Photo Credit: Steel Steve
November 11, 2008
Have I ever told you I met a canadian spy? I did. And a handsome one too; tall, silver hair, steely blue eyes. It was many years ago. I was working for the Canada Employment Centre for Students during university and we received in error a fax from Hawaii with details of US military personnel itineraries. The cover sheet looked something like the Stealth. High drama in the office when we received it, let me tell you! In any case, said spy came in and crisply asked us to turn over the documents, and that was that. *le sigh*.
More seriously, some factoids about the Cdn budget and military/defense tax dollar expenditures:
Since my encounter, the budget for CSIS has more than doubled: $356 Million for 2008.
N00b spies on probation (which takes 5 years) start out with a salary in the mid 50Ks and move up to the 70K range.
In 2006, we injected $5.3 Billion into the Department of National Defence as part of the Canada First Defence Strategy.
$6 Million has been allocated towards enhanced drivers’ licences. This particular one is seriously concerning, folks – sounds innocuous, enhanced, but what it means is biometric data about you will be embedded into your driver’s licenses. We will be required to swipe these, for instance, every time we cross the border, starting 2009. This means the US is collecting very intimate information about you and storing it …well, who knows where or how securely?