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Lying About The Dead
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:18
by Craig Murray

An extraordinary story appeared once this morning on BBC News 24, and then was buried.

The BBC World Service has obtained a document. It is an official appraisal by British government scientists across government departments, commissioned by 10 Downing Street, of the study published by the Lancet that estimated 655,000 dead in Iraq. The appraisal says that the methodology is correct and that the study "follows best practice".

Astonishingly, the official DFID verdict was that 655,000 dead is "If anything, an underestimate".

Yet the Government poured scorn on the Lancet study, despite having commissioned a report from their own scientists that said it was good. Who can doubt that if the government scientists had rubbished the study, the number ten spin machine would have publicised that like crazy?

Doubtless the Official Secrets Act will be wheeled out to try and sit on the government scientists' report, which the BBC already seems to have reburied, showing its typical craven attitude towards the Blair government.

Personally, I did not know how much credence to give the study published in the Lancet, not being technically equipped to evaluate it. We can now be confident that the death toll in Iraq was over 600,000 a year ago, and probably over 700,000 now.

There is much talk of Blair's legacy. In fact he has two major legacies. 700,000 rotting corpses, and the culture of lies that sought to suppress the truth about it.

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At least the Brits looked
Here in the U.S., the dismissal of the mortality study published in The Lancet was nearly complete---not only by the US government, but by most of the elite press (notably, the NY Times, which continues to assert the lowest possible figures). The study, which I commissioned, was thoroughly vetted of course and has never had a serious methodological critique that stuck---the BBC story again repeated the canard from the Oxford physicist about "main street bias," but that's been debunked. Two weeks ago ABC News published a survey from Iraq in which 53% of respondents said that they knew someone close to them who had been physically harmed by the violence. Work out those numbers---13 million harmed, how many dead?---and you're in Lancet country.
 
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