Congress Taking Stock Of U.S. Teargas Sales

Congress took a light swipe at the U.S.-manufactured teargas canisters showing up in government crackdowns against Arab Spring demonstrators. The 2012 omnibus spending bill contains a provision that requires the State Department to tally the sales of “any crowd control items, including tear gas” made either with U.S. aid money or via export licenses when there is “credible information [that the items] have repeatedly used excessive force to repress peaceful, lawful, and organized dissent.” Countries like Egypt continue to use U.S. tear gas to quell unrest, raising concerns among human rights groups. (HT Joshua Hersh)