Several conservatives seized on the Amber Alert system website’s downtime over the weekend to criticize the Obama administration’s handling of the government shutdown.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice, Brian Fallon, debunked the rumor Monday. Amber Alerts were still issued over the weekend by individual states and counties even though the system’s website was down, according to Fallon.
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) October 7, 2013
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) October 7, 2013
— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) October 7, 2013
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 6, 2013
The website outage was also featured prominently Monday on the front page of the Drudge Report:
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