Inquiries on CPAC - The Air India Inquiry – March 6, 2007 (Part 2 of 3)
Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: Geoffrey O’Brien
The Commission continues to hear testimony from Geoffrey O’Brien, an employee in various capacities with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) since its creation in 1984. Under examination by Mark J. Freiman (Commission Lead Counsel), Mr. O’Brien speaks about challenges related to information sharing among security and intelligence agencies and about the withholding of intelligence and security information for reasons of national security. A lengthy discussion between Commissioner Justice John C. Major and Mr. O’Brien ensues on the use of intelligence gathered by CSIS in criminal prosecutions when law enforcement agencies like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) would not normally have been able to legally obtain such information. Under cross-examination by Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association), Mr. O’Brien discusses the relationship between CSIS and the RCMP immediately after the creation of CSIS, the extent to which CSIS was prepared to meet its anti-terrorism mandate when it was created, and related issues.