Re: Let's be clear. Senators and Con-gresspeople are ignoring the written Constitution.
> warrants need to be cleared by the court system
Warrants are being cleared by the court system. Specifically, by the FISA Court.
Some people don't like the way the FISA Court interprets unreasonable. Or they don't like the FISA Court. Or they don't like the way NSA or FBI interpret the Section 702 guidelines.
So, we're back to square one: what's unreasonable to Joe Average isn't necessarily unreasonable to the FISA Court, or to NSA.
See the article at The Guardian that deals specifically with this issue. 4th Amendment concerns have been consistently narrowed down by the SCOTUS, over several decades now.
The notion that in its current interpretation, and application, the 4th Amendment offers clear-cut protections against electronic mass surveillance, is not grounded in reality.