In recent weeks, Sir Ian Blair's defenders have made much of the idea that criticism over the death of Jean Charles De Menezes risks undermining the fight against the genuine threat of suicide bombers.
Yet one of the many disturbing things that emerges clearly from the IPCC's Stockwell One report is that the Met might have faced even tougher questions if a suicide bomber had emerged from the flat in Scotia Road on 22 July 2005, because they completely failed to act on the plan that had been put in place to stop him.
The strategy set by the Gold Commander was not implemented. The strategy made it clear that all persons leaving Scotia Road would be stopped either as suspects or as potential intelligence sources. Six persons left the flats before Mr DE MENEZES. Due to insufficient resources being in place, none were stopped. (Stockwell One - Recommendation Four)
There was a substantial delay between the time the firearms team were
requested and when they were deployed. By the time Mr DE MENEZES left
Scotia Road at 09:33hrs CO19 officers were still not in place despite being
initially requested at 05:05hrs. (Stockwell One - Recommendation Six)
An addendum to the main report raises even more questions about this delay: