The Reichstag fire was a false flag operation conducted by the National Socialist party in Germany weeks after German Chancellor Adolf Hitler's ascension to power. The purpose of the operation was to blame the enemies of national socialism and empower the new regime with enabling legislation to stomp out its enemies and further restrict constitutional and human rights.
Within days, the Enabling Act was passed.
|"Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications; and warrants for house searchers, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed."|
- Hans Gisevius, To The Bitter End 
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Book Two, "Triumph and Consolidation." William Shirer