Russia has approved an expanded and vaguely-worded law that targets "treason:"
It is hard not to think of this law as being the next and most logical step in the wake of a worldwide governmental embrace of the word "terrorism."Under the new law, anyone possessing information deemed secret - whether a politician, a journalist, an environmentalist or a union leader - could potentially be jailed for up to 20 years for espionage.
Other western governments may bridle and snicker at the Russian heavy-handedness:
"We're way kooler than that!"
What they neglect, however, is a careful look in the "terrorist" mirror.