The tear gas being used by police to disperse protesters in Cairo, Egypt was made in America, according to a television news report.
These “Made in the USA” canisters were reportedly first discovered when U.S. officials, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called for the Egyptian government to not use violence against the protesters.
Egypt annually receives $1.3 billion in military aid from the United States. However, CSI’s brand of tear gas is also purchased by foreign nations other than Egypt.
The Israeli military fired CSI’s tear gas at a December 31 demonstration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank village of Bil’in. A day after inhaling tear gas there, one protester, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 37, died of cardiac arrest. Two years earlier, his brother Bassem was also killed by tear gas.
“This death was caused by their brutality, by the fact that they are using tear gas that was banned in Europe in the ’60s and ’70s because it is lethal. But here, on Palestinians, they continue using it,” Jonathan Pollak, an Israeli activist who took part in the Bil’in protest, told Democracy Now after Rahmah’s death.
Aly Eltayeb, a 26-year-old protester in Egypt, told ABC News that the military aid that the US provides Egypt has helped keep President Hosni Mubarak in power since 1981.
“US political institution as a whole supports dictators in the Middle East as long as they do the torturing for them,” he said.
The CIA has repeatedly been accused of sending terrorism suspects to Egypt in a practice known as “extraordinary rendition.” In 2006, a radical Muslim cleric described having been kidnapped by the CIA in Italy and flown to Cairo for months of torture. Another incident involved two Egyptians who were arrested in Sweden and handed over to American agents to be taken to Egypt, where they were beaten and subjected to electric shocks.
Newly-elected tea party hero Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently told CNN that all US aid to foreign nations should stop immediately. He especially questioned the wisdom of sending military aid to Israel as well as Israel’s enemies in the Middle East.
“I have a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel as a democratic nation,” Paul said.
He continued, “But at the same time, I don’t think funding both sides of an arms races, particularly when we’ve got to borrow the money from China to send it to someone else — we just can’t do it anymore.”
This video is from ABC News, broadcast Jan. 28, 2011.
Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy
Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.
"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."
Maddow slams Trump’s era of government officials ‘saving the country from the commander-in-chief’ with leaks
Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States' interests to help Russia.
The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.
Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.
Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy
President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.
"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.
"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.
"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.