Such power would be an important step toward discouraging these costly crimes, without giving up the goal of encouraging legitimate international commerce. After all, trade between countries is enriching, and the American people benefit from the ability to buy and sell products worldwide. However, Americans deserve to have their property rights – including their intellectual property rights – protected. Just as our government wouldn't tolerate the seizure of ships transporting our goods to market, it shouldn't tolerate theft that occurs in cyberspace.
Americans may enjoy a good spy story, but the saga of adversaries draining intellectual property from American companies is one that needs to come to an end.