I have to admit that I’m not one of those who gets outraged over things such as national parks or monuments being shut down. Don’t get me wrong – I understand their importance – but it’s not high on my list of “essential government functions” that should be immune to a shutdown.
When AMBERAlert.gov is on the list of websites that the Obama administration wants to use to leverage for political purposes, they’ve gone too far.
There are those who would blame Congress for the shutdown and they might be right. However, the ultimate decision on what gets shut down and what stays open is ultimately the choice of the executive branch. Case in point – they decided to keep Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” website up instead of the AMBER Alert website.
AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert is a child abduction alert system that, despite the acronym, was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old who was abducted and murdered.
The secondary .com site is still active, but if people use Google to search for “Amber Alert”, it’s the shut down .gov site that appears at the top. This is the most common method that people would use to get to the website if they are looking for information about abducted children.