It would be great if the bigfeet on the beat were given the time and space to sort through these documents with similar care. Going a step further, it can’t be long before a major news organization decides to grapple with unwieldy document dumps in a similar fashion, by harnessing the reading skills and interest of their readers to make sense of hundreds of pages in a short period of time, shedding new light for readers.

After all, the Justice Department’s ultimate decision not to refer Yoo and Bybee’s conduct to their respective bars forecloses one avenue for accountability. That’s all the more reason for journalists to sort through what’s freshly released.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.