The purpose of torture in war, like rape, is total psychological dominance. When the Bush administration instigated this egregious policy Americans barely raised a peep. We had become a nation of zombies. The Bush administration understood that we Americans, and Congress in particular, had failed the test of citizenship and they would be allowed a free hand over there, and over here. America had no courage to stop them. With the TSA groping, Obama is Bush-lite, which might even be considered worse.
The TSA’s Kafkaesque groin groping and full-porn scanning, championed by Obama’s lackluster Cheney, Joe Biden; Cheney-lite, enters the realm of dominance, intimidation and sexual threat and knowledge that goes to the core of total government control: totalitarianism. It is the sickly sister to torture; Drusilla, the undead - torture without the pain but with the humiliation and psychological disturbance and depersonalization and total dominance that is the essence of torture; torture-lite. It is the work of a government lost and disoriented like that in Kafka’s "In the Penal Colony"; a government sensing in a panic that its time in history is passing.