Former Green Beret Commander: 'Hard to Believe' Hawaii Missile Alert Could Be Sent by One Person
A former U.S. Army Green Beret commander expressed his disbelief at the claim by Hawaii officials that one person's error caused Saturday's statewide alert about an incoming missile.
At about 8:07 a.m. local time, Hawaii citizens received an emergency alert on their phone that read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
It took 38 minutes for Hawaii's EMA to send a second alert to mobile devices that it was all a a false alarm.
Perils of bad UX in government software! Dropdown had 'Test missile alert' & 'Missile alert' one after another. Operator mistakenly chose latter option! -> "Hawaii missile alert: How one employee pushed the wrong button & caused a wave of panic" https://t.co/HJ5ZwxwrPG pic.twitter.com/TTOPYCjkYw
— Amit Ranjan (@amitranjan) January 15, 2018
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said an employee selected the wrong option from a drop-down menu, initiating an actual alert instead of a test of the system.
On "America's Newsroom," Lt. Col. Michael Waltz (Ret.) said it's "unbelievable" that such a system existed in Hawaii.
"I find it hard to believe that this system was developed where one individual could hit one button and send that type of alert without any secondary or third level of authorization," said Waltz, a former U.S. Special Forces officer and author.
Waltz agreed that the federal government or U.S. military may have to take over the responsibility for alerting the public to a potential missile attack.
Eric Shawn pointed out that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is probably "chuckling" at being able to cause widespread panic and fear among Americans without even doing anything.
Watch his analysis above.