“Militant groups mum on ‘torture report’ detailing CIA interrogation tactics,” by Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times, December 14, 2014:
Prominent Islamic extremist groups are so far not reacting to the Senate Democrats’ explosive report on CIA interrogation of al Qaeda operatives, leaving responses to a smattering of their jihadi supporters on social media.
“I haven’t seen any official responses by these groups,” said Marwan Khayat, an analyst with the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Mr. Khayat said that five days after the report was posted on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s website, MEMRI has only noted one call to arms on any of the scores of prominent websites dedicated to the violent jihadi movement.
Robert Spencer, who directs the nonprofit Jihad Watch, which also monitors the world of Islamic terrorism, said he was “not seeing any huge reaction.”
“There was the prediction there would be a huge reaction. I think maybe it’s not as huge a deal as the Western media is making it out to be. After all, you’re talking about groups who are astoundingly brutal, and so a group that beheads people and enslaves ‘infidel’ women and so on is aware that sleep depravation is not going to play to their public as some horrible abnormality,” he said….
Mr. Khayat said it is possible that al Qaeda, the Islamic State and others at a later date will prepare an audio or video that seeks to exploit the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program.
“Their decision-making process — they choose the timing,” he said.
MEMRI watches jihadi websites, social media and official pronouncements 24 hours a day.
“The only noticeable response that I saw was on one of the jihadi forums,” Mr. Khayat said. “It’s a pro-ISIL jihadi forum. It publishes the propaganda of ISIL on it. One of the forum members basically suggested that ISIL try to acquire the same torture methods used by the CIA against any Western — including American — hostages.”
The forum member said the Islamic State should video the use of CIA tactics on its prisoners “to show the world what the U.S. is capable of,” Mr. Khayat said.
“That was the only response we saw,” he said, adding the post did not attract other Islamic State supporters….