Police chief demands terror rethink (additional comments)

The country’s most senior policeman called on Sunday for high-tech eye recognition technology to be pressed into use to track al Qaeda affiliates he said were targeting the country.

Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, also said he had been won over to the Labour government’s call for compulsory ID cards in the week an Algerian man was convicted of a plot to launch chemical attacks in London.

“We have to … know who people are. We now have the technology, I think through iris recognition, to go to that I think that would be very helpful,” he told BBC Television. Full Story

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