The Air India Inquiry – September 20, 2007 (Part 2 of 3)

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The Air India Inquiry – September 20, 2007 (Part 2 of 3)

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

Witness: Ron Atkey

Ron Atkey (former chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC)) continues his testimony before the Commission under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Mr. Atkey is asked about discussions concerning the postponement of a SIRC inquiry into the activities of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) with respect to the destruction of Air India flight 182. Mr. Freiman asks Mr. Atkey a series of more general questions about his work with SIRC, the SIRC review of CSIS’s activities with respect to the Air India disaster, and the destruction of CSIS wiretap recordings related to the Air India disaster investigation. Commissioner John C. Major asks the witness some brief questions about the destruction of the CSIS wiretap tapes. Norman Boxall (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Atkey, asking him to comment on deficiencies in security intelligence and counter-terrorism policy related to electronic surveillance. Barney Brucker (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examines Mr. Atkey. The Commissioner asks the witness some final questions.