We all know that after 9/11 the Patriot act was constructed to give the U.S.A. more power in combatting Islamic terrorists (the war on terror).
After the fire in the Reichstag in Nazi Germany, the Enabling act ensued which was meant to give Hitler more power to fight (arrest, torture, kill) the communists who were seen as terrorists.
In the U.S.A. too, people could be arrested more easily (especially those who had an Arabic appearance), were tortured (Guantanamo Bay) and killed in faraway lands (think of Afghanistan).
I know a question comparing the U.S.A. and Nazi Germany lies very sensitive but I really can't see any difference in changing the law and using the change for political reasons.
Many people though believe the Nazis put the building themselves on fire, as many people nowadays believe that the 9/11 terrorist attack was a U.S.A. government conspiracy. The F.B.I. knew already four days before the attack what was going to happen. And what to think about W.T.C. number seven? Etc.
Can we say these two situations stand on equal footing? I mean, in both cases the law was changed to get rid, in an easy and authoritarian way, of the so-called terrorists (in these cases, communist and Muslim extremists). New politics ensued. But was the law changed in the same way in both examples?