The Air India Inquiry – May 15, 2007 (Part 2 of 3)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 15, 2007 (Part 2 of 3)

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

Witnesses: R. E. Muir, Gary Carlson

Norman Boxall, Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association, cross-examines R. E. Muir (a former director of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) VIP security branch from 1977 to 1986) about the relationship between the RCMP’s VIP security branch and airport policing branch in the early 1980s. Loretta Colton, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, cross-examines Mr. Muir. Gary Carlson (the sole explosives dog handler at Toronto Pearson International Airport from 1983 to 1985) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor. Mr. Carlson describes his work as an explosives dog handler, tests that he conducted with the PD4 explosives detection device and his conclusion that this device was ineffective, his knowledge of the use of the PD4 device by Burns Security personnel on behalf of Air India, his advice to Air India about the use of dogs to detect explosives, his offers to assist with the detection of explosives, and the absence of bomb detection dog coverage at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 22, 1985. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Carlson about the effectiveness of explosives dogs and about common practices in the early 1980s for searching for bombs in luggage on airplanes. Carol McCall, Counsel for Air India, cross-examines Mr. Carlson about the relative effectiveness of different explosives detection devices and dogs trained to detect bombs and about the number of explosives detection dogs in Canada in the early 1980s. Charleen Brenzall, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, cross-examines Mr. Carlson, asking him to describe in detail his experience in searching an aircraft involved in a bomb threat. Mr. Kapoor asks Mr. Carlson some brief follow-up questions.