On Monday I wrote about why I'm uncomfortable with the Panties for Peace campaign. Today I came across this brief report of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's comments on why using panties to harass suspected terrorists is not torture. The comments on the article are pretty dismissive of Rohrabacher's justifications.
Are these two cases different? In both, you're using cultural symbols to cause some kind of psychological dissonance. Does it matter who's doing it, and why? Do the ends justify the means?