Forensic Report Finds Planned Parenthood Videos are ‘Authentic’ and Unaltered

The undercover videos of Planned Parenthood shot by the Center for Medical Progress are authentic and unaltered, according to a forensics report released this morning. Every second of video footage recorded by CMP was given to Coalfire, a forensics firm that does analysis for criminal investigations. “The video recordings are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing,” Coalfire said in its comprehensive, 14-page report. “This conclusion is supported by the consistency of the video file date and time stamps, the video timecode, as well as the folder and file naming scheme. The uniformity between the footage from the cameras from the two investigators also support the evidence that the video recordings are authentic.” Any edits made to online footage uploaded to YouTube was done only to “eliminate non-pertinent footage, including ‘commuting,’ ‘waiting,’ ‘adjusting recording equipment,’ ‘meals,’ or ‘restroom breaks.'” All the footage removed was “lacking pertinent conversation,” Coalfire concluded in the report, requested by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). “The Coalfire report had access to every second of released audio and video investigative footage recorded by CMP and analyzed that footage to verify and authenticate all of the videos on the CMP YouTube page,” the ADF noted. That report contrasts sharply with the tone of an earlier report paid for by Planned Parenthood, and produced by Fusion GPS, a D.C.-based opposition research firm linked to the Democratic Party. Its founder, Glenn Simpson, was once a lobbyist for a sheikh who approved of the burning of the U.S. flag during wartime. The Wall Street Journal referred to Fusion as “Mr. Simpson’s chop shop.” Fusion also acknowledged the edits...