A dump truck as big as six skyscraper floors backs up to the conference room and millions of tons of secret court proceedings come flooding in. Almost entirely redacted. And yet they have to scour them because sometimes the censors miss something, whatever, this will end up being important later and they'll explain why it's happening in more detail. Their aim: Find a governmental official involved in ordering Danny's arrest and torture. An actual person. (The way they find this is almost as annoying as the first-name-last bit from last week, but whatever.)
What's funny and is interesting is, this episode is about the AUSAs and Treasury feeling their way around L/G's privilege and us getting outraged about that, because the point is that Danny is a tortured American. But if this show were called The Good AUSA and we were focused on state interests, then this would be about a defense law firm feeling their way around clearance levels and checks and balances, and us getting outraged about that.
The point would be that bringing a civil case, trying to get into our documents, is a matter of national security and trampling it, because ten years after 9/11 people think they can just come after the government and make a bunch of money off the turning tide of public opinion. You know? Or indulge old Blackwater grudges about the way government cronies used the atrocity and suffering of the war to make money, little silly things like that.
Which is the most interesting thing, and especially because of this: It's why nothing Will says below makes rational sense, but must be said in order for the episode to make sense. Watch the way he links up random phrases and believes they prove something. It's scary and awful sad.
Will: "Diane, in private can I just say that the US is obviously not gonna cough up $6 million, and we know it, so why are we doing this?"
Diane: "Because it's the right thing to do?"
Will: "No, you think it's the right thing to do. I was in DC on 9/11..."
Diane: "-- Here we go."
Will: "...Our government took steps to prevent another 9/11. I saw the smoke from the Pentagon!"
Diane: "...Danny is innocent?"
Will: "Which is why he's free."
Diane: "After he was tortured."
Will: "Wait, do you think anybody's being tortured now under your friend Obama?"