Does this sound familiar America?

Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State

On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:

§ 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom [ habeas corpus ], freedom of opinion, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications, and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

It’s the Reichstag Fire Decree, which was thrown together by Göring the day after the… uh… ‘convenient’ fire at the Reichstag on February 27 1933. Less than a month later the Enabling Act was passed by parliament, giving the Nazis dictatorial powers over Germany.

The new Democrat congress looks likely to ignore the Bush administration’s attempt to legalise it’s formerly secret – and very illegal – warrantless wiretapping regime, but there’s a lot of pretty nasty stuff left to undo yet.

I just hope the Democrats don’t screw up this next two years. They’re very much the other side of the Republican coin, I don’t have a whole lot of faith in them. America is a long way off the country I wanted so much to visit only a few years ago.