Leaked Video Exposes NBC News for Causing Fake Hawaii Missile Alert
NBC News crew had gained access to highly-secure bunker
New revelations have confirmed that an NBC News crew had gained access to highly-secure bunker facility in Hawaii which was responsible for issuing the “ballistic missile alert” hours before the message was sent.
The Missile alert, which was reportedly in error according to officials stories, almost caused mass hysteria as Hawaii residents scrambled for safety.
“Hours before the false alarm sounded with a warning of an inbound missile we had exclusive access to the bunker where it was sent from,” an NBC News spokesman said in a Jan. 15 reports airing on a report called “Nerves Rattled After Missile False Alarm in Hawaii.”
The Hawaii Emergency Management spokesman David Hafner told the crew before the alert was sent:
“Let me take you to where the show starts,”
"This is where the call comes in that notifies us of a ballistic missile launch.”
Hefner said that his agency would receive a call from Pacific Command if a threat was imminent, leaving the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to "decide whether or not to activate the siren.”
The reporter was then asked where the encrypted secure phone was that receives the call, Hafner shows him the receiver for a few seconds which opened the line, something which should never have been done.
So the question is, What if Pacific Command was trying to engage commination at that every moment but couldn't get through because of the open line? We are looking a total negligence.
According to NBC News, “The call from the U.S. military Pacific Command never came, instead, the alert was sent out in error, turning Hawaii upside-down.”
According to the Hill: Hawaii officials said Saturday that a mobile alert saying a ballistic missile was headed for the state was a "false alarm" after people received the alert detailing an imminent threat.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) issued a tweet saying that "there is no incoming missile to Hawaii," saying she had confirmed with officials the alert was a false alarm.
Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency also confirmed on Twitter that there was no threat. Another alert was sent out 38 minutes later calling the initial alert a false alarm.
U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said in a statement that the military "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii" and that an "earlier message was sent in error."
President Trump was briefed on the situation Saturday afternoon while in Florida for the weekend, the White House said.
"The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
Hawaii lawmakers quickly decried the false alert, with Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) calling for changes to ensure similar errors didn't happen again.
"What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process," Schatz wrote on Twitter.
The false alarm comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program and continued testing of ballistic missiles.
“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here with a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii," Gabbard said during a phone interview Saturday on CNN.
“This is a real threat facing Hawaii,” she added, referencing residents being forced into a situation where they had to rush for cover.