Most people posting here probably have heard of the Milgram and Zimbardo experiments. I find this entire TSA nudie scope and/or dope grope to be a vast expansion of the lessons learned in those exercises. Consider this: 1. The faces (but not the breasts, penis, vulva and buttocks) of the passengers are concealed from the Transportation Security Officer in the viewing box. This dehumanizes the passenger. 2. The viewing officer is not the person who does the actual physical contact with the passenger, further separating the viewing officer from the passenger and making easier to direct a physical contact of an extreme nature with the passenger's body. 3. The passengers will already have been forced to remove significant amounts of clothing, including the shoes. Meanwhile the officers remain fully clothed and shod. This encourages compliance by the passengers and increases the willingness of the officers to issue and carry out commands (such as feeling of a child's buttocks, or the breasts of an elderly woman) that would under any other circumstances be considered well beyond social acceptability. This type of interaction was particularly demonstrated by Zimbardo. 4. The entire regime is fenced about with euphemism. Hence, we see that forcing amputees to remove artificial limbs, or dislodging ostomy bags, and covering a traveler in urine, is called "screening". 5. Milgram found that people were less willing to do harm to someone if they had to personally do the harm themselves. Hence, the weak point in the TSA regime is precisely the point where one human being, the Transportation Security Officer, must physically grasp another human being, the passenger, who in almost every case will be perfectly innocent of any offense. To permit the officer the psychological distance to do this, all passengers are dehumanized as potential threats, and, as I have previously posted, body parts such as "penis" and "vulva" are renamed "resistance." So important is it that this illusion be maintained that there has been at least one report where a traveller insisted on using the word "penis" when asking what the officer would be touching, and he was threatened by the officers as a result. 6. We see that officers are sometimes reported to have said "pretty hair" and other similar remarks to children after having rubbed the child's buttocks and so forth. Some people attribute this to a sort of mocking maliciousness by the officer. Of course, this is always a possibility, but I think the explanation may be somewhat more subtle. The mind can only depersonalize people so far, and when it is obvious that the person whom the officer has just groped (and I mean that literally) is in fact a person after all, and not a thing, there is a desire by the officer to recognize the fellow humanity and almost ask for forgiveness. This type of conduct was also observed in the Milgram experiment.