Report issued on Hawaii false missile alert

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Hawaii Governor David Ige. "But those protocols were not developed to the point they should have", retired Brig.

"The day-shift warning officer seated at the alert origination terminal, however, reported to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency after the event their belief that this was a real emergency, so they clicked "yes" to transmit the alert", the report stated.

The Hawaii employee who issued a ballistic missile alert to residents - causing mass panic for almost 40 minutes earlier this month - intentionally sent the message thinking the island was being attacked, the FCC said Tuesday in a stunning reversal after officials had insisted the alert was the result of a mistaken keystroke. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said officials couldn't send the alerts to the right people.

The employee is still working for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency but no longer has access to the alert system.

At the news conference, it was announced that Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi, director of joint staff with the Hawaii National Guard, as interim agency administrator.

UPDATE: 11:13 a.m.

Miyagi accepted full responsibility for the incident and the actions of his employees, Logan said.

The worker who sent the false alert has refused to co-operate with the state or federal investigations, beyond providing a written statement.

According to Oliveira's report, the employee has been a source of concern for over 10 years because of poor performance and had been counseled. Employee 1 "just sat there and didn't respond", so another worker grabbed the man's computer mouse and canceled the message.

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The mistake has been under investigation by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ever since and mystery has surrounded what exactly went wrong.

Despite being prefaced by language indicating it was an exercise, an emergency message intended as a drill for staff at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was incorrectly interpreted as real, leading the agency spread the false alarm about a missile attack that caused widespread panic throughout the islands on January 13. The report (PDF) suggests that the employee who sent the alert did not hear a recording notifying staff that an announcement regarding an incoming missile was simply a test. The recording otherwise used language that is typically used for a real threat, including the words: "This is not a drill".

The report also concluded that the midnight shift supervisor played a recording that "deviated from the script of the agency's established drill procedure", specifically one that included the sentence "This is not a drill". In this case, it included the language "This is not a drill". The recording ended by repeating the word exercise again three times.

Apart from Hawaii's investigation, the FCC had also been looking into the incident, as the state came under criticism for lacking "reasonable safeguards".

Even more alarming, officials said this was not the first such mix-up for the employee.

"We did ask for voluntary cooperation". One was related to a fire and another to a tsunami.

The state Emergency Management Agency now requires more supervision of drills and alert and test-alert transmissions and has also created a correction template for false alerts. Now we're told confusion arose when conflicting messages were sent in a test of the system during a shift change. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing, ' he said.

Instead, the agency began the drill at 8 a.m.

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