Dianne Feinstein decried NSA critics on Meet the Press on Sunday morning, saying the government is much less intrusive than corporations and that privacy advocates don’t understand the extent of the threat that terrorism poses 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,” she said. “New bombs are being devised, new terrorists are emerging, new groups — uh, actually, a new level of viciousness, and I think we need to be prepared. I think we need to do it in a way that respects people’s privacy rights.”
She then added that, compared to companies, “the government does not seem to be a major offender at all.”
Watch the exchange here: