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, among other things. 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 in fact endangered the country and its population.[citation needed]





  • The fictional character Peter LaNague in the novel An Enemy of the State (The LaNague Federation, Book 1) by F. Paul Wilson.[12]
  • The fictional character Emmanuel Goldstein in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
  • In Resident Evil: Damnation, special agent Leon S. Kennedy is accused of being an enemy of the state by President of the Eastern Slav Republic Svetlana Belikova who orders her guards to kill him right after she briefly spars in one-on-one combat with him.[13]
  • The six main characters in Final Fantasy XIII are branded as enemies of the state following the destruction of Cocoon; the main events of the game revolve around them trying to survive and hopefully clear their names.
  • Tali'Zorah is accused of treason during her personal quest in Mass Effect 2.
  • In the NCIS: New Orleans episode "Breaking Brig", the team hunt down a suspect known as "Matt S. O'Feeney", which was an anagram for eneMy OF State.[14] The suspect was a dangerous man wanted by NCIS and Interpol for illegal arms dealing and other criminal activities.

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  2. ^ Magill, Frank N., ed. (2013). The Ancient World: Dictionary of World Biography. Vol. 1. Routledge. p. 1209. ISBN 978-1-135-45740-2. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Enemies of the State". Holocaust Encyclopedia. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  4. ^ Dorling, Philip (27 September 2012). "US calls Assange 'enemy of state'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  5. ^ Tate, Julie; Londoño, Ernesto (29 July 2013). "Judge finds Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, guilty of espionage". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  6. ^ Gellman, Barton; Markon, Jerry (9 June 2013). "Edward Snowden says motive behind leaks was to expose 'surveillance state'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
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  8. ^ "Rights defenders increasingly branded "enemies of the state" over development projects, UN expert warns". Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  9. ^ Cross, Daile; Hondros, Nathan (31 July 2020). "'I think he's the enemy of Australia': McGowan ramps up war of words with Palmer on WA border battle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  10. ^ Raimondo, Justin (2000). An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-61592-239-3.
  11. ^ Lueders, Bill (1996). An Enemy of the State: The Life of Erwin Knoll. Common Courage Press. ISBN 1-56751-098-1.
  12. ^ Wilson, F. Paul (2005). An Enemy of the State (The LaNague Federation, Book 1). Infrapress. ISBN 0-9766544-2-3.
  13. ^ Resident Evil: Damnation (2012) - B.O.W. Lab Attack Scene (6/10). Movieclips. 7 February 2020. Event occurs at 0:44. Retrieved 30 July 2021 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Elizabeth, Stormy (8 October 2014). "'NCIS: New Orleans' "Breaking Brigg" [sic] Recap: Season 1 Episode 3". Celeb Dirty Laundry. Retrieved 4 August 2021.