The informational website for the Department of Justice’s Amber Alert program is offline due to the government shutdown – but the system itself is up and running.
News organizations have been inaccurately reporting that there are no means of disseminating crucial information about missing children. AmberAlerts.gov and all the websites that the Office of Justice maintains currently read, “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs website is unavailable.”
A DOJ spokesperson explained to The Huffington Post that some government websites were taken down as a safety precaution.
“All the sites that had to go offline were put behind a firewall so that they couldn’t be hacked while the IT people were on furlough.”
But important sites like M. Obama’s website are kept up:
This is unbelievable. The Obama administration has shut down the Amber Alert website because of the government shutdown and it now renders this message when you attempt to access it:
I’m sure you care about your lost child but Obama doesn’t – at least not while he’s trying to ‘win’ the government shutdown. I understand from twitter that Amber alerts are state level programs with a federal website. Not real sure how all that works but it just seems unfathomable that this website wouldn’t qualify under ‘essential’, especially when most of the government is still operating.
No, this is just Obama putting politics ahead of you finding your lost child. Despicable.
UPDATE: Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move website works just fine.