Editor’s note: It is hard to believe that the emergency civil defence system that relayed mobile phone messages to Hawaii’s populace was triggered accidentally. The texts that warned of an imminent ballistic missile attack were accompanied by blaring sirens from the island’s military bases, which caused widespread panic. It is our contention that this was a contrived event meant to foster fear amongst American citizens and justify the escalation of the United States’ military stance vis-à-vis North Korea. Mundilfury.
The false alert of a ballistic missile attack that unleashed panic across Hawaii on Saturday morning was triggered when a state employee accidentally hit the wrong button on a computer, a state official said.
Hawaii residents received an alert at 8:07 a.m. local time that read “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview that the alert was mistakenly sent during a morning shift change because “somebody clicked on the wrong thing on the computer and sent out the message.”
The alert was immediately canceled, Mr. Rapoza said, which explains, at least in part, why some residents received the alerts while others didn’t.
At 8:45 a.m., a second message followed, saying, “There is no missile threat or danger to the state of Hawaii. Repeat false alarm.” The second message wasn’t in all capital letters.