This is what you get when you go to http://amberalert.gov/:
For those unaware, the cache of the above site gives the following description of the AMBER Alert system:
The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.
…unless, of course, there’s a government shutdown and the President doesn’t want to admit that the House of Representatives has control over the purse strings. Then I guess it’s hope that the kids come back on their own, like pets or something; either way, the Feds are just going to be over there, washing their hands of the whole situation.
The mind reels at these people.
PS: As noted here, via this program the Department of Justice is supposed to coordinate on a national level the various programs used in all of the states (and DC). This means that – thank God – states can still put the word out on abduction cases; unfortunately, this boneheaded decision is likely to degrade national coordination methods. Besides, I personally think that keeping that program operating at peak efficiency is just a little more important than soothing Barack Obama’s and Harry Reid’s wounded egos.