Toronto Star on research fraud, old lies (July 12, 2016)

Once in a few years, some newspaper publishes a piece on the subject. Each time – using the same bogus explanations. This time, by Michael Robinson, “Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy laws”. The title should be: “Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by Susan Zimmerman referring to privacy laws” because no matter what the governmental agency can or cannot do, NOBODY who committed a fraud is protected if a reporter can publish available authentic documents, period. Now, some other points in this Robinson article.

1) The article “discovers”, so to speak, that it is very wrong that universities are allowed to investigate themselves. This is now the year 2016, but I sent to the Chair of the Expert Panel on Research Integrity, Paul Davenport, on November 11, 2010, 6 years ago, my letter (published on this site below: “Canadian universities are made free from any accountability. Corruption and fraud ARE continuing”), saying:

“They [universities] are accountable only to themselves; universities might or might not investigate their own corruption, fraud, etc. In the past, they never found themselves guilty: every crime was covered up.”

Davenport even answered me, but with this crap:

“Our panel, after review of the extensive literature on research integrity and after much deliberation, came to the conclusion that a positive approach to research integrity, based on education and open discussion, is essential. The CCRI was conceived in that spirit, and our panel hopes that something like the CCRI will be introduced as a result of our report. At the same time, our Report suggests that the authority for setting rules for research integrity, and enforcing those rules, should remain with the universities, hospitals, and Tri-Council.”

Was I the only one who knew that giving universities the right to investigate themselves AND MAKING SUCH UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION THE ONLY INVESTIGATION ALLOWED IN ACADEMIA, was a recipe to allow unrestricted corruption, bribery, etc. No, everybody knew this! The corrupt officials celebrated, others – were scared to loose their sinecure and remained silent.

2) Robinson repeats the decades-old misleading argument that privacy laws prevent blah-blah… disclosure of the names of the fraud perpetrators. Well, first, the names and the documents can be obtained from the sources other than the official ones. That’s what INDEPENDENT PRESS IN FREE COUNTRIES has been doing for decades. Remember the publication of secret Pentagon papers?

But, there is another problem with this misleading argument of privacy. The govt. agency (now – Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research), makes it look that the issue of secrecy can be related only to THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY FOUND GUILTY. But those found guilty, if properly punished, are not of the greatest interest to the public.

What the public must know are all cases, allegations and the documentary evidence, but not necessarily the names of the accused, because the real problem is that the universities and the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research are CORRUPT and they EXONERATE PERPETRATORS OF FRAUD FOR THEIR OWN CORRUPT REASONS (bribes, politics and the ever-present conflict of interest).

Indeed, in that Report of the CCRI to which Davenport had referred, there is a clear admission that the university administration has a CONFLICT OF INTEREST when investigating the fraud in the university. No any other admission was needed to prohibit university self-regulation and self-policing, if Canada wanted that research integrity.

3) The next decades-old misleading argument is that university administration, when covering up fraud, is acting to protect the university reputation, so that administrators are not really bad people. Not true. A crook who is lying to exonerate the perpetrators of fraud is, in fact, acting to save his own skin and the skin of his friends because the whole line of lying administrators is involved. Nobody would believe otherwise, but I simply have documents to prove this.

4) Another decades-old lie saying that if the rules and the procedures are improved, the integrity in research will also improve. You have to be a naive outsider to believe this. In the last several decades universities underwent a “change”. Scientists are no longer in control; they became puppets of the administrators who have nothing to do with science and were chosen for political reasons, often they are lawyers. 3/4 or more of the scientists today came from the “maruana” generation with political demands and without real interest in science, free from cultural traditions and ethical principles. That’s where the rules and procedures came in. In the absence of general culture, they now spit on the rules and procedures.

An example here is Susan Zimmerman and her Secretariat who refused to investigate my complaint against University of Toronto, lying that this complaint was already investigated by NSERC twice (sic!), see
Susan Zimmerman is the top watchdog of science integrity in Canada, a lawyer, has nothing to do with science, and a criminal. It’s Susan Zimmerman who should be investigated for fraud first.

Cleaning up canadian science must start with making public the crimes of the administration and establishing integrity courts composed of scientists who would not sell their scientific reputation for bribes or under the pressure from political “groups” and “activists”. All that requires establishing free press, freedom of speech and giving genuine power to the whistleblowers, i. e. opening the iron curtain surrounding all mass media.


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