The Air India Inquiry – May 8, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 8, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

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

Witness: John Henry

John Henry (a former director of the threat assessment branch within D-Operations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and a former member of the anti-terrorism division of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)) testifies before the Commission. Under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor, Mr. Henry speaks about the nature of threat assessments and the means used by the RCMP security branch and by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to categorize the severity of various threats. He is asked about information CSIS had about a potential attack on an Air India flight leaving from Toronto prior to the bombing of Air India flight 182 and about internal RCMP and CSIS documents and Air India documents referring to threats to Indian interests, including Air India. Norman Boxall (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Henry, asking about so-called “Sikh desks” in the RCMP’s security branch and at CSIS, about the difference between so-called general and specific threats, about the RCMP’s and CSIS’s response to information about potential threats to Indian interests in Canada, and about the training offered by the RCMP and CSIS for conducting threat assessments. Soma Ray-Ellis (Counsel for Air India) cross-examines Mr. Henry on the subject of intelligence provided by Air India to CSIS and the sharing of information between CSIS and Air India. Tracey McCann, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, cross-examines Mr. Henry about the threat assessment unit’s work and related issues. Mr. Kapoor briefly re-examines Mr. Henry, asking about the consistently high threat level against Indian interests between 1984 and 1985 and about subsequent adjustments made within the RCMP’s P-Directorate.