Plane flying over Dearborn linked to FBI surveillance program


By: Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Records show a small plane linked to an FBI surveillance program has flown several times over the Detroit area, including two flights last weekend.

The plane is among those that routinely orbit major U.S. cities and rural areas. The Associated Press found more than 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period last spring, with more flights since then.

Data reviewed by The Detroit News shows flights over Dearborn, a Detroit suburb that has large Arab and Muslim populations, with the plane flying in slow-speed orbits.

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI says it’s not conducting “mass surveillance” or targeting “specific communities.” It didn’t give reasons for the Dearborn flights.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to file a complaint.