Sen. Collins (R-Maine) discusses worldwide threats to America

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The U.S. Senators spent Tuesday grilling top national security officials on worldwide threats.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins used her time to raise concerns about the potential for future threats from Syria if the U.S. proceeds with plans to pull its forces out. She also raised concerns about lifting sanctions on a Russian businessman with tight ties to President Vladimir Putin.

But, Collins said the greatest threat to our country – is one many Americans face every day – misinformation campaigns launched by Russian cyber operatives. “Be very leery of what you see on the internet, check it out, don’t assume that because you read it online it’s true,” she said in an interview following the morning hearing.

Collins said Russia isn’t the only country that poses a significant cyber threat to Americans. If you own a Huawei or ZTE cell phone, lawmakers and intelligence analysts warn your data could be stolen by the Chinese.

Senators reserved questions dealing with the most sensitive security issues for the closed-door portion of the hearing this afternoon.

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