Feinstein said that many who are concerned with privacy issues with the bulk data collection program don't understand how much of a threat there is to the United States.
"I think a lot of the privacy people perhaps don't understand that we still occupy the role of the Great Satan. New bombs are being devised, new terrorists are emerging, new groups, actually a new level of viciousness," she said. "And I think we need to be prepared. We need to do it in a way that respects people's privacy rights."
The senator echoed her counterpart in the House, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and emphasized that the NSA did not abuse its access to phone records.
"It has not been abused or misused," she said of the surveillance program.