"Have you ever heard of The Council?"
- - Alan Smithee to Commander Colin Byrne , S02Ep01 "Prophet"
The Council is a secret organization that controlled the United States of America in the mid 1990s. They have been with mankind since then, seeing it's development and creating the avenues and situations to develop humanity into each and every phase it deems worthy of it. They associate their actions by following precedence catered by the Legacy and have their interest deeply seeded in circumventing the possibility that mankind will meet it's end. Their influence has spread beyond the confines of the Federation and their membership elite are comprised of secret individuals from a number of known and unknown species.