Yesterday, I wrote about how the government had apparently declared the safe recovery of missing children as “non-essential” with the shuttering of the AMBER Alert website.
Now it turns out that they are breaking their own rules in regards to what is essential and vital during a government shutdown. According to the U.S. Department of Justice FY 2014 Contingency Plan, one of the categories of activities that will continue is:
5. Those related to ‘emergencies involving the safety of human life of the protection of property,’ i.e., where there is a reasonable likelihood that the safety of human life or the protection of property would be compromised, in some significant degree, by delay in the performance of the function in question.
A total of 656 children have been rescued as a result of the AMBER Alert program, including children who have been kidnapped by non-custodial parents and by complete strangers. Clearly, shuttering amberalert.gov is an action that could potentially compromise the safety of human life.
UPDATE: Bad news, potential kidnappers! Amberalert.gov is back up and running.
I believe this tweet sums things up nicely:
So http://t.co/6L6jBdnqNP is back up. It's almost like taking it down was completely unnecessary..— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 7, 2013