Four top officials of the Bush administration today (Oct. 4) announced an initiative to crack down on the global theft of U.S. intellectual property.

Four top officials of the Bush administration today (Oct. 4) announced an initiative to crack down on the global theft of U.S. intellectual property.

Speaking at a media gathering in Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans was joined by United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Zoellick, Attorney General John Ashcroft of the Department of Justice and Homeland Security Under-Secretary Asa Hutchinson in announcing the effort, called "Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy" (STOP).