Independent Forensics Team: Center for Medical Progress Videos Are Authentic

Center for Medical Progress/YouTube
Center for Medical Progress/YouTube

An independent forensics team has analyzed all the raw footage of the undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress and has determined they are “authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing.”

This is the second forensics report on the videos performed since they began appearing in mid-July. The first analysis was performed in mid-August at the behest of Planned Parenthood that hired Fusion GPS, the company of a Democratic operative. Though that report found multiple edits to the videos, the “analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation…”

In this more thorough analysis, Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit public interest law firm, hired Coalfire Systems, a cybersecurity firm that frequently works with Fortune 500 companies.

In the analysis released on Monday, Coalfire reports they were charged with forensically evaluating the raw video and audio provided by David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress and determining if any of it was “edited or otherwise altered.” They were also charged with analyzing the videos put up on YouTube and released to the media to determine “inconsistencies between the files.”

Coalfire concluded that the “raw footage” provided by CMP “show no sign evidence of manipulation or editing. This conclusion is supported by the consistency of the video file date and time stamps, the video timecode, as well as the folder a 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.”

Regarding the final videos put up on YouTube, Coalfire found they were edited but that these edits “were applied to eliminate non-pertinent footage, including ‘commuting’, ‘waiting,’ ‘adjusting recording equipment,’ ‘meals,’ or ‘restroom breaks,’ lacking pertinent conversation. Any discrepancies in the chronology of the timecodes are consistent with the intentional removal of this non-pertinent footage as described in this report.”

Coalfire also reports that four of the five videos had separately-recorded audio files that matched up to the video files.

The report issued by Coalfire provides a complete look at the methodology the company used to examine the video and audio files provided by CMP.

Alliance Defending Freedom issued a head-to-head comparison between the Coalfire report and the one done by Fusion GPS for Planned Parenthood. Where Coalfire had access to both the raw footage and the edited YouTube versions, Fusion GPS only had access to the YouTube versions. “The Coalfire report also confirmed that one segment of missing video highlighted by the Fusion Report was later uplaoaded in full to CMP’s YouTube page,” according to the ADF comparison.

ADF points out that Fusion GPS “is a small company formed to develop material for Democratic Party campaigns, Coalfire is an internationally recognized third-party digital security and forensics firm with experience providing evidence for civil and criminal investigations.”

ADF also underscores the fact that both reports verify that there is no evidence of “fabrication or misrepresentative editing, nothing was dubbed or altered. Fusion’s analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.”

Casey Mattox, ADF Senior Counsel, said:

The Coalfire forensic evidence removes any doubt that the full length undercover videos… are authentic and have not been manipulated. Analysts scrutinized every second of video recorded during the investigation and released by CMP to date and found only bathroom breaks and other non-perntinent footage had been removed. Planned Parenthood can no longer hide behind a smokescreen of false accusations and should now answer for what appear to be the very real crimes revealed by the CMP investigation.

Even though the CMP videos have been given a clean bill of health from an independent company and even a limited bill of health from a team of Democratic operatives, it is unlikely that Planned Parenthood or its Democrat supporters in the House and Senate will anytime soon stop referring to the videos are “doctored” or “phony.”

Follow Austin Ruse on Twitter @austinruse.


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