Enemy of the state

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An enemy of the state is a person accused of certain crimes against the state, such as treason. Describing individuals in this way is sometimes a manifestation of political repression. For example, an authoritarian regime may purport to maintain national security by describing social or political dissidents as "enemies of the state". In other cases, the individual in question may have legitimately endangered the country and/or its population. For example, a double agent selling military or intelligence secrets could undermine a nation's security, and could therefore be considered an enemy not of just a person or entity within a state, but the state itself and all entities therein.[citation needed]





  • The fictional character Peter LaNague in the novel An Enemy of the State (The LaNague Federation, Book 1) by F. Paul Wilson.[9]
  • The fictional character Emmanuel Goldstein in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
  • In Resident Evil 6, Leon Kennedy is accused of being an enemy of the state by Svetlana Belikova, President of the Eastern Slav Republic, and orders her guards to attack him right after she briefly spars in one on one combat with the American.[10]
  • The six main characters in Final Fantasy XIII are branded enemies of the state and the events of the game revolve around them trying to survive.
  • Tali'Zorah is accused of treason during her personal quest in Mass Effect 2.
  • In the TV series NCIS: New Orleans, the team hunt down a suspect known as "Matt S. O'Feeney", which was an anagram for enemy of the state. The suspect was a dangerous man wanted by NCIS and Interpol for illegal arms dealing and other criminal activities.

See also


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  2. Frank N. Magill (15 April 2013). The Ancient World: Dictionary of World Biography. Routledge. pp. 1209–. ISBN 978-1-135-45740-2. Retrieved 9 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Dorling, Philip. "US calls Assange 'enemy of state'", The Sydney Morning Herald. September 27, 2012.
  4. Gellman, Barton; Markon, Jerry (June 9, 2013). "Edward Snowden says motive behind leaks was to expose 'surveillance state'". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. *Bea Edwards, American Whistleblowers in Prison and in Exile, Huffington Post, August 1, 2013.
  6. "Rights defenders increasingly branded "enemies of the State" over development projects, UN expert warns". UN Human Rights. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Justin Raimondo, An Enemy of the State:The Life of Murray N. Rothbard, Prometheus Books, 2000, ISBN 1615922393
  8. Bill Lueders, An Enemy of the State: The Life of Erwin Knoll, Common Courage Press, 1996, ISBN 1567510981
  9. F. Paul Wilson, An Enemy of the State (The LaNague Federation, Book 1), Infrapress, 2005, ISBN 0976654423
  10. Clip from Resident Evil 6, on YouTube.