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Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill
    #1518118 - 05/03/03 08:46 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usambe013262178may01,0,2698555.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

May 1, 2003


Washington - News of missing children will speed to the public over radio, TV and electronic highway signs in more states under the Amber Alert legislation signed yesterday by President George W. Bush.

Already operating in 41 states, including New York, such networks quickly distribute information about kidnapped children and their abductors.

"It is important to expand the Amber Alert systems so police and sheriff departments gain thousands or even millions of allies in the search for missing children," Bush said at a bill-signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

"Every person who would think of abducting a child can know that a wide net will be cast," he said. "They may be found by a police cruiser or by the car right next to them on a highway. These criminals can know that any driver they pass could be the one that spots them and brings them to justice."

Watching Bush sign the measure, which also includes stiffer federal penalties for crimes against children, was a tearful experience for the mother of the bill's namesake, 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped in 1996 and never came home.

It was a happier day for 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart, a teen from Salt Lake City who was making her first public appearance since being found in March, nine months after she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. Smart smiled shyly and offered no words.

Her parents, Ed and Lois Smart, fought hard for the legislation, which provides matching grants to states and communities for equipment and training to expand alert systems across America.

Tears rolled down the face of Amber's mother, Donna Norris, as Bush spoke of signing the legislation in memory of her daughter. "It's a chance to save other children's lives and I'm proud of it," she said.

At the urging of Republicans in Congress, the new law strengthens federal criminal penalties for child pornographers, sexual abusers and kidnappers. It allows for background checks for people who work with children and makes "virtual" child pornography - a practice pedophiles used on the Internet - illegal.

Democrats argued that restricting federal judges' ability to reduce sentences for such crimes against children should have been more thoroughly debated, but the bill passed with broad bipartisan support: 400-25 in the House and 98-0 in the Senate.


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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: motaman]
    #1518271 - 05/03/03 10:13 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

:crazy: how does this story relate to mushrooms? 


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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #1519173 - 05/04/03 12:06 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

About as much as the one about the climber cutting off his own arm... but at least this one is good news.


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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #1519194 - 05/04/03 12:29 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)



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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: Shdwstr]
    #1519565 - 05/04/03 03:43 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Isn't this bill full of hidden agenda's?


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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: Adom]
    #1519650 - 05/04/03 04:35 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

It has the RAVE act hidden inside it. The one where if someone is caught on the premis of a club, music venue, restaurant, anywhere really, the owner of the venue is subject to jail time or a fine of $50,000.

You can amagine what this can do to some important music scenes. Like Phish and Dead shows, not justs raves. Pretty much at any music concert there is somebody using drugs. This could kill america's culture.


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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: Adom]
    #1519810 - 05/04/03 06:22 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Yes... The Amber alert was initially to protect children, it now reads as a drug enforcement issue and has lost sight of its original intent.

The original intent was a good thing.


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Re: Bush Signs Amber Alert Bill [Re: motaman]
    #1520092 - 05/04/03 08:21 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)



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