The Air India Inquiry – March 6, 2007 (Part 3 of 3)

Inquiries on CPAC

The Air India Inquiry – March 6, 2007 (Part 3 of 3)

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

Witness: Geoffrey O’Brien

Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) continues his cross-examination of Geoffrey O’Brien, an employee in various capacities with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) since its creation in 1984. There is persistent questioning by Mr. Shore about morale among CSIS and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) personnel following CSIS’s creation and the effects of poor morale on the operations of CSIS and the RCMP. Mr. O’Brien admits to problems with morale but refrains from making a definitive statement about their effects on CSIS and RCMP operations. Under cross-examination by Tracey McCann (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada), Mr. O’Brien explains different thresholds for CSIS and law enforcement agencies, such as the RCMP, with respect to the obtaining of warrants for wiretaps. A lengthy discussion ensues among Ms. McCann, the Commissioner, and Mr. O’Brien about how to interpret comments made by Canada’s solicitor general in 1984 concerning the use of CSIS’s intelligence in criminal investigations and prosecutions.