BERLIN, Feb. 28, 1933 (UP) - President Paul von Hindenburg signed a decree tonight completely disbanding all constitutional safeguards for freedom of the press, speech and assembly.
The decree completely disbands all constitutional safeguards for freedom of the press, speech and assembly. Postal and telegraphic privacy was abolished and the death penalty established for a long series of offenses, including assaults on the President or members of Cabinet.
The restrictions are to last "until Communism no longer is a menace."
Constitutional guarantees of freedom, privacy and inviolability of property against confiscation are abolished. The Reich is empowered to take over federal States.
Among penalties for which the death penalty can be imposed are high treason, poisoning, arson, attacks on railroads, possessing arms while opposing forces of the state and kidnapping.