In a memorandum by District Judge John Gleeson regarding the case against Agron Hasbajrami, Gleeson admitted that the NSA program “PRISM” exists.
Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and resident of Brooklyn, was arrested on September 6, 2011 and charged with three counts of attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He attempted to suppress the evidence obtained as a result of an investigation by the FBI’s JJTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force). Gleeson denied this motion to suppress and wrote a memorandum explaining his decision.
The investigation by the JJTF revealed that from August 2, 2011 to August 28, 2011, Hasbajrami exchanged emails with an individual he believed to be associated with a terrorist organization. He sent money to the individual to fund terrorist operations in support of the organization. He also attempted to travel to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), a tribal region in north-western Pakistan, to join the terrorist organization. At the John F. Kennedy International Airport, Hasbajrami was apprehended by JJTF agents right before he was to board a flight to Turkey to get to Pakistan. In Hasbajrami’s luggage was a tent, boots, and cold-weather gear.
After Hasbajrami was arraigned, the government divulged how