TWICE AS FAR
- EXTRACT FROM FILE NOTES -
- 2001 MAR 20 -
GERDEN/FRASER PHONE CONVERSATION
The following are notes written by Superintendent Lee Fraser
as the Director of the RCMP's Forensic Identification Services.
They are of a phone conversation that he had on 2001 MAR 20
with Vic Gerden as the Lead Investigator
for the Swissair investigation
Note that Fraser uses the term
'regarding a report'
indicating a single report.
When read in context with the line
'not changed appreciably since last info but it is not going away',
one can only conclude that he knows of Dr. Brown's first AES report,
and here he is speaking of the second AES report.
Lee Fraser had never been involved in the aircraft reconstruction.
Once the morgue was finished in early November, 1998,
he spent considerable time travelling to give his morgue presentations to other agencies.
However, he was not involved in the reconstruction side
other than to arrange manpower for the various positions.
For certain though,
he had been quickly briefed by Lathem before the reading of the notes
and the subsequent 'Change the Notes' meeting.
Likely it was during the phone conversation they had
when they set up the reading of the notes and the change-the-notes meeting.
However, he would not have been privy to the AES process and all its fine details.
He likely had been present for the Commissioner's meeting on the 15th of November, 2000
when the future of the file was discussed.
So he knew what the intended direction was for the file.
Upon receiving this phone call,
he immediately would have contacted someone in the Commissioner's office
along with Lathem in Halifax.
He would then have received his directions from the Commissioner's office.
Also remember that he was fully aware of Access to Information
and what should and should not appear on paper.
Any notes of those internal phone calls would have been destroyed.
After all, he was using a note pad with tear-off sheets of paper.
The writing gives the appearance of a re-write
of notes previously made.
So the obvious question is,
why did he become involved in the 'investigation'
when everything should have been handled by Halifax?
As the RCMP's lead physical evidence investigator,
shouldn't I have been involved in the matter?
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