Tear Gas Canister Stamped ‘Made In USA’ Used Against Egyptian Protesters

Tear Gas in EgyptVia HuffPo. Richard Engel reporting for NBC News:

You talked earlier about anti-American sentiment and a lot of that has been because the United States while today the Press Secretary is saying how they’ve been talking about Egypt and the need for reform and bringing up this at every meeting that’s not the way many Egyptians see it. Most Egyptians see the United States as having stood solidly by President Mubarak while the government here grew more and more corrupt.

And they see the Americans as complicit in it. And just today, for example, when we were out on streets this is what a lot of people were showing us about American involvement. If you can see in my hands this is one of the tear gas canisters and very clearly written in English on it, it says “Made in the USA by Combined Tactical Systems from Jamestown, Pennsylvania”. And they say this is the kind of support that the United States has been giving to the Egyptian government and bears some responsibility, although today it it trying to say that it never backed Mubarak so much, it has been calling for reforms for a long time, Egyptians don’t see it that way.

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26 Responses to Tear Gas Canister Stamped ‘Made In USA’ Used Against Egyptian Protesters

  1. DeepCough February 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Hey, they probably go that stuff from army surplus, man.

  2. DeepCough February 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Hey, they probably go that stuff from army surplus, man.

  3. HughGRection February 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Did Richard Engel ever take English classes? That article is barely readable.

    Having a gas canister marked “Made in USA” doesn’t prove anything. I have tons of stuff in my house marked “Made in China” but its not like they are trying to take over the world or anything…….Oh wait, never mind…..

    • 5y9h3r February 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      we sell weapons and stuff too like every one so yeah im not suprised by this news

    • ralph February 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

      It’s a quick transcript of the video report below: this was a TV report, not a print report. Engel is one of the best mainstream reporters out there on the Middle East, I think, because he actually has lived there for years.

  4. HughGRection February 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Did Richard Engel ever take English classes? That article is barely readable.

    Having a gas canister marked “Made in USA” doesn’t prove anything. I have tons of stuff in my house marked “Made in China” but its not like they are trying to take over the world or anything…….Oh wait, never mind…..

  5. Rufus February 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Maybe we traded gas canisters for Egyptian cotton sheets.

  6. Rufus February 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Maybe we traded gas canisters for Egyptian cotton sheets.

  7. FMPU February 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I was just wondering if the labeling also includes total Carbohydrates in a serving of tear gas. Thanks for your help.

    • quartz99 February 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      I believe they’re only required to list that if it’s being sold for use in the USA, not just if it’s made here.

  8. FMPU February 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I was just wondering if the labeling also includes total Carbohydrates in a serving tear gas. Thanks for your help.

  9. Hadrian999 February 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    so if i drive a vespa I am a itilian secret agent??

  10. Hadrian999 February 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    so if i drive a vespa I am a itilian secret agent??

  11. MoxAmok February 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    American guns and ammo are used around the world to kill people every day. It’s great that American manufacturers can still be large players in many industries, though this one is clearly causing a PR nightmare right now.

    The truth is that the canister was probably bought with money from treasuries that were being padded by the US, and that’s what we should be upset about.

  12. MoxAmok February 5, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    American guns and ammo are used around the world to kill people every day. It’s great that American manufacturers can still be large players in many industries, though this one is clearly causing a PR nightmare right now.

    The truth is that the canister was probably bought with money from treasuries that were being padded by the US, and that’s what we should be upset about.

  13. WhiteRose February 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    We can’t leave that sort of important stuff up to China to make! They can only get to put lead in kids toys and kill our household animals with tainted products.

    • Jordan February 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      Wasn’t that 4 years ago? Don’t we recall salmonella-tainted food? Didn’t GM recall thousands of vehicles this year? Isn’t this the haphazard of manufacturing?

      Not in defense of China, just doing my part to debunk generalizations.

  14. WhiteRose February 5, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    We can’t leave that sort of important stuff up to China to make! They can only get to put lead in kids toys and kill our household animals with tainted products.

  15. 5y9h3r February 5, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    we sell weapons and stuff too like every one so yeah im not suprised by this news

  16. ralph February 5, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    It’s a quick transcript of the video report below: this was a TV report, not a print report. Engel is one of the best mainstream reporters out there on the Middle East, I think, because he actually has lived there for years.

  17. Donovan Moore February 5, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    At last, something made in America and not China. God bless the USA!

  18. Donovan Moore February 5, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    At last, something made in America and not China. God bless the USA!

  19. Anonymous February 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I believe they’re only required to list that if it’s being sold for use in the USA, not just if it’s made here.

  20. Jordan February 6, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Wasn’t that 4 years ago? Don’t we recall salmonella-tainted food? Didn’t GM recall thousands of vehicles this year? Isn’t this the haphazard of manufacturing?

    Not in defense of China, just doing my part to debunk generalizations.

  21. ndmeador February 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    The U.S. makes more money off of war and civil unrest than any other country in the world. I think that’s the most important point.

  22. ndmeador February 6, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    The U.S. makes more money off of war and civil unrest than any other country in the world. I think that’s the most important point. By the way, I’m currently living outside the U.S. right now, in a place where many things are mysteriously “Made in USA.” Then I realized it’s all plastics and housewares–stuff that’s made from oil (hydrocarbons). That’s why the U.S. now has a semi-colony in Iraq.

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