Window Film vs. an RPG: Lawmaker Says It’s No Contest

July 15th, 2015 by Casey Flores

House Members are famous for taking swipes at government officials in certain hearings, but it’s not every day they criticize window film by name.

But in a recent Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) did just that.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Congressman Jason Chaffetz

When grilling State Department officials on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Chaffetz noted the security measures, or lack thereof, taken at temporary housing facilities.

A report by the Government Accountability Office read “the only security protection measure specified in the 2009 contract for the temporary housing was shatter-resistant window film.”

The congressman wasn’t happy with that.

“That’s it … A little film on the windows. I’m no expert, but I don’t think shatter-resistant windows can stop a bullet, a grenade, an RPG and whatnot,” he said. “And yet we ask our Americans to live there in this high-threat environment.”

You can view the clip below. His comments about window film start at 6:38.


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  1. Key words there: “I’m no expert…”

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