During the years preceding the Clone Wars and for most of the war the Council was unaware that the Republic was under the control of the Sith, but during the endgame of LOE and ROTS they slowly become aware of a Sith plot and even suspect the Sith is close Palpatine as he is swirling with dark side energy. Do you think this was Palpatine's intent? Or was the Force actually giving them a warning. I know that Palpatine initially wanted to use Maul to pick off Jedi Master's and cause panic and fear among the Jedi. Maybe he did this as well the make them panic and act rashly against what they perceived to be a close-by Sith Lord.