| Ian Blair |
Ian Warwick Blair|
Chester, Cheshire, England
Jean Charles de Menezes killing
After Jean Charles de Menezes was killed by an officer of the Metropolitan police force, Ian Blair telephoned the Chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and wrote a letter to the Home Office stating that "the shooting that has just occurred at Stockwell is not to be referred to the IPCC and that they will be given no access to the scene at the present time".
While in charge of the Met, Ian Blair gave a BBC radio interview in which he claimed that Islamic terrorism "is a far graver threat in terms of civilians than either the Cold War or the Second World War"(in which maybe 47 million civilians were killed). In November 2005, a controversy about detention without charge proposals led to Blair becoming involved in allegations of the police being "politicised", when Ian Blair was one of several senior police officers who lobbied MPs to support Government proposals to hold suspected "terrorists" for 90 days.
- "Commissioner's letter to The Home Office". Metropolitan Police Service.
- "'Political police' prompts questions". BBC News. 11 November 2005.