Was this tiny pink helicopter toy the "drone" that scared Senator Feinstein?

From The Wire:

To reinforce her concerns about the use of commercial drones, California Senator Dianne Feinstein told her peers on Wednesday about an encounter she had with a drone at her house. 


Feinstein said she encountered the flying robot while a demonstration was taking place outside her house. She said she went to the window to peek out — and “there was a drone right there at the window looking out at me.”


The Wire spoke by phone with Feinstein's spokesman Brian Weiss, who confirmed that the incident happened at the senator's house in San Francisco several months ago. At about the time, it seems, that Code Pink showed up to protest Feinstein's support for the NSA.

On June 15, the anti-war group held a protest focused on Feinstein, which included activists in disguises and, yes, two remote-controlled helicopters, which might creatively be described as drones. Here's video of the event.

If you skip ahead to the one-minute mark you can see the two helicopters that were at the scene, including one very similar to the small pink helicopter at right. Photos taken that day show the helicopter more clearly. Steve Rhodes, who took the photos, confirmed to The Wire that the helicopters flying around outside Feinstein's home didn't have any cameras, so they weren't "looking in" anywhere.

Code Pink's Tighe Barry, coordinator for the group in D.C., told The Wire that flying these toy helicopters is common at their protests. He participated in one such protest in San Diego at the home of the president of General Atomics, makers of the much-more-scary Predator and Reaper drones. The toy helicopter, Barry said, was purchased on Amazon, as this one might be. And Feinstein is a regular target for the group. "We've held many, many, many vigils there over the years," he said.

So was this the drone that frightened Feinstein so much? Weiss, the senator's spokesman, didn't know what kind of drone the senator was describing. But if it was a blind one the size of a crow, the Senate Commerce Committee can sleep a bit easier tonight.

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Comment by Chris Card on January 18, 2014 at 6:56pm

The level of intelligence displayed by elected officials certainly can be astounding.

Thanks for the post & giving me a good laugh.

Comment by Randy on January 18, 2014 at 7:21pm

Haha.  I love the part where the "drone" is hung from a string.

Comment by Flying Monkey on January 18, 2014 at 7:30pm


Comment by Ruwan on January 18, 2014 at 8:50pm


Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 18, 2014 at 9:00pm

She's only scared of water.

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on January 18, 2014 at 9:55pm

We use drones to do the jobs that humans don't wish to risk doing.  Obviously that includes "looking at" Senator Feinstein - a dangerous mission indeed with a grave risk of retinal and emotional scarring!

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 19, 2014 at 12:09am

That's a win for Code Pink me thinks. What a pity Feinstein did not think that one through before commenting. Fly, fly, fly 

Comment by Harry on January 19, 2014 at 6:23am

Career politicians are a major problem.  They get in there and the longer they stay, the bigger and more lucrative their empires become.   She's raking it in somewhere and the price to some corporation or industry is a small one compared to the payback they get in cornering some market.

Comment by Quadzimodo on January 19, 2014 at 6:41am

I must say, I regret my flippant comment added to the previous post concerning Senator Feinstein. I had no idea what I was talking about. I simply reacted to what I perceived to be yet another naively conceived and totally unnecessary attack on the public image of my beloved hobby. This latest post reinforced my initial view, but also set me on a bit of a path of discovery.

When rubbishing Senator Feinstein I was not aware that she once had a bomb placed on the window sill of her private residence which was, thankfully, placed there by person(s) unable to ensure it's detonation.  Nor was I aware that she has had shots fired through the front window of her private residence.  Nor was I aware that she has been, for decades, one of the strongest advocates pushing for (what some people believe to be) more sensible firearm legislation.  By the time I got to the point of seeing the faces of these children for the first time (I had previously heard and read the headlines... but I never saw the faces)... I began to understand where this woman might be coming from.

Looking at her position on a broader range of issues though, you can't blame Code Pink for setting up camp on the Lyon Street Steps outside her home.

Comment by Harry on January 19, 2014 at 6:48am

She's one woman and if she is motivated by her own trauma, then she needs to get out, seek treatment, and let someone in who actually is determined to represent the voters.


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