Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: John Stevenson
John Stevenson (a former member of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Mr. Freiman asks Mr. Stevenson about his initial encounter, as a member of CSIS, with the phenomenon of Sikh extremism in the wake of the Air India flight 182 bombing. Mr. Stevenson describes his subsequent counter-terrorism work for CSIS, CSIS technical intercepts (surveillance, wiretapping) of various individuals thought to have been involved in the Air India bombing, his work as a CSIS–RCMP liaison officer, and the sharing of information between CSIS and the RCMP. Mr. Stevenson is also asked about his knowledge of RCMP contact with a source known as “Ms. E,” who was a Sikh woman associated with Ajaib Singh Bagri, an individual suspected of involvement in the bombing plot. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Stevenson. The witness is asked about the relationship between CSIS and the RCMP, about the sharing of information, and about tensions between CSIS and the RCMP following the creation of CSIS in 1984. Mr. Stevenson discusses the problem of RCMP officers who were “self-professed CSIS bashers.” Tracey McCann (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) briefly cross-examines the witness.