By: Kyle James | 01-26-2018 | News
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Person Who Sent False Missile Alert Won't Cooperate With FCC

According to an FCC official, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee who mistakenly sent out a mobile alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile is refusing to cooperate with their investigation.

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A hearing was held with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Lisa Fowlkes, the head of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the FCC, said they are pleased the level of cooperation Hawaii officials have given but cannot say the same for the key employee in the matter.

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"We hope that person will reconsider," Fowlkes said. Even the Hawaii Emergency Management said in a statement, "We share FCC Public Safety Bureau Chief Lisa Fowlkes’s disappointment."

"The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has encouraged its employees to cooperate in all ongoing investigations. While cooperation is, in the end, a matter of choice for each individual, we hope that anyone who is not cooperating will reconsider and assist in bringing these matters to a satisfactory conclusion."

The false alert was sent to all the cell phones of Hawaiians and caused <a href="">widespread panic across the state.</a> Videos showing panicked residents scattering throughout the city and asking police for help were circulated online along with one video of a man putting his small daughter into a sewer for safety that went viral.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NO missile threat to Hawaii.</p>&mdash; Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) <a href="">January 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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It took the emergency alert system 38 minutes to recognize the error and issue a correction. For the residents of Hawaii, it must have been the longest 38 minutes of their lives.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As a state government, we must learn from this unfortunate error and continue to prepare for any safety threat to Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors – whether it is a man-made threat or a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tsunami.</p>&mdash; Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) <a href="">January 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The false alert shook confidence in the emergency alert system and those responsible for it.

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Anonymous No. 16857 2018-01-26 : 11:09

The deeper we get into this, the more I wonder if this was really a some lame Liberal Political Stunt. A liberal/Socialist trying to drum up votes and opinion against Trump in some left handed way.

My suggestion to the Button pusher.

Accept the public ridicule for your mistake,


admit you did it for a political reason and become a cult hero behind bars.

Anonymous No. 16870 2018-01-26 : 15:34

16857 ←- I agree 100%

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