Its not strange really, its exactly as they want it. The US government claims that the constitution doesn't apply, even to American citizens, at border crossings, so they can do whatever they like: steal your electronics, detain you indefinitely, etc. By those standards the UK is positively liberal. Of course that's not saying much.
The Magna Carta protections that have existed for 600 years no longer apply in cases of "terrorism", which as we have seen, means anything the government wants it to.
In the US, even file sharing is being folded into the terrorism "laws". Peace protesters, anti-corruption protesters, environmentalists and now file sharers are deemed potential terrorists. The law no longer exists if you go against the state. The abuses keep getting worse, like a slow drip, and things that a few years ago would've shocked the public are now done as a matter of course. I am not eager to see where we will be 5 years from now.