You can’t get much more prominent representatives of what might be referred to with that now laughably undergraduate term “US imperialism” than that nation’s labyrinthine security apparatus, and that nation’s corporate media-led “intellectual property” industry. The two arms of US corporate power as projected internationally – military and cultural – that can and do steamroller over almost anything that gets in their way.
And, apart from the terrorists, there are probably few entities higher up in their list of hated targets than the present bane of the US military, Wikileaks, and the present bane of the copyright profiteers and their representatives in the US State Department, the internet pirates and their representatives in the Swedish Pirate Party. To some extent, they probably loathe them more, because unlike the terrorists, they are directly challenging the corruption of those systems and, also unlike the terrorists, they don’t actually pose any kind of threat to ordinary people. It’s them against the corporate world, them against the “military industrial complex”, and many ordinary Americans sympathise with them.
Public enemy #2: Why should the US public know when their own soldiers are so badly supported that they’re shooting civilians?
Which is why it’s kind of heartening to see Wikileaks and the Swedish Pirate Party joining forces. Those who would release undeserved and dangerous secrets for public scrutiny to be sheltered by those who would demolish undeserved and destructive content monopolies. The people who fight for Americans’ right to know, finding allies in the people who fight for Americans’ right to regain access to their own culture. Campaigners for the rights of ordinary people against those who would deceive and control them.
Public enemy #3: Scraggly young people contradicting the beautifully self-serving copyright system the corporate world has bought and paid for from the US Congress, to enforce its total control for ridiculous periods of time over almost all the world’s cultural output.
I’m sure there’d be some in America who’d view this as villains flocking together – a slightly smaller and non-violent Axis of Evil – but there are many more, I suspect, who would see it as something noble, and inspiring.