Bush knew he was breaking the law.
Bush Has Always Known His Domestic Spying Program Was Outside The Law
There's one thing this story from Newsweek makes clear, the Bush administration has always known that their domestic spying program was outside the law.
The entire system of American Democracy is premised on checks and balances in the system. It is clear from this story that the Bush team wants to remove ALL check on their power.
They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president's power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. A NEWSWEEK investigation.
Keep in mind, this story is about very conservative political appointees who were questioning the Bush administration's actions.