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FBI to Consolidate Field Offices in Mississippi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is consolidating two offices in Mississippi into a larger one in Oxford as part of a budget-cutting move, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

But the move – relocating Tupelo and Greenville into Oxford –won’t affect staffing, an FBI spokeswoman told the Daily Journal.

“The consolidation will not affect the number of FBI resources in the northern part of the state, within the state of Mississippi or in the FBI Jackson Division,” said spokeswoman Deborah Madden, who declined to divulge whether other FBI offices were closing.

Tupelo’s office first opened in the mid-1960s to address the increasing activity of the Ku Klux Klan.

FBI Kept File on Christopher Hitchens

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI kept a file on the  late outspoken writer Christopher Hitchens, the website Historiographic Anarchy reports.

The website reported that the FBI released through the Freedom of Information Act, 19 pages on Hitchens, some which show he was the subject of an FBI Foreign Counterintelligence probe. He died in December at age 62 after a long fight with cancer.

The site reported that the first two pages involve a check requested by the Immigration and Naturalization in March 2005.

The next five pages reveal that he was the subject of a foreign counterintelligence probe and there is a discussion of his socialist-Trotskyist activities in Oxford and that he was traveling in the U.S. on a student scholarship.

Files also pertained to a Secret Service request for info in 1983 after Hitchens requested a White House press pass.

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Miss. FBI Agent Hal Neilson Reinstated After his Acquittal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mississippi FBI agent Hal Neilson is back on the job, gun, badge and all, just days before he’s set to retire, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Neilson’s attorney said he was resinstated on Monday, weeks after he was acquitted on two counts centering around allegations that he lied about his financial holdings in a building the FBI leased in Oxford, Miss.

Prosecutors subsequently dropped three other counts that jury had deadlocked on.

The paper reported that Neilson plans to retire Dec. 31.

Neilson claimed during trial that Michael Turner – the Jackson FBI office’s top lawyer until 2008 — told him he could buy into the company so long as he was a passive, silent partner.

Turner denied that, but admitted losing focus on details in his waning years with the FBI.

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Miss. FBI Agent Acquitted on 2 Counts; Mistrial Declared on Remaining 3

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury in Mississippi on Saturday found FBI agent Hal Neilson not guilty on two counts relating to charges that he failed to disclose his ownership in a building housing the FBI in Oxford, Miss., and then lied about it,  News360.com reported. The jury deadlocked on three other counts and a mistrial was declared.

The news organization reported that family and friends “shrieked with joy” as the verdict was read Saturday afternoon.

The verdict capped a 10-day trial. Neilson had claimed before trial that the then-U.S. Attorney indicted him because he had been critical of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The website reported that prosecutors had not immediately whether they would go for a second trial on the hung counts.

The website reported that FBI agent Neilson, an attorney, took the stand for six hours on Wednesday, insisting he was not part of the company when it first leased the building to the FBI and that he’d gotten permission from the FBI to enter into the business.

Defense Begins Monday for FBI Agent in Mississippi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The defense begins its case Monday in the trial of FBI agent Hal Neilson, who is accused of hiding his interest in a building in Oxford, Miss., that housed the FBI office he headed up, and then lying about it.

The prosecution rested its case, using recordings and documents to show his interest in a company that build and leased the building, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Neilson has claimed that Michael Turner – the Jackson FBI office’s top lawyer until 2008 told him he could buy into the company so long as he was a passive, silent partner.

The paper reported that Turner denied that, but admitted losing focus on details in his waning years with the FBI.

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Judge Rules FBI Agent Cannot Allege in Court that U.S. Attorney Indicted Him Because of Vendetta

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
With trial set to begin next week, a federal judge has ruled  that an FBI agent accused of lying about his ownership in a building the FBI  leased in Oxford, Miss., cannot allege in court that the charges were the result of a vendetta by then-U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee, the  Associated Press reported.

The ruling comes just days before the Nov. 8  trial for FBI agent Hal Neilson in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Miss.

The feds indicted Neilson in January on charges that he failed to disclose his interest in the Oxford FBI Building, an office he headed up, and lied about it later.

U.S.  District Judge Sharon Aycock ruled that the defense provided no evidence that Neilson was charged as a result of a vendetta by Greenley,  and that the allegation was irrelevant to the case, AP reported.  Greenley is no longer the U.S. Attorney.

Neilson claims the U.S. Attorney came after him after he criticized the office for investigating a number of residents with Middle Eastern names.

Justice Dept. Wants to Bar Indicted Miss. FBI Agent From Alleging U.S. Attorney Had a Vendetta

Mississippi Road SignBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is asking a federal judge in Mississippi to stop defense attorneys for an indicted FBI agent from alleging that the charges stem from a vendetta from the former U.S. Attorney, the Associated Press reported.

The agent, Hal Neilson, was indicted in January for allegedly failing to disclose his ownership of an Oxford, Miss. office which he headed up, and then lying about it. Trial is set for Nov. 8 in Aberdeen, Miss.

AP reports that the government in a motion asked that the judge bar Neilson from alleging that the indictment is the result of a vendetta by Jim Greenlee, who was U.S. attorney at the time the charges were filed.

Prosecutors argued Neilson should bring that claim up with the judge, not the jury, AP reported.

Neilson has alleged that the the U.S. Attorney came after him after he criticized investigations into nearly 150 north Mississippi residents of Middle Eastern origin and questioned a probe of a beef plant.