FCC Blames Human Error, Poor Safeguards for False Hawaii Missile Alert

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WASHINGTON — A preliminary FCC report concludes that a combination of human error and inadequate safeguards led to the transmission of a false missile alert in Hawaii on Jan. 13, creating a harrowing scene for residents as it took 38 minutes for a second message to be sent confirming that the alarm was false. The […]

Hawaii’s porn users had a very human reaction to that fake missile scare

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Last Saturday, the people of Hawaii found themselves greeted with a horrific and alarming sight: An all-caps cellphone warning from the government, stating that a ballistic missile had been launched toward the islands, complete with a very serious looking “THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” It was, though, thankfully, a very…

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Hollywood Goes Ballistic on Trump Over Hawaii Missile Scare: ‘Load of Bullshit’

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After a false ballistic missile threat alert was sent to cell phones in Hawaii on Saturday morning that panicked the islands and beyond, Hollywood placed the blame on one person: President Donald Trump.

The short-lived Hawaii missile crisis was triggered after someone “pushed the wrong button” during an employee shift change, according to Gov. David Ige. Those not fond of Trump or his policies already had their dander raised from Thursday, when The New York Times published a damning report saying that the president had described certain nations as “shithole countries.” And the sustained tension had people directing anger squarely at the POTUS once again.

“Great to know the button saying there is a nuclear war is right next to the one saying this is a test,” Judd Apatow tweeted. “This is a load of bullshit. This is not what happened. Keep digging. This isn’t about a f–king shift change.”

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It didn’t help matters that CNN reported that Trump was on the golf course when the false alarm was sent.

“Anyone else wondering why the hell @realDonaldTrump didn’t tweet about this morning’s false alarm in Hawaii?” asked Montel Williams. “To [sic] busy with golfing or doesn’t care since it’s not about him?”

“I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning,” tweeted Jim Carrey. “If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination.”

Meanwhile, Pedro Pascal posted a meme that read: “Dear rest of the world, we’re sorry for our shithead president, Sincerely, the United States of America.”

Hawaii residents got the jolt of a lifetime Saturday morning, as they woke up to frightening mobile push alerts warning island residents of an incoming missile and instructing people to seek shelter.

Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency then quickly announced that the message was a mistake.

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“This Hawaii missle scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY,” tweeted Jamie Lee Curtis.  “Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!”

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See more reactions below.

Great to know the button saying there is a nuclear war is right next to the one saying this is a test. This is a load of bullshit. This is not what happened. Keep digging. This isn’t about a fucking shift change. @CNN https://t.co/NZTlMBZFLI

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 13, 2018

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— Pedro Pascal (@PedroPascal1) January 13, 2018

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I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^ pic.twitter.com/Kwca91IIy2

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 13, 2018

The emergency alert in Hawaii of an incoming ballistic missile was issued in error—but it is so very much a sign of our times.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 13, 2018

Crickets from @realDonaldTrump as Hawaii receives a false incoming missile alert. Too busy sexting Stormy Daniels, I reckon.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 13, 2018

I think Hawaii should buy everyone on the islands a drink of their choosing – on the state.

— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 13, 2018

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This morning, a Hawaii state rep huddled in the tub with his kids praying during the false missile strike alert. That’s how serious this was.

This evening, Trump is tweeting about “Fire and Fury” instead, because his ego is more important than the wellbeing of an entire state.

— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 13, 2018

This Hawaii missle scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!

— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 13, 2018

Anyone else wondering why the hell @realDonaldTrump didn’t tweet about this morning’s false alarm in Hawaii? To busy with golfing or doesn’t care since it’s not about him? pic.twitter.com/1Q8GryecLR

— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) January 13, 2018

Everyone in Hawaii this morning pic.twitter.com/918HPxtxnw

— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) January 13, 2018

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FCC To Investigate Hawaii’s Terrifying False Ballistic Missile Alert

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The FCC will launch a full investigation into the false missile emergency alert sent to residents of Hawaii today, Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC has announced.
The push notification alert went out just after 8 am HST, panicking residents and visitors. Apparently a false alarm during a drill, the alert, according to media speculation, was possibly a human error.
The all-caps alert was terrifying: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS…

Panic in Hawaii: Residents Wake Up to Ballistic Missile Emergency Alert Sent by Mistake

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UPDATE 1/13/2017 11:52 a.m. PT: Hawaii Gov. David Ige told CNN that someone “pushed the wrong button” during an employee shift change, sending out the false alert about an incoming ballistic missile.

Hawaii residents got a jolt this morning as they woke up to frightening mobile push alerts warning island residents of an incoming missile and instructing people to seek shelter.

Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency then quickly announced that the message was a mistake.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the message read. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

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Confused residents tweeted screenshots of the warnings shortly after 8 a.m. local time.

Hawaii is considered particularly vulnerable these days because it’s on the flight path between the U.S. mainland and North Korea, which has been conducting intercontinental ballistic missile tests by Kim Jong-un.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted its correction 12 minutes after the alert was issued to say it was a false alarm.

NO missile threat to Hawaii.

— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also tried to calm their constituents in the message, calling it a “false alarm.”

HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018

The ballistic missile warning that was issued is a FALSE alarm. Repeat FALSE alarm.

— Mayor Kirk Caldwell (@MayorKirkHNL) January 13, 2018

Hawaii News Now reported that the alert “sent people scrambling for shelters and their cars, and online for additional news.”

The sited also said that cell phones were overloaded while the Hawaii Emergency Management’s website appeared to crash. As of 8:50 a.m., the website had not yet been restored online.

Story developing…

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Jeff Sessions’ Description of Hawaii as ‘an Island in the Pacific’ Sparks Backlash

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ description of Hawaii as “an island in the Pacific” on Thursday understandably upset lawmakers from the state.

As did his comments that a Hawaiian judge shouldn’t be able to overrule President Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

“We are confident that the president will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter,” Sessions told radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday, in audio uncovered by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski.

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“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

Needless to say, this ruffled many feathers, both in Hawaii — which has been a U.S. state since 1959 — and in the other 49 states.

The judge in question is U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii who also has mainland experience, having worked as a lawyer in San Francisco, the Washington Post reported.

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In March, Watson issued a nationwide temporary restraining order to Trump’s travel ban, and then extended the order, prompting the president to file an appeal.

Fellow lawmakers were quick to come to Watson’s defense, with Democratic Senator Brian Schatz tweeting to Sessions: “You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It’s my home. Have some respect.”

Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It’s my home. Have some respect. https://t.co/sW9z3vqBqG

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017

Mazie Hirono, also a Senator in Hawaii said: “Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics.”

Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017

Hawaii was built on the strength of diversity & immigrant experiences- including my own. Jeff Sessions’ comments are ignorant & dangerous

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017

This is the unanimous Senate vote confirming Judge Derrick Waston. It includes a “yea” vote from AL Sen. Jeff Sessions #IslandinthePacific pic.twitter.com/tVcmeMNojn

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 21, 2017

According to the Huffington Post, the Justice Department responded by stating that Sessions was correct. “Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific,” a DOJ spokesperson said, adding that the A.G.’s granddaughter was born there.

“Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific.” — DOJ spokesman on AG Sessions’ criticism of a federal judge. https://t.co/r53V9M8zy9 pic.twitter.com/9nxiUBdELN

Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 20, 2017

Yep, that didn’t help at all …

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#BoycottHawaii Movement Sparks Hilarious Reaction on Twitter

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Trump supporters were roasted like pigs at a luau Thursday on Twitter, after calling for a boycott of Hawaii.

On Wednesday, after a federal judge in Hawaii suspended President Trump’s travel ban, Trump supporters registered their anger by proposing their own ban on the Aloha State, sparking the hashtag #BoycottHawaii.

“Let’s see if liberal judicial ideology is more important than tourist revenues to the state of Hawaii,” one tweet read.

“#BoycottHawaii I was taking my kids & Grandkids to Hawaii. We just cancelled @gohawaii your Judge threatens our safety,” went another complaint.

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Twitter being Twitter, it didn’t take long for the hashtag to be co-opted as a device to mock those calling for a boycott.

“Please, all Trump supporters, #BoycottHawaii. It’s literally the only way Hawaii gets more beautiful,” wrote Ed Glavin, executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“#BoycottHawaii, eh, Trumpists? Waikiki Beach will miss your sandals with dress socks and legs veins,” wrote “Westworld” actor Jeffrey Wright, who tossed in for good measure, “Trumpists say #BoycottHawaii. Kids, pack everything. We’re moving to the North Shore.”

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Author Saladin Ahmed offered, “send me on an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii so those liberal judges can see up close how horrible Muslims are #BoycottHawaii.”

Read on for more reactions.

#BoycottHawaii I was taking my kids & Grandkids to Hawaii. We just cancelled @gohawaii your Judge threatens our safety.

– *Wendy* ???????? (@wendyvoss) March 16, 2017

Let’s see if liberal judicial ideology is more important than tourist revenues to the state of Hawaii.#boycotthawaii

– Dr. Diane (@elmorephd) March 16, 2017

Judge in Hawaii secede from US. They don’t like homeland people. Now we all know where not to vacation anymore. #boycotthawaii @FoxNews

– Deplorable Jdub (@TigerJaw) March 15, 2017

Please, all Trump supporters, #BoycottHawaii. It’s literally the only way Hawaii gets more beautiful.

– Ed Glavin (@EdGlavin) March 16, 2017

send me on an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii so those liberal judges can see up close how horrible Muslims are #BoycottHawaii

– Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) March 16, 2017

#BoycottHawaii, eh, Trumpists? Waikiki Beach will miss your sandals with dress socks and legs veins.

Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 16, 2017

Trumpists say #BoycottHawaii. ???”Kids, pack everything. We’re moving to the North Shore.

Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 16, 2017

Judge in Hawaii secede from US. They don’t like homeland people. Now we all know where not to vacation anymore. #boycotthawaii @FoxNews

– Deplorable Jdub (@TigerJaw) March 15, 2017

I can guarantee you half the people who want to #BoycottHawaii have never traveled further than their local WalMart.

– DebNunz (@mudderbae) March 16, 2017

Sad part about #BoycottHawaii is that so many of Trump’s followers are finding out Hawaii is an actual state.#Resist #RESISTANCE

– Resist Now (@Resist_N0W) March 16, 2017

#TrumPets are so funny #BoycottHawaii is like me boycotting Lamborghini or Ferrari

– ⚜ (@MJmagicBelieve) March 16, 2017

Folks whose idea of travel is to take the kids from aunt Patsy’s trailer & walk 2 blocks to uncle Jed’s trailer are going to #BoycottHawaii?

– Bill Madden (@activist360) March 16, 2017

How do Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii when they couldn’t even afford to travel to D.C. for the inauguration? #mealsonwheels #morningjoe pic.twitter.com/5otIaXDUM1

– Currently Resisting (@CResisting) March 16, 2017

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