After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the US military issued gas masks to civilians in Hawaii, and rushed a special children's model into production, which consisted of a hood with bunny ears. By early 1942, The Sun Rubber Company and the Disney Corporation designed the Mickey Mouse gas mask pictured above (on the left). The US military ultimately ordered 1000 Mickey Mouse masks, and awarded an "E" for excellence to the Sun Rubber Company for the contract.
Few of the original 1000 Mickey Mouse gas masks have survived. One is still on display at the US Army Chemical Museum at Fort McClennan, Alabama (not that you would want to visit - Marcus informs me that the place is notoriously toxic, as befits a Chemical Museum). But why exactly have the Georgian riot police now appropriated the design 66 years later, just in time for their crackdown on the Rose Revolution? And more importantly, are they paying royalties to Disney?