Possibly, after that, we’ll probably have to go to court. But, we would much rather this be done without litigation. And, you know, President Obama did issue new FOIA guidance that said they’re going to withhold documents only when disclosure would result in an identifiable national security harm. While these are still early days, I think the release of these memos is an indication that he takes that promise seriously.

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