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Muslim Group Demands Documents on Joint U.S.-Canada Terror Watch List

HeadlineJul 19, 2018
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Muslim groups are condemning the U.S. and Canadian governments over a secretive terrorism watch list the two countries operate, saying innocent travelers have been stopped and interrogated, and have had visas revoked, after being falsely accused of ties to terror groups. Last month, The Guardian reported that the program—”Tip-Off U.S./Canada,” or “TUSCAN”—began in 1997 but was expanded in 2016 under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The group Muslim Advocates has filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding U.S. documents on TUSCAN, warning it could be part of a broader effort by President Trump to fulfill a campaign promise to create a registry of Muslims living in the U.S. In a statement, Muslim Advocates staff attorney Matthew Callahan said, “The inaccuracy of the United States’ terrorist lists is well-documented, and their potential for misuse is compounded by President Trump’s racially charged agenda. To then share this misinformation with another country is irresponsible and dangerous.”

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