Lancet study on Iraqi war deaths dead and buried
If there was ever truth in the saying that "A lie will work its way around the world before the truth puts its shoes on," this is it.
In 2004 and 2006, the respected British medical journal, The Lancet, published studies by Glibert Burnham and Johns Hopkins University on "excess Iraqi war deaths" as a result of the US invasion and occupation. Both studies came out days prior to the American election in a blatant attempt by the Lancet to influence the vote. It turns out that the George Soros funded Open Society Institute supplied some of the funding for the studies - a fact not disclosed by either the scientists or the school which disregards protocols designed to eliminate any hint or appearance of bias.
Now we discover that after a long, careful study of the results, the highly respected American Association for Public Opinion Research has come out with a verdict on the 2006 study. And both Burnham and Johns Hopkins are being called out for the shoddiness of their research:
AAPOR, in a statement, said that in an eight-month investigation, Gilbert Burnham, a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "repeatedly refused to make public essential facts about his research on civilian deaths in Iraq."Hours later, the school itself disclosed its own investigation of the Iraq casualties report "to determine if any violation of the school's rules or guidelines for the conduct of research occurred." It said the review "is nearing completion."Both AAPOR and the school said they had focused on Burnham's study, published in the October 2006 issue of the British medical journal the Lancet, reporting an estimated 654,965 "excess deaths" in Iraq as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. An earlier, 2004 report, in which Burnham also participated, estimated approximately 98,000 excess deaths to that point.In its original news release on the 2006 study, the Lancet said, "The mortality survey used well-established and scientifically proven methods for measuring mortality and disease in populations." Today, Tony Kirby, the Lancet's press officer, said in an e-mail to ABC News: "The Lancet is making no comment."Burnham did not reply to e-mail and telephone messages.