Brian is now a cog in the federal justice system so it is up to me to carry the weight, at least for today.

Husayn al-Jarabani of al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that Ahmad Naji was among the three individuals that Yemen authorities arrested yesterday in San'a. For those with an incredible memory, Naji is the individual who escaped authorities back on January 19, when security forces raided another safe house in Yemen.

The Washington Post reports on a new UN report that foreign intelligence agents who were sent to Guantanamo to interrogate suspects there violated international law. This, incidentally, is one of the things that al-Shihri and al-'Awfi complained about in the video they released along with al-Wahayshi and al-Raymi back on January 23.

Most sources are reporting that the deal with Russia for military equipment is $1 billion, not $4 billion.