There is nothing that quite grabs the attention than an official announcement of an incoming missile attack delivered by an official government source along with a warning to seek shelter.
That is what happened on Saturday in idyllic Hawaii when people were sent an urgent alert that a ballistic missile was headed directly at them, causing mass panic among residents and tourists who had to believe that they only had time to stick their heads between their legs and kiss their asses goodbye.
Many surely cursed President Trump for goading “Rocket Man” Kim Jong-un to the point that he was going to incinerate their island paradise. There was probably also great hysteria in California where the whacky celebrity left have been shrieking that Trump is going to get them all killed.
But it was just a false alarm, the result of a “mistake” and it was one HELL of a mistake at that.
NO ballistic missile threat. Repeat NO ballistic missile threat. https://t.co/1afGNvDSAE
— Star-Advertiser (@StarAdvertiser) January 13, 2018
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Emergency officials mistakenly send out missile threat alert”:
State emergency management officials mistakenly sent out a missile threat alert at about 8:07 a.m. today, sending the state into a short-lived panic until correcting the error about 20 minutes later.
The cell phone notification read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT DRILL.”
Although the state emailed that the alert was a mistake at about 8:25 a.m., they did not issue a cell phone alert correction — the way many residents first learned of the bogus alert — until about 38 minutes after the initial mistake.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza told the Associated Press that it’s not clear what caused the alert to go out.
“USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error,” a U.S. Pacific Command spokesman said in an email.
At 9:30 a.m., Gov David Ige issued a statement saying he is meeting with state Department of Defense and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials “to determine what caused this morning’s false alarm and to prevent it from happening again.”
“While I am thankful this morning’s alert was a false alarm,” he said “the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system. I am working to get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future.”
Word was quickly put out that it wasn’t real and government officials like Rep. Tulsi Gabbard quickly took to social media to calm shattered nerves:
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
This sort of thing could have turned out very badly had any sort of order been given to launch a nuclear counterattack at Pyongyang and it is all but certain that heads will roll.
Officials will probably just blame it all on the Russians, especially since Hawaii is a Democrat-controlled state because it has proven a very effective strategy for the Dems.