid to "a unilaterally declared Palestinian state." Below is the introduced legislation: Unilateral Palestinian Statehood Disapproval Act of 2000 (Introduced in the Senate) S 3007 IS 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 3007 To provide for measures in response to a unilateral declaration of the existence of a Palestinian state.

We are at War

"I would agree [with Campbell] that the drug war has not been won," Feinstein said near the outset of the hourlong debate at KRON-TV. "[But] I also would say, 'Don't throw in the towel,' Campbell, Feinstein Clash on Middle East, Drug Laws

Your demonization of Iranian students in the United States recalls one of the ugliest periods in American history when Japanese-Americans were rounded up and sent to concentration camps during World War II simply because this country was at war with Japan. Letter to Senators Feinstein and Kyl

Senator Feistein: "... Even though calls were coming in 1000 to 1 against sending troops to Bosnia, I am proud to stand up for it..." Then she voted to send our children to Bosnia against our will!!! Serbian Defense League

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who was the best friend of real estate developers and landlords when she was mayor of San Francisco, has developed a high national profile in the Senate. She was on everyone's short list as a Democratic vice presidential candidate. But her record hasn't improved a bit: She's still pro-big business, and now she's pro-big military and pro-globalization. And she supports almost every repressive crime bill that comes before her. Her record on defense and foreign policy includes voting for the $1.7 billion drug war military aid package to Columbia, supporting a national missile defense system, backing unfair trade laws like "NAFTA for Africa," and supporting China's admission to the World Trade Organization. She also voted to eliminate the estate tax, which would benefit wealthy Americans like Feinstein and her financier husband, Richard Blum, who are estimated to be worth more than $50 million (making her the fifth richest member of Congress). She voted for "Three Strikes" mandatory sentencing and strongly supports the death penalty. San Francisco Bay Guardian Endorsements US Senate Medea Benjamin

Links

Dianne Feinstein @opensecrets.org
Dianne Feinstein on the Issues @issues2000.org
Salon.com Directory | Dianne Feinstein


Election 2000 Alternatives to Dianne Feinstein:
Tom Campbell for Congress - Republican
Medea Benjamin for U.S. Senate - Green Party
Gail Lightfoot, Libertarian for U.S. Senate 2000

diannefeinstein.org - DiFi's "official" campain website



Yahoo Internet Life called Dianne Feinstein one of the 5 Least Net-Friendly congress people [Nov 1999 issue]. She joins Rep Porter Goss (R-FL), Rep Bill McCollum (R-FL), Micheal Oxley (R-Ohio) and senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in this distinction. Yahoo Internet Life says,
"Feinstein arguably has done more than any other senator to censor and regulate the Net. She repeatedly has attempted to ban bomb-making information, even though courts have ruled it's legal to publish it. She tried to make it a crime to discuss marijuana growing online -- or to link to drug related Web sites. And she has suggested banning encryption software that federal law enforcement officials can't monitor. It's not that anyone is for bomb-making or drug links, but that Feinstein's ham-fisted approach would be overly far-reaching."

Dianne Feinstein's easy ride to re-election is over. Though Feinstein remains the favorite, South Bay Rep. Tom Campbell's entry yesterday into California's 2000 Senate race immediately transformed the sleepy contest into a spirited showdown of national significance. Feinstein Suddenly Faces a Fight by Marc Sandalow, SF Chronicle For more, see Tom Campbell for Congress

Concerns about Dianne Feinstein:

1. Support for dumb laws - i.e. Internet censorship, anti-flag burning amendments to the constitution and laws to prevent people from talking about drugs on the Internet. Where does she come up with this stuff? Who is advising her? surely not the Dalai Lama.

2. Her support of a fundamentally fascist agenda - more government control over our lives. She is anti freedom.

3. She is a hypocrite. She is in bed with corporate criminals like Maxxam and David Hurwitz who seek to destroy the last of the old growth redwoods in California. DiFi is the henchman of wealth in California. While people in San Francisco sleep in doorways, DiFi owns lots of houses behind private gates. DiFi epitomizes what is wrong with politics in the United States where the rich do whatever they want on the backs of the poor. She supports more taxes on working people to support the big government agenda supporting rich people and big corporations. Ask her about campaign finance reform. Ask her about what she and her husband own.

4. Her blind support for the Israel lobby. Her loyalties are to whatever the Israel wants - to hell with human rights for the Palestinians.

Biographical Information US Senator from California (Democrat - elected 1992; Term ends 2000) Birth Date: June 22, 1933 Husband: Richard Blum, 1 child, 3 stepchildren. Religion: Jewish AB, Stanford University, 1955. Mayor of San Francisco, 1978-88 [official biography]
Wealth - $50 million
#5 on the The Fifty Richest - Roll Call's Annual Listing of the Wealthiest Members of Congress

"California's senior Senator has extensive diversified holdings with her husband, real estate mogul Richard Blum, most of which are in his name. Feinstein is the beneficiary of several trust funds valued at between $500,000 and $1 million. She also has interest in Carlton Hotel Properties, a pension from the City of San Francisco, and a jointly-owned personal residence in Princeville, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. The power couple's other holdings include paintings, rental properties, and stock (Tandy Corp., Toys-R-Us, Oshkosh B'Gosh, and AC Nielson, among others). Feinstein's big purchase in 1996 was real estate in Aspen, Colo., valued at between $1 million and $5 million. Overall, her disclosure forms show a net worth of at least $14 million - up slightly from $13.7 million." [source]
Houses San Francisco at 30 Presidio Terrace San Francisco, CA [Newsweek, March 24, 1997] - A beachside house in a gated community in Stinson Beach and presumably a residence in Washington DC, real estate in Aspen, Colo??
Reefer Madness Perhaps one of the strongest positions of DiFi is her unconditional support of the War on Drugs. The latest is the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act. If the measure becomes law, it will create a new federal felony -- punishable by a fine and three years in prison -- that covers Web pages that link to sites with information about where to buy "drug paraphernalia" such as roach clips, bowls, and bongs. Reefer Madness Hits Congress by Debbi Gardiner and Declan McCullagh [Wired, 6.Aug.99]

"For decades, the War on Drugs has been presented to the public as the only way to "save our children." Today's college students, many of whom grew up in the 80's and 90's and were the very children this war was supposed to protect, have seen firsthand the failure of punitive approaches to discourage youth drug use." Students for Sensible Drug Policy
ACLU and Civil Liberties Voted with the ACLU 35% of the time. ACLU Rating for Senator Feinstein
encryption DiFi would do well to check out the Internet Privacy Coalition. Their mission is "to promote privacy and security on the Internet through widespread public availability of strong encryption and the relaxation of export controls on cryptography."
Immigrants Telling Sen. Dianne Feinstein to "be brave," Mayor Brown has fired off a stern letter to the San Francisco Democrat, urging her to think twice about supporting a federal bill to crack down on illegal immigrants. "I understand you have described yourself as an "architect' of the immigration legislation currently pending in Congress," he wrote Wednesday. "If this legislation becomes law, the economic and social costs to California's cities and counties would be staggering, the human costs incalculable. "It does not appear you are building a structure that best serves all the people of California." --July 4, 1996 - San Francisco Examiner story, Mayor tells Feinstein: Ease up on immigrants - by Rachel Gordon
Headwaters Forest, Maxxam and David Hurwitz DIANNE "TRICK DEAL" FEINSTEIN - Nov 14 Protest at San Francisco Federal Building over Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and the Eureka Police Department use of pepper spray on the eyes of demonstrators in Humbolt county.

"Last year Feinstein and Hurwitz realized they needed to throw a bone to the public to make us believe that Headwaters was going to be saved, which was clearly not the case," Earthfirst! activist Daryl Cherney said at a Sept. 14 press conference. "This year we're saying the deal stinks." ... Sen. Feinstein's press office refused to comment on continuing public opposition to the Maxxam deal. Thousands protest DiFi- Hurwitz deal
Between two murders .. After Dan White assassinated Mayor George Moscone he "slipped out and ran across City Hall's rotunda. He used a passkey which his aide had given him and let himself in the back door to the supervisor's office. Dianne Feinstein saw him along the way. She called to him as he passed, but he ignored her." The then went on the kill Harvey Milk ...And police took the opportunity to do a little gay-bashing of their own, raiding bars and beating up the clientele. The officers on the line made it no secret that they saw Dan White as a hero. ... The jury found White guilty only of voluntary manslaughterThe Martyrdom of Mayor George Moscone
Guns
DiFi does not seem to like anyone but the police and the military having "assault weapons".

Why progressives should stop pushing for more gun control laws by Sam Smith
This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! - apparently this is a fake Hitler quote - see: False Quotations and Other Misinformation
Law and Order As a new member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I fought for and the Senate passed the strongest crime bill in history, making more than 50 federal crimes death penalty offenses and putting 100,000 more police officers on our streets. 1994 California Voter Information: Dianne Feinstein - Perhaps there are already too many people in prison in the United States. (California is even higher with over 600 per 100,000 population). Hillary Clinton's comment that "We will never build enough prisons to end our crime problem" might be worth listening to.
Blue Tahoe See: League to Save Lake Tahoe - DiFi supports this - But will she call for SUV's to meet the same mileage and emissions standards that cars must meet?
China "First, weninst elevate the importance of the relationship with China." China: Where Do We Go from Here? - by Senator Dianne Feinstein excerpt from remarks to World Affairs Council, Los Angeles - one of the few areas we agree with Dianne Feinstein, but wonder how much money husband Richard Blum has made in China as a direct result of his wife being a US senator.
Recommended Reading List for DiFi
Why was this site created? The first impetus for this page was Dianne Feinstein's support for the Communications and Decency Act. It has evolved into an experiment in how the Net might be used to provide more accurate information on an elected representative. I recall during the election hearing stories about how Ms. Feinstein had refinanced her house to get money for her campaign. This seems strange given her estimated net worth (with her husband) of 50 million dollars. One of the other ironies about Senator Feinstein is her husband, Richard Blum's longstanding friendship with the Dalai Lama and her hostility toward immigrants and support for a more "totalitarian" police presence. And this in a state which relies so heavily on immigrants - especially in the high-tech Silicon Valley. Perhaps it is time for a new vision.
Questions for Dianne Feinstein
  1. How do you reconcile the First Amendment with your call to make it a felony to discuss drugs on the Internet?
  2. Silicon Valley companies believe they need to be able to hire more engineers from foreign countries. Where do you stand on the issue of visas for technical workers?
  3. People of California overwhelmingly approved Proposition 215 (medical marijuana). What gives the Federal government the right to counter the wishes of the voters of California? What is your position on medical marijuana?
  4. Do you think that a U.S. President should be able to go to war without a congressional mandate?
  5. Over 70 people on death row have been released based on DNA and other evidence of their innocence. Does this have affect on your support of the death penalty?
  6. In the past you have advocated the creation of a National ID card. Where do you stand on this now?
  7. Should SUV's have to meet the same mileage and emissions standards that cars must meet?
  8. How many San Francisco taxi medallions do you or members of your family own? What is your annual income on these?
  9. Where do you stand on use of secret "evidence" during criminal trails?
  10. How much did you pay in Federal income tax last year?
  11. How much has your family made playing stocks on the design of the new Bay Bridge
  12. What did you do to stop Governor Gray Davis from cutting bicycles and pedestrians out of the biggest transportation package the state has ever seen?
  13. How do you reconcile your opposition of the right to bear arms in the USA with your championing assault rifles for the Indonesian army to use against the people of East Timor?
How to Contact DiFi Directly Phone: 202/224-3841
Fax: 202/228-3954
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Postal Address:
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Internet sources Dianne Feinstein: Politician Profile at opensecrets
Dianne Feinstein at vote-smart

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"The senator's comments yesterday about "mandatory key escrow" for domestic encryption products sickened me. With leaders like this, who needs a democracy?" --entry in the "Unofficial" Dianne Feinstein Guestbook.

Finally, my "Hypocrite of the Month" award goes to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Although a Democrat, she acts more like a member of the right wing Likud Party. Feinstein recently blasted the State Department for leaving the IRA off its terrorist group list. She called the Irish rebels, "the oldest, most violent, and indiscriminate of terrorist organizations in modern history." Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Hypocrite of the Month

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