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Inquiries on CPAC - The Air India Inquiry – May 17, 2007 (Part 2 of 2)

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

Witnesses: Dale Mattson, Robert Burgoyne

Commission Counsel Brian Gover presents a series of documents to the Commission pertaining to earlier testimony by Graham F. Pinos. Dale Mattson (a former employee of Transport Canada and manager of safety and security at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 1985) responds to questions from Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association). Mr. Shore refers to a document entitled “Air India Briefing to Independent Advisor Bob Rae” and asks Mr. Mattson about the monitoring of airlines’ compliance with security requirements. Carol McCall, Counsel for Air India, cross-examines Mr. Mattson. Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor objects to some of Ms. McCall’s questions and Commissioner John C. Major chastises Ms. McCall. Robert Burgoyne (a former member of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Brian Gover. Mr. Burgoyne discusses his work in counterterrorism for the RCMP and for CSIS, including his focus on Sikh extremism in the early 1980s and his work in the so-called “Sikh desk” at CSIS. He explains aspects of the RCMP’s Operational Priority Review Committee (OPRC) and CSIS’s Target Approval Review Committee (TARC). Mr. Burgoyne also discusses RCMP and CSIS surveillance of the International Sikh Youth Federation and other organizations and individuals believed to be linked to Sikh extremism.

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