News Summary: Digital pioneers wary of NSA's reach


SCOPE QUESTIONED: A growing number of former national security and law enforcement officials are questioning the current scope of the National Security Agency's data-gathering programs.

LETTER TO OBAMA: A consortium of former NSA staffers and intelligence agents asked President Barack Obama in a January letter to dramatically limit government surveillance.

'COLD SWEAT': One of those former staffers, Thomas Drake, says it is a "heavy burden" to have broken new ground with digital-surveillance software and techniques decades ago only to see those tools now being used to collect email, Internet use, credit card and cellphone data from innocent Americans as part of a system he considers unconstitutional. "I wake up at night in a cold sweat just thinking about what's been unleashed," he says.

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