ON CONTACT: Tear Gas – A Chemical Weapon

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ON CONTACT: Tear Gas – A Chemical Weapon



US Border Control used tear gas to try and deter asylum seekers – many of who are women and children – at the US/Mexico border last weekend. But what do we know about tear gas?

Dr. Anna Feigenbaum, author of Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today, explains in this episode of On Contact with Chris Hedges, how the use of these chemical weapons are used to attack and terrorize an opponent by attacking the senses simultaneously, “producing both physical and psychological trauma.”

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40 Comments

40 Comments

  1. vivisectmu

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    so this is how the experiment turned out, whiny 'soldiers' who can't handle a little cs training? smh.

    HEE-rows, indeed. go see if you can get over and get paid. that's the new amerikan way.

  2. Mandel Harvey

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Ma'am remember this angle lighting and makeup. You look fantastic and fabulous. No polite weapons. We're talking judging the actions of defacto death squads. Like the love of a klansman or the morality of a pedophile. They mean to do wrong. They mean to do harm and they delight in the suffering deaths of others. Why we pray. If we spoke their language we'd all be dead. I just hope we come to recognize other people as ourselves. People are people except when viewed as the other as defined by leaders like Trump.. nobody wants to harm a person.

  3. TheJagjr4450

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    USE WATER CANNONS… and ear piercing blasts…

  4. Valiant Thor

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Chemical wafare is in pharmaceuticals(flouride) and food (monosodium glutomate), pesticides and herbicides. That includes aspartame as well. Do the research. Don't get brainwashed by the non-educated who are too lazy to do any research.

  5. Thomas lang

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    To everyone watching this video understand Chris Hedges is a Hypocrite and a coward. He is now spewing propaganda just like a hypocritical coward

  6. Jay Kline

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    American soldiers have fired on unarmed Americans…. four times in our history….that we admit.

  7. akeela naaz

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    The police is there to protect the government from internal threats and the army protects from external threat.

  8. Charles Boquet

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    What about pepper spray? What about the homemade pepper coating I've made to stun an assailant? Habanero that will burn your eyes out? Is that a chemical weapon. If it is I'll still use it.

  9. Robert Bonneau

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Hitler didn't use gas against the USSR.
    But the GOP supports using gas against children, be they citizen or not.

  10. Spiritual Experience with Magic Black

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Hey Chris! Great messages in all of your videos. I have been following you for a while now and really admire your ambition and persistent rhetoric on the importance of Peaceful Civil Disobedience & Revolution. I noticed that you also discussed Christianity's impact on preparing some fractions of Americans for a Demi-god like D.J. Trump. I was recently considering the churches potential role in bringing Americans back together by creating a spiritual narrative that everyone (scientifically minded included) could accept. In my studies of World Religions I have come to realize that western ideologies such as: individualism, greed, consumerism, racism, etc. may in fact be tied to the creation story myth (that we are completely separate entities), which is the core identity matrix of Christianity. I feel that if we could create & promote (through the existing church structure) a new spiritual ideology that unifies ourselves with each other, nature, the planet, etc. we could start to create that shared identity that will be imperative for fighting the current "divide an conquer" fascist paradigm. I don't know how to contact you, so I will leave it up to you to get back to me. Hope you read these comments. If anyone else has ideas similar to this please comment as well. -Namaste

  11. Toxodeth

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    ammmm , hummmmm, mmmmmmm way too much mmmmmm aaammmmmm welllllllllmmmmmmmmm

  12. Joel Martin

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Love ya, Chris—but this was an “optics” segment to conflate tear gas with actual “chemical weapons” eg, mustard gas or white phosphorus. Clearly, rhetorical misdirection. You’re better than this—MUCH BETTER!

  13. FoxTopia Minecraft

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Don't want to get tear gassed? Don't break the fucking law as part of a mob, I'd rather they used something a bit stronger myself

  14. Marie Henriksen

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Well when you try to injure others, or kill them, therefore committing an act of war, you should be expecting retaliation. You do not storm the gates and invade a sovereign nation without repercussions. If the heat is too hot in the kitchen, stay out of the kitchen.

  15. ExposingMiLabs

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    2 boys in high school set off tear gas in the venting system in high school. I have MS. My symptoms actually started about that time. I can't help but wonder. I've been plagued with several health issues since then actually, including anemia that same year. We have to make this illegal! NO CHEMICAL WEAPONS of any kind! EVER! What I experienced was terrible and memorable.

  16. Definitely a George Soros funded bot

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Anyone who's ever had ghost pepper sauce put in their eyes, 1i feel sorry for you knows how stupid and ignorant and possibly just plain evil these dismissive politicians
    Forget about ghost pepper try some Reaper pepper or scorpion pepper that shit will straight blind you for hours

  17. Spinky L

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Ironic they are discussing this while France is rioting.

  18. Kip Brown

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    assholes///////

  19. bigdaz7272

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    It winds me the fuck up see the coward little piggies spraying pepper spray in peoples faces who are not resisting, being violent or actually in cuffs already. They should be criminally liable for assault ffs.

  20. Joe Smith

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Tear gas is turning the frogs gay! The only remedy is to buy Brain Force!

  21. Ron Ryan

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Have you ever seen the fearful momentum a riot has?

  22. Justin Bailey

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    They used chlorine gas in WW1, and it was highly lethal, just being slightly exposed to it could leave you blind. Tear gas is nowhere near a chemical weapon.

  23. BO BON

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

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  24. beatleme2

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Great propaganda piece. america does this to its own people also, oh France just did this also to the yellow vests… but let us focus on the poor illegals who devastates countries economies like roaches,the usa used smoke bombs not tear gas u liars! Russia your time is coming !… those who don't know Russia funded BLM!.. I'm starting to understand why Democrats hate Russia!..hail Trump 0.o/

  25. terry waller

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    OK, don't use tear gas, Gatling guns and claymore mines or M79 grenade launchers using HE rounds or white phosphorus!

  26. henry q

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    And what is better

  27. Fred Vanderbeek

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Yellow Rain. Don't take Wikipedia's b.s. fictional Yellow Rain propaganda pitch. Or Warsaw Pact TV.

  28. Spencer Han

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Well don't INVADE OTHER COUNTRIES THEN.

  29. Angela Adams

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    The far left jack-boots are Chris Hedges approved. Dump them both.

  30. Laurie MtnGalPal

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Can there be any doubt that there are many psychopaths and sociopaths among us? To be involved in these matters you must be one or the other.

  31. Maggie Johnson

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    This crazy talk by idiots who spew propaganda is frightening! Most used today is pepper spray! What would you suggest! Everyone knows mobs are dangerous! So are you saying a baton or other weapons are more humane and less dangerous! Are you suggesting the government of the US is Far Right? Should we just allow liberal protesters take over the world? Crazy discussion!

  32. bitterboi31

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    The US should use the "stink water" that the Israelis use on those Dog Pigs terrorist Palestinians.

  33. David Hyde

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    You are insane
    If you wish to bitch about people who are being sprayed with Pepper spray that is no longer a Chemical because it’s a spice you could spray it on your nachos and eat it
    This news story is just a crock of shit

  34. bidhrohi12

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Russia Today eh? Instead of teargas, how about law enforcement use the same gas that Russia gave Syria to use on their civilians? You're bitching about tear gas on the state media of a country that gave Assad chlorine weapons to choke entire cities to death.

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  37. Tim Flobug

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    TRUMP SUPPORTERS PLEASE READ:

    You are lost little children and deserve every bit of violence you wish on others, only ten fold. I hope your already miserable lives are compounded by the despicable behavior you act out. I hope you are denied every single shred of humanity you think your skin color gives to you for free. I hope you go hungry, are left in the cold at night with no shelter, are shunned and/or ignored due to the vile garbage you spew. I hope that in the end, and hopefully soon, of your empty, vapid, vane, and vacuous lives, that you die alone with only a mirror pointed at your faces to have the last image of your life be the entire reason you are forgotten. Have a nice day

  38. K!ng Knowledge

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    We Should Call Out Police Riot, Kidnapping And Murders

  39. Me Nem

    January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    All this yap-yap for no reason. These people are paid for stupidity. Go do something useful in Tijuana, help those migrants, finance them, live in Mexico, we don't need you, be a doctor in some third world country. US will finance and build the wall and keep those illegal criminals out.

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