The initial text warning to mobile phones was issued by the Hawaii Civil Defense and later retracted and ruled as a ‘false alarm’ by Hawaii state officials, the White House and U.S. military agencies.
The emergency alert wasn’t just some egregious error – it was in fact a drill – with White House officials calling it “purely a state exercise” that went awry. The head of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said the wrong button was pushed, Fox News reports:
“Vern Miyagi, who oversees the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (EMA), said at a news conference late Saturday that the civil defense employee who pushed the wrong button regrets what took place.”
“This guy feels bad, right. He’s not doing this on purpose – it was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it,” Mr. Miyagi added during a press conference.
Given the hyperaware media coverage of this recent event, along with the ongoing panic and uncertainty about a ‘North Korea’ threat, the confirmed ‘false alarm’ missile drill on Saturday appears to have done its job – and in a wildly successful manner of continuing to put the public on a constant state of alert. Just look at this media personality, CNN’s Jake Tapper, appealing to our sense of fear whilst shilling for more war daily on his newscast:
But this latest event also reinforces a more political development, that’s been brewing for months now, according to 21WIRE’s Patrick Henningsen:
“There’s something very strange and disturbing about the hype around the White House and US media’s latest obsession with North Korea. It’s not just the usual war-mongering and hot air though. We’ve seen all that before. This goes beyond sabre-rattling. There’s something uncomfortably bipartisan about this new appetite for war.”