Detroit-area Muslims unnerved by FBI surveillance plane circling above


In what advocates say could be a case of religious profiling taken to new altitude, the FBI repeatedly flew a spy plane in the last week over Dearborn, Mich., a city with one of the highest populations of Muslims in the U.S.

First reported by the Detroit News, the plane flew in a tight circle Saturday and Sunday nights around the Detroit suburb, which has the highest percentage of Arab-American residents in the country, according to data from the flight-tracking website

It’s part of an FBI fleet of more than 50 small planes that are equipped with high-powered video cameras and, sometimes, cellphone tracking devices. The program, which was revealed by the Associated Press in June, has raised questions from civil rights advocates.

Like other planes operated by the FBI, the Cessna that buzzed over Dearborn is registered to a fake corporation, OTV Leasing. It circled the town more than a dozen times at…

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