As a rider to his New Year message to London's police forces, Sir Ian McBlair (no relation to Angus), a.k.a. the Labour Party's favourite copper, expressed his confidence that the Millennium Dome bomber would never have got away with it under present policing arrangements.
Further, he said, the new security precautions and surveillance systems, which have been put in place in the 21st Century, post 9/11 and 7/7 world, are such that the MDB could never have planted his infernal device and got away without being tracked to his base of operations.
Dormant, cold even, but not closed
Sir Ian acknowledged that the MDB investigation is 'active but making no progress' at the moment, but he remains confident that the case will be cracked eventually. All big crimes (with the notable exception of the Jack the Ripper Case) are exposed via one of three routes: new forensic evidence and/or new forensic techniques, betrayal and memoirs.
"All criminals have a pathological need for recognition," Sir Ian told this reporter. "And if no one gives it to them, they generally end up claiming it for themselves. I see the so-called Millennium Dome Bomber as being no different from the usual run of terrorists."
filed by Kate Alien [firstname.lastname@example.org]