Revelations by the Guardian that the Trudeau government is quietly expanding its use of an American anti-terrorism database have critics worried about Canadian sovereignty, privacy and civil liberties
In 2005, Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian professor studying for a PhD in architecture in the US, was arrested in San Francisco while trying to board a plane. She was interrogated about ties to a terrorist group, her student visa was revoked, and her daughter, an American citizen, was forbidden to fly into the US.
After the ordeal, Ibrahim successfully sued to have her name removed from the US no-fly list, one of the first person in America to do so. But her Orwellian nightmare wasn’t over. It turned out that the FBI had also added her to a security screening list called Tuscan, which is shared with the Canadian government, and it wasn’t until 2014 that she finally had her name scrubbed from that.