What happened in Hawaii over this weekend when an alert went out across the whole island state that a ballistic missile was incoming? This is a news blurb report, where we highlight multiple news sources, excerpting from their articles, to give you a sense of the raw facts, as well as the particular slants the news outlets are taking.
What really happened in Hawaii is a question that we will be considering over the next few days, and one we will probably be discussing in the iPonder segment of iSDaily Tuesday, tomorrow, January 16th. For now, here is a representation of the media’s coverage of the Hawaii False(?) alarm along with a couple of conspiracy theories now emeging.
At first, the narrative was this was a simple mistake:
|Hawaii panics after inbound missile alert goes off in error|
A ballistic missile warning system alert in Hawaii went off erroneously on Sunday creating panic among the islanders, even as the officials dubbed it a “false alarm.”
At around 8.07 am local Hawaii time, an emergency alert was sent to all cell phones in caps. “Ballistic missile threat inbounds to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
About 10 minutes later, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that there was no such threat. “No missile threat to Hawaii,” it said. The second emergency alert went out at 8:45 am.
“There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm,” it said.
US Pacific Command in a separate statement said it detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. “Earlier message was sent in error, it said.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the state of Hawaii’s emergency management exercise. “It was purely a State exercise,” she said.
Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said the people of Hawaii “just got a sense of the stark reality of what a nuclear strike on Hawaii would be.”
Cell phones all across Hawaii got a message saying a ballistic missile is incoming, take shelter, she added.
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Efforts to show the “authorities” were trying to reassure people that everything was ok also were taken:
|As missile warning brought chaos, police dispatch tried to relay that ‘it’s only a drill.’|
Police dispatchers in Hawaii figured out within five minutes that an incoming ballistic missile alert Saturday was a false alarm, but 911 audio recordings show authorities continued to struggle with what to do to calm panicked residents seeking safe cover.
It took 38 minutes for a second alert confirming that there was no imminent attack to be sent. Recordings obtained by the Bay Area News Group show the confusion officers on the street and dispatchers confronted in the meantime.
“Somebody,” one officer said amid the haunting episode, “should get fired.”
According to the police audio, officers seemed to immediately question the legitimacy of an alert sent about 8:07 a.m. warning that a missile was headed to the island chain and that “THIS IS NOT A DRILL”. The public, however, did not.
One minute after the first message went out, one Honolulu police officer told the dispatch center that we was getting flagged down by people on the street asking where to find the nearest bomb shelter.
Officers then told dispatchers that media stations were broadcasting news of the incoming missiles
For the next four minutes, no word came down that the alert was false. Then, at about 8:12 a.m., came the report that it was a drill.
Read More at Mercury News
You can listen to some of the chilling 911 calls here to get a sense of the sheer terror this false warning caused:
|Listen to Hawaii ballistic missile scare 911 audio|
Here is an eyewitness account from a Hawaii resident:
|Darwin man tells of incoming ballistic missile shock after receiving false warning in Hawaii|
Darwin cinematographer-director Simon Manzie has told of his shock of receiving the alert in Hawaii warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack.
Mr Manzie is the co-founder of Global Headquarters and the son of former CLP Minister and Territory FM radio announcer Daryl Manzie.
“Fairly alarming when you receive a text saying ‘Ballistic middle threat inbound to Hawaii seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill’,” Simon Manzie wrote on his Facebook.
He said it took a good 10 minutes before authorities confirmed it was a mistake.
During that time the alert caused widespread panic among residents who scrambled in terror to find shelter. Those who could not get to a bomb shelter were advised to get indoors and lie face down.
Mr Manzie’s mother Maureen summed it up with her Facebook post to her son “Bet it put the wind up you.”
Read More at The Daily Telegraph
10 minutes of terror produced what many believed was a terrible choice, to save their children and face their own deaths:
|VIRAL VIDEO: Kids Placed In Storm Drain Over Hawaii Fake Missile Threat|
Below is footage posted by a few sources, including We The People Magazine, and recirculated by several news outlets that purportedly shows children being ushered into a storm drain for protection against the fake news missile:
— We The People (@WTPMagazine) January 14, 2018
— We The People (@WTPMagazine) January 14, 2018
The terrifying message issued Saturday to all cell phones declared, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
The follow-up message explaining that there was actually no threat or danger came almost 40 minutes later. The panic-inducing error, explained Hawaii Governor David Ige, was simply a state emergency management employee accidentally pushing the wrong button during a routine drill conducted three times a day during shift changes.
“We did make the determination that it was a false alarm. The alarm was sent out in error, and we know that the procedure in a shift change had been followed, and a human error sent out the false alarm,” Ige told Hawaii News Now. “We then went through our process to correct that and send out a notification that the alert was in error.”
Ige offered an apology to residents, calling the mistake “totally unacceptable.”
“Today is a day that most of us will never forget, a day that many in our community thought our worst nightmares might actually be happening, a day when many frantically tried to think about the things they would do if a ballistic missile launch would happen,” said Ige. “I know firsthand that what happened today was totally unacceptable and many in our community were deeply affected by this and I’m sorry for that pain and confusion anyone might have experienced. I’m too very angry and disappointed this happened.”
Read More at The Daily Wire
First, it was just the “wrong button” –
|‘Wrong Button’ Sent False Missile Alert to Hawaii|
Then, it was a test gone wrong:
|Hawaii missile alert test goes wrong, terrifies the state|
The FCC tried to offer some cover, attempting to assuage the victims of this false warning that they were on top of this and would fix the problem:
|FCC chairman: Hawaii lacked ‘reasonable safeguards’ in false alarm incident|
Some people are using this false warning as an opportunity to attack Trump, accusing him on one hand of being the reason for the scare in the first place, due to his rhetoric directed at North Korea, and on the other hand of simply being an absentee President:
|Trump Golfed Through The Hawaii Missile Alert & Twitter Is Furious|
Rising Dem star, Tulsi Gabbard, hints at another narrative emerging, the anit-North Korea one. In her case, she took a softer approach, saying the false alert heightens the urgency to resolve the North Korea problem through negotiations, but others are calling for war against North Korea to end the threat altogether.
|Gabbard: ‘Unacceptable’ false alarm missile warning in Hawaii underscores need for talks with North Korea|
Gabbard said she wants Trump to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally.
“I’ve been calling on President Trump to directly negotiate with North Korea, to sit across the table from Kim Jong Un,” Gabbard said, adding that the talks should “happen without preconditions.”
She said forcing the precondition that North Korea relinquish its nuclear program would be unlikely and self-defeating, adding that the US must recognize Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons development is informed by decades of US attempts to overthrow foreign governments.
“They see it as the only deterrent against the US coming in an overthrowing their regime there,” Gabbard said.
Trump has dismissed attempts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to deescalate the situation through direct talks, and last month the White House reined in Tillerson’s offer to start talks without preconditions. Trump has insulted Kim as “Rocket Man” on Twitter and in a speech before the United Nations, and he has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury.”
Kim has insulted Trump and threatened to attack the United States as his country continues to develop and test nuclear weapons and missile systems.
Read More at CNN
In the CNN report, you can see the narrative they are running with, that Trump’s unstable responses to North Korea are the underlying cause for the fear triggered by the false alert. I doubt very much that were this false alarm sent under Barack Obama’s “watch” that somehow the Hawaiians would feel any less afraid than they did during this terrible 9 to 38 minutes.
The theories around this false alert include:
This is a Deep State attempt to further undermine Trump by calling into question his stability in handling a dangerous foreign policy issue like North Korea. They want to push the narrative that Trump must be gotten rid of or else we will face nuclear annihilation.
There was an actual missile attack that was averted and the government does not want you to know how close people came to actually being killed by a nuclear strike.
This was an experiment to determine how people would react during a crisis that offered no hope of survival.
This is an ongoing experiment to see how a whole group of people might be affected by a shared mass near death experience.
One theory that is hardly being given any credence is the notion that, with the touch of a button, a low-entry worker would be able to send an automatic message to everyone in Hawaii that they were all, essentially, about to die thanks to a ballistic missile attack. That, my friends, is also a theory I’m not buying….at all.
We’re not done with the Hawaii question, as I stated in the beginning. This is only our preliminary look at this troubling event.