I just finished watching a 60 Minutes segment on money laundering in the United States. The centerpiece of the report was a sting operation conducted by Global Witness, a London based NGO dedicated to exposing corruption. Global Witness sent one of their investigators undercover to a dozen or so law firms in New York to discuss the possibility of moving money on behalf of an anonymous African minister who has obtain millions of dollars worth of graft. While none of the attorneys interviewed broke the law they didn’t exactly toss their potential client out on sight save for one.
I bring this report up to pose this question. What if instead of exposing money laundering on behalf of corrupt African officials, Global Witness exposed the selling of fetal tissue for profit? They would probably find themselves under indictment as The Center for Medical Progress does in Harris County with regard to the Planned Parenthood videos. Can anyone tell me the difference between the methods deployed by Global Witness and The Center for Medical Progress? It seems to me the key difference between the two organizations is their targets and that there are people in positions of power who are prepared to protect those targets.