Inquiries on CPAC - The Air India Inquiry – March 9, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)
Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: Bruce Hoffman
Barney Brucker, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, updates the Commission on progress made in providing government documents to the Commission. He makes brief remarks about the ongoing review and redaction process for these documents. Mark J. Freiman, Commission Lead Counsel, responds. Jacques Shore, Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association, makes brief remarks and a procedural discussion ensues. Bruce Hoffman (Professor, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University) testifies. Under direct examination by Mr. Freiman, Mr. Hoffman speaks about the phenomenon of terrorism in general, the connection between terrorism and the bombing of Air India flight 182, various understandings of the phenomenon of terrorism, the interplay between security concerns and intelligence concerns with respect to terrorism, the challenges of intelligence gathering with respect to terrorism in a liberal-democratic state, attempts by various terrorist organizations to promote public policies that prevent the assimilation into the larger society of people of their particular ethnicity, terrorist financing, and related issues.