George Gibney (top) and US journalist Irvin Muchnick

Readers may recall the exhaustive efforts of American journalist Irvin Muchnick to obtain former Irish swimming coach George Gibney’s immigration file from the Department of Homeland Security, under the Freedom of Information Act, in the US.

Gibney was charged with 27 counts of indecency against young swimmers and of carnal knowledge of girls under the age of 15 in April, 1993.

But he sought and won a High Court judicial review in 1994 which quashed all the charges against him.

The review was made possible after a baffling Supreme Court decision that initiating the prosecution against Gibney infringed his right to a fair trial.

After this, Gibney left Ireland for Edinburgh, Scotland and then Florida where he went on to abuse.

The swimming coach was granted a visa during a visit to the United States in 1992 – seemingly aided by a Garda character reference – a year after people who had been abused by him started to speak up and organise themselves.

In addition, a 2010 application by Gibney to obtain US citizenship – some months after Evin Daly, of the Florida-based advocacy group One Child International alerted the US government of Gibney’s past in Ireland – was rejected.

But he remains in the States.

The revelations about his 1992 visa and 2010 citizenship bid have previously been revealed by Mr Irvin.

Further to this..

Mr Irvin, who writes on Concussion Inc, reports:

“Concussion Inc. has acquired explosive archival video, which shows that George Gibney has been under watch by American law enforcement agencies since at least 2006. The video will go live at  noon PST [8pm Irish time]

“The link is here

“The video has surpassing significance during the pendency of my Freedom of Information Act case seeking additional material on the U.S. immigration files of the former Irish Olympic swimming head coach who is arguably the most notorious child sex abuser in a sports world with too many of them.

“I prevailed last year in Muchnick v. Department of Homeland Security; the government’s appeal of Judge Charles Breyer’s decision is at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“After the video begins streaming online, I’ll be publishing additional interpretation and pointers.”

See It Soon: Video Showing George Gibney Under American Law Enforcement Watch Goes Live Today (Concussion Inc)

Previously: Irvin Muchnick on Broadsheet

16 thoughts on “Under Watch

  1. Blonto

    Irvin Muchnick is doing a remarkable job. Great patience.
    It is so important that he gets to the bottom of this saga. Hopefully we find out who was involved on both sides of the atlantic. The disregard for childrens safety is just disgusting.

    1. phil

      Whoever is involved here has to be an establishment figure, when we find out , if I were I journalist Id start interviewing children connected to this establishment figure….

      1. Kdoc1

        “Whoever is involved here has to be an establishment figure … ”
        And probably a paid up member of the paedo ring.

    1. Irvin Muchnick

      The issuing officer for the certificate of character is redacted so far on the government’s index of partially or totally withheld documents. So is the content. Irish journalist Justine McCarthy has written that the garda press office said such a document would ordinarily be signed by the superintendent in the applicant’ district.

      Thanks to all for the kind comments.

      Irv Muchnick

      1. Killian G

        That’s what I was thinking. Having personally undergone very onerous procedural checks with US immigration and then citizenship, I’d find it very hard to believe that a simple signature from whoever was on duty in the station at the time would suffice. I had huge difficulties getting a Garda reference purely because they didn’t know me. (I thought the police not knowing me would have been a good thing… seemingly not). That Gibney was given a reference is really bizarre.

      2. anne

        I’m trying to recall when I was going about my green card..I don’t think it was a superintendent who signed off on me being of good character & all that malarkey… maybe, but I’m pretty sure it was just a local goon at the desk.

        I do recall you had to go to the guards at one stage for them to stamp your passport application.. the guard was reluctant to stamp it saying he doesn’t know me.. ah that would be a good thing I thought. He recommended a priest.. No priest knew me either ffs. He stamped it in the good character shone through.

        Nice work btw Irv.

  2. Jim Bob Julius

    Great work Irv.

    Sadly, this country has an appalling history of abetting child abuse.

    There is something deeply sinister in how this person Gibney has been protected.

    Disgusting, disturbing and frightening.

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