They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

London tube shooting: No Backing for Ian Blair

Scotsman: Ian Blair, Britain's top police officer, had no backing from the Metropolitan Police Authority when he tried to block an independent inquiry into the killing of an innocent Brazilian, The Scotsman has been told.

The disclosure came as it was revealed that Tony Blair and senior cabinet members had been informed about the "shoot to kill" policy which led to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes on 22 July in south London.

The killing and the policy are now the subject of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, an inquiry that Sir Ian initially resisted.

The revelation that he did not have the backing of his police authority when he argued against the IPCC's investigation increases the political risks to the commissioner over the shooting. Read more

db: Shortly after the shooting of Mr de Menezes Tony Blair claimed in a TV interview that the shoot-to-kill policy decision 'never crossed his desk'. At the time it seemed an incredible statement - and it still does.