Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: James Warren
James Warren (a former member of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS)) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Asked directly by Mr. Freiman about possible ulterior motives for the erasure of wiretap recordings relating to the investigation into Air India flight 182, Mr. Warren denies the existence of any such motives. Mr. Freiman also asks about Mr. Warren’s views in hindsight concerning the erasure of the recordings. Mr. Freiman proceeds to question the witness in detail about his experience with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Certain Activities of the RCMP (the McDonald Commission) and about his work in the security branch of the RCMP and subsequently CSIS. Mr. Warren is asked about his work investigating Sikh extremism in Canada, about relations between the RCMP and CSIS, about the sharing of information between CSIS and the RCMP, and about the reasons for CSIS’s erasure of wiretap recordings. Mr. Freiman asks Mr. Warren to comment on a wide range of documents. During his testimony, Mr. Warren emphasizes that he is not aware of any requests for copies of the destroyed wiretap recordings or of anyone expressing an interest in saving the tapes.