Saturday, January 13, 2018

False Missile Attack Scare In Hawaii Today

By now, you've doubtless heard about that false missile attack alert that terrified the citizens of Hawaii earlier today. It was generated by this alert, sent out to cell phone users in that state:

Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii sums things up pretty well in this clip:

Putting out the false alarm because someone "pushed the wrong button" is bad enough. What's worse is taking 30-40 minutes to correct the false alarm. That was, indeed, "an abomination." Moreover, this chilling "crying wolf" event degrades public confidence in the emergency alert system, with potentially dire consequences in the future.

Ever since the Very Stable Genius began engaging Kim Jung-Un in his puerile taunts, Hawaiians have seen themselves to be on the front line of a possible nuclear exchange with North Korea, making it very understandable that they would freak out getting this message. Also, consider the not- far- fetched possibility of the Very Stable Genius seeing this pop up on Fox or on social media and impulsively ordering a strike on North Korea (luckily for now, he was working hard playing golf).

The process and system must be fixed and heads must roll. There's just no excuse.


DivaNewYork said...

Heads will certainly roll for this absolute horror. I can't even imagine what those poor people gone through for 38 minutes.

Why did it take over half an hour to send a correction? Did they have a failsafe or did someone actually have to push another fucking button to send the correction alert? Un.Fucking.Believable!

W. Hackwhacker said...

It's a pretty awful way to get a wake-up call for our gimcrack civil defense warning "systems." Thanks, Diva.