American al Qaeda Charged with Treason

Only 33 out of 12,000 agents have even a limited proficiency, and none work in areas that coordinate investigations of international terrorism. (Washington Post)

ON THE WEB

Latest Jihadi Video Includes Threat to the White House

A new video aired by al Arabiya television today shows an al Qaeda militant urging fighters to train hard and encourages training on nuclear weapons. (ABC News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

N Korea pushes at US 'red line'

By Charles Scanlon

North Korea's claimed nuclear test is the culmination of nearly two decades of confrontation with the United States - a dangerous game of chicken in the heart of the world's most dynamic economic region. (BBC)

Accept North Korea into The Nuclear Club Or Bomb It Now

By Simon Jenkins

Economic sanctions are a coward's response that would only punish the people while propping up Kim Jong-il's dictatorship. (The Guardian)

Murdering the Messengers

By David Kaplan

Now they've killed Anna. An assassin murdered Anna Politkovskaya, one of Russia's leading investigative reporters, in Moscow on Saturday. She's the latest of 43 journalists killed in Russia since 1992–many of them, like Anna, slain execution style. Most of those killings remain unsolved, not a surprise in the Russia of Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB autocrat who has little patience for such democratic irritants as a free press. (US News & World Report)

Racial Profiling Won't Stop Terror

By K. Jack Riley and Greg Ridgeway

Focusing security efforts only on young Muslim men sends a message Islamist terrorists that they can evade detection by sending people who do not fit this profile. (Washington Post)

Pakistan's Balancing Act

By Eben Kaplan

Pakistan faces growing charges that its intelligence service, the ISI, is supporting a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan as well as terror attacks elsewhere. President Musharraf has dismissed the charges, although he has suggested there may be some unsanctioned Pakistani backing for the Taliban. (Council On Foreign Relations)

When The Stick Waves, the Hornet Stings

By John Feffer

Five years ago, when US President George W Bush took office, North Korea didn't claim membership in the nuclear club. Its plutonium-reprocessing facilities were frozen. It was even willing to negotiate away its missile program. (Asia Times)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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