Using terrorist list to label white supremacists risks repeating errors of 9/11 era, civil rights groups say

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Relying on same process that targeted Muslims after 9/11 won’t solve problem of extremism, say advocates Hasan Alam was a university student in Burnaby, B.C., when he experienced what it felt like to be singled out by Canada’s security intelligence agency because of his religion and affiliation with a student club. Now, the Vancouver lawyer is among civil liberties advocates who are urging the Canadian government to find a more transparent way of tackling white supremacy and neo-fascism after 13 groups — including the Proud Boys — were designated terrorist entities last week and added to a list where the majority of entries are Islamist extremist groups such as al-Qaeda.