The Thanksgiving Doc Dump

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One of the big pieces of news that came out of Eric Holder’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday was Holder’s promise that the long-awaited Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility report on torture will be out by the end of the month. In practice, that means that the report will probably come out next Wednesday evening (the night before Thanksgiving), next Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving), or, best-case scenario, this evening.

It’s called a doc dump, and you don’t have to tolerate it. Whenever the report does come out, come here and help us read through it. If we can teach the administration that the things they don’t want covered are going to get covered no matter what, then maybe we won’t have to deal with the doc dump so much in the future.

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