Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Number of "excess deaths" questioned

The author of the Lancet study, which estimated that up to 1 million "excess deaths" have been caused by the war in Iraq, has refused to disclose the details of his work. No matter what the true number is, far too many innocent Iraqis have been killed since 2003. Thanks CH for the link.

And thanks Molly for this: Iraqi death researcher censured

Nondisclosure Cited in Iraq Casualties Study

Controversial Survey Author Rebuked for Failing to Disclose Details of His Work

Feb. 4, 2009

In a highly unusual rebuke, the American Association for Public Opinion Research today said the author of a widely debated survey on "excess deaths" in Iraq had violated its code of professional ethics by refusing to disclose details of his work. The author's institution later disclosed to ABC News that it, too, is investigating the study.

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."


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