Combined Systems Inc. (CSI) calls Jamestown, Pennsylvania home. Often marketed and produced under the brand name Combined Tactical Systems (CTS) – they provide tear gas to the governments of Israel and Egypt as well as many others. In fact, until recently, Combined Systems used to fly the Israeli flag at its headquarters. According to its own advertising, its "OC Vapor System is ideal for forcing subjects from small rooms, attics, crawl spaces, prison cells," and is used against prisoners in the US. CSI is owned by Point Lookout Capital and the Carlye Group. Point lookout Capitol, which holds a controlling number of shares, says glowingly of CSI: “The company’s CTS branded product line is the premiere less-lethal line in the industry today.” Point Lookout Capital is headquartered in New York City. Nearly every week Combined Systems Inc. holds trainings across the US for law enforcement and security personnel, in using their “chemical munitions” and other weaponry. Combined Systems tear gas was exported into Egypt via Israel during the January 2011 Egyptian uprising and is one of the largest suppliers of tear gas used to repress uprisings globally.
Combined Systems has aggressively propagandized its products. On May 18, 2011, the Chilean government announced— in the wake of a study by the University of Chile which demonstrated that CS exposure may lead to miscarriages— that they would temporarily suspend the use of tear gas throughout the country. Latin America News Dispatch quotes then-Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter as saying: “[I]t seems reasonable to suspend the use of tear gas until new medical reports dispel any doubts about the appropriateness of employing these gases to confront situations of public disorder and vandalism.” Fortunately for the Chilean government— and unfortunately for Chilean protesters, such as the 30,000 protesters who, a week earlier, had gathered to demonstrate against the HidroAysén hydroelectric project and been faced with tear gas— the Chilean government was able to put together a report, three days later, citing Combined Systems, arguing that tear gas was safe. The report, and the lifting of the ban on tear gas, came just in time for the state to use tear gas against the next round of HidroAysén protests.
Killing With Canisters
In the West Bank, many protesters have died or been seriously injured as a result of being shot at close range by Combined Systems tear gas canisters, including 28 year old Mustafa Tamimi of Nabi Saleh who died in 2011 after half of his face was shot off by a Combined Systems tear gas canister. In 2009 Bassem Abu Rahmah, from Bil'in, was killed by a Combined Systems canister, and in 2010, his sister Jawaher was as well. The number of deaths as well as serious injuries as a result of teargas cannisters has drastically increased since 2008, when Israel began using Combined Systems’ “extended range” 40mm cartridges, sold under the brand name “Indoor Barricade Penetrator,” and which travel at a velocity of 122 meters per second and are designed to penetrate buildings. Although the manufacturers’ labels clearly indicate that the teargas grenades are not to be used at short range and are not to be fired people, this has not stopped the Israeli military from doing so— effectively turning these canisters into large bullets. (For more info, check out the B'Tselem report, page 8. To see the manufacturer’s website for the Indoor Barricade Penetrator, click here.) Combined Systems canisters have also been used to kill protesters in Guatemala.
Evidence Of Combined Systems' use in different countries
Chile - 1
Germany, Netherlands, India, East Timor, Hong Kong, Argentina, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, Sierra Leone - 1
"Tracking Tear Gas"- Occupied Media report, Combined Systems "main supplier" of Israeli government. Used to fly Israeli flag at its headquarters.
“Israel’s Deadly Tear Gas Made in USA” - Combined Systems manufactures teargas canisters used to kill and repress Palestinian and Egyptian protesters.
“American and Israeli Tear Gas at Tahrir Sq.” - Combined Systems tear gas sent via Israel to crush uprising in Egypt
"USA repeatedly shipped arms supplies to Egyptian security forces" - Amnesty report documenting Combined Systems' shipment to Egypt after January 25th revolution
"Controversial tear gas canisters made in the USA" - CNN report documenting Combined Systems' shipments to Israel, Egypt, and Tunisia. Lucas Mebrouk Dolega dies in Tunisia after being hit by Combined Systems canister at close range.
"More Deaths and Injuries from US Tear Gas in Palestine, around the Middle East, and in Oakland" - Combined Systems tear gas used to kill and injure and stifle dissent in Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Guatemala, India, Timor-Leste, Hong Kong, Argentina, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, Sierra Leone.
Photograph of Combined Systems tear gas in Egypt.
"Israel’s Deadly Tear Gas Made in USA" Palestinian Jawaher Abu Rahmah and his brother Bassem both killed by Combined Systems canisters. US solidarity activist Tristan Anderson seriously injured by Combined Systems canister.
"Crowd Control: Israels Use of Crowd Control Weapons in the West Bank" - B'Tselem report which documents Combined Systems "Indoor Barricade Penetrator" (see page 8.)
"Chilean Government Resumes Use of Tear Gas As HidroAysén Protests Continue" Chilean government temporarily suspends use of tear gas amid health concerns, resumes after consulting with Combined Systems.
Youtube video showing Combined Systems tear gas in Tunisia.
"Otro campesino muerto por la tierra" Peasant protester in Santa Cruz Muluá, Guatemala killed by police with Combined Systems tear gas canister.
Point Lookout Capital Partners Acquires Combined Systems
Anonymous Hacks Combined Systems
Combined Systems hack log
U.S. Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets Suppress Peaceful Uprisings Around the World