To suppress the threat of piracy on the high seas, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Piracy Suppression Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. ACT OF PIRACY.
Section 4297 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (33 U.S.C. 385) is amended by striking so much as precedes the text and inserting the following:
``SEC. 4297. PENALTY FOR PIRACY; SEIZURE AND CONDEMNATION OF VESSELS.
``(a) Penalty for Piracy.-- ``(1) Crime.--Whoever commits an act of piracy shall be punished by death or imprisoned for life. ``(2) Act of piracy defined.--In this subsection the term `act of piracy' means-- ``(A) any illegal act of violence, detention, or depredation that is committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private vessel and directed against a vessel, person, or property on the high seas or in any other place outside the jurisdiction of any State; or ``(B) inciting or facilitating an act of piracy, as defined in subparagraph (A); and ``(C) any act of voluntary participation in the operation of a vessel with knowledge of facts making it a pirate ship. ``(b) Seizure and Condemnation of Vessels Fitted Out for Piracy.-- ''.
SEC. 3. REIMBURSEMENT FOR ACTIONS TAKEN TO PROTECT FOREIGN-FLAGGED VESSELS FROM PIRACY.
(a) In General.--Chapter 20 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:...