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Are Americans less concerned about the government's use of torture?

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Members of the organization Witness Against Torture wear orange prison jump suits with handcuffs and a hood over their heads during a demonstration urging the government to close down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, in Lafayette Park outside the White House January 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Protesters carry on a 92-hour vigil in a protest of the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of detainees to arrive at the US military facility. Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

As we heard earlier, Governor Mitt Romney is criticizing the Obama administration for not doing enough to curb the influence of Al-Qaeda around the globe.

In the past, the Bush administration was criticized for allowing the use of torture to interrogate suspected terrorists. Controversial techniques included waterboarding, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation.

But a new poll suggests Americans may be less concerned about the use of torture than they were in the past.

Professor Amy Zegart, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an expert on national security issues, produced the poll. She joins the show to talk about her findings.

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