FBI Plane Spies On Bloomington, Indiana: Peace Groups, Muslims and International Students Are Likely Targeted

March 05, 2003

Yesterday we reported that the FBI has been secretly flying a high-tech spy plane to monitor residents of the city of Bloomington and neighboring communities in Indiana. The flights began over two weeks ago.

The FBI is claiming this surveillance is routine. An agent told an Indiana University newspaper, "This one just happened to make the light of day because a plane flew too low."

Two FBI agents also told the Associated Press they are not aware of any threat to the region, but confirmed the FBI was watching many international students who might have connections to terrorists. One local Muslim leader said the planes were targeting area mosques.

Well we have since learned that the FBI plane has also been hovering over a weekly anti-war protest in Bloomington. Here’s what some Bloomington residents had to say about the FBI’s aerial surveillance.

  • Jeff Melton, professor at Ivy Tech in Bloomington who saw the FBI plane at last week’s peace vigil.
  • Amr Sabry, president of the Islamic Center of Bloomington and associate professor at Indiana University.