News Report: Insurgent Attacks Down

The Thirty Years' War was one of the most complex and brutal in European history, killing millions in battle or by malnutrition and disease, and putting into motion unpredictable forces whose effects would be felt for centuries. Many parallels can be found between that 17th-century conflict and the 21st-century "war on terror". (Asia Times)

Can the Spy Agencies Dig Out?

"You have a blank slate" to fix the CIA and other spy agencies, Sen. Pat Roberts told the new director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, this week. And that's true — to a frightening extent. The future of U.S. intelligence is up for grabs, almost literally. (Washington Post)

Airports 'Desperate' for Access to Watch Lists to Screen Illegals From Workforce

More than two years after the FBI began running background checks on airport workers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) still does not check the immigration status of the workers the airport employs — even though airports themselves have repeatedly asked the department to do so. (Congressional Quarterly)

The American-Islamic Debate Shifts Slowly, Positively

The center of gravity of the public debate about the Arab-Islamic world, and between Americans and Muslims, is slowly shifting. It is moving away from wars for regime change and clashes of civilizations, into a discussion of democracy and reform. (The Daily Star)

The Arab Black Holes

The western publications and writings on the Arab and Muslims state of affairs inspire an unprecedented optimism. Yet, the Third Human Development report in the Arab world, recently issued by the UNPD inspires pessimism. (Al Hayat)

Darfur Can't Wait

For more than a dozen years before the Sudanese government began killing its citizens in the western region of Darfur — a slaughter that continues — it battled rebels in the south. (LA Times)

Fire and Rage in the Shadow of Abu Ghraib

Behind an attack on Iraq's infamous jail lies a simple, insistent demand: occupiers go home. (The Guardian)

Identity Thieves' Secret Weapon

Consumers, not data dealers, deserve controlling interest in their vital information. (NY 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 Brinda Adhikari of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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