Justice Department Restores Informational Amber Alert Site, Down During Shutdown


The website for the missing child alert system Amber Alert is back up and running after conservatives called attention to its being down over the weekend, reports Politico. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson said the Amber Alert system itself was never down, with two alerts issued over the weekend, and said the “informational” site had been restored to prevent confusion.

The website amberalert.gov was redirecting visitors to a Department of Justice site that read, “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable.” A number of media organizations and conservatives picked up on the message, accusing President Barack Obama of using the government shutdown to pick and choose what pain to inflict.

Comments are closed.