Sen. Collins comes out in favor of the NSA's recently-revealed domestic phone data collection program, a program she concedes was completely unknown to her just days ago, despite the fact that she was ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee until January--and has been a member of the Intelligence Committee since then:
She said the information was tightly held within the NSA, and only a few security analysts had access to the data.
Collins said she doesn't see such programs as inconsistent with people's rights.
"We should not assume a trade-off between liberty and security," she said. "Security ensures our freedom."