Everyone talks about how Canada is such a “chill” or “cool” country.

We are laid back. We don’t make a fuss about anything. We aren’t wound tight like our neighbors in the States. The United States of America, the trigger happy freedom fighters of the world, think that they have a handle on what is happening in the world. They assume that they are in control or have a handle on the issues with their different government institutions. They have the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and another dozen letter groups doing everything that they can to protect and fight whatever enemy they chose.

The problem is they aren’t effective. These agencies don’t get the job done. Everyone knows about them. Everyone knows what to look for, or who to look for. This is largely because of Hollywood and the, unfortunately, accurate portrayal of its inner workings. And with these portrayals come the reality of how inept and ill-suited to the world issues these agencies are. The FBI, CIA, or NSA aren’t actually doing anything productive. They aren’t policing a single thing.

The people that actually are policing the world are the “chill” and “cool” ones.

You wouldn’t think that because of Canada’s “maxing and relaxing” attitude and our over apologetic nature, but you’d be wrong. And while we may have an attractive Prime Minister as of 2016, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t cold, violent, or ruthless as well.

Before you start arguing that Canada does have a government agency and the world knows about it, let me clarify. And while I do that, let me darken the waters and let you in on the secret that the world doesn’t know.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Services, or CSIS, is our national agency that operates the same way as the FBI and CIA do in America. They gather the intelligence to protect Canada from threats, both domestic and foreign. This is what the Canadian public is told. CSIS is the face of what actually goes on. CSIS may take the praise and attention when things go right or wrong, but they are simply a puppet played by a master in the shadow.

In 2008, a new government-funded building was being erected adjacent to the CSIS headquarters. At the time, it was called another federal agencies future office complex, but for those in the know, it would become the headquarters of the most secret Canadian intelligence agency. The most powerful and influential agency on the planet, now hiding in plain sight.

You would be making a grave error if you think that was the birth of this secret organizations. Yes, they got a building in 2008, and the Canadian public became aware that there was more going on behind the scenes than they knew, but 2008 was not the birth year.

It all started with one man and a wild idea, in 1867.

Canada had just become a country. The modern borders and provinces didn’t exist, and won’t for another hundred years. So much was free to be explored and dominated. As Andrew W. Whitford looked towards the untamed east, his mind continually rolled over one single thought.

“I want to master this land.”

Whitford didn’t share that thought with anyone at the time, not until he named a successor in 1914. But he continually worked and built his secret agency upon that notion; mastery.

He had picked his words wisely. Whitford did not want to rule the land, as Sir John A. McDonald was doing. Whitford was not a political man. He did not want to own the land, as the Hudson’s Bay Company had done in the past. Whitford was a middle-class business man, successful to be sure, but by no means had the capital to start buying large tracks of land.

He would master the land, and without political power or money, but through the only route left to him; information. He would be the hub of intelligence in this new country. With that power, he could move and control the political powers anyway he saw fit. With that knowledge, he could transfer and shift money from one place to another if he so desired. This would be the way that he would master this land.
Some historic accounts say that Whitford stood on the edge of town, night after night, staring at the sunset. His family insists that he loved the colors and that it was therapeutic after his long days at work, but his closest “work” friends said otherwise. They said that he was looking towards his future, not in the light, but the coming eclipse of darkness.

It was in this darkness that Whitford would create the most powerful and influential secret government agency, The Canadian Information Network.

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