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After Hawaii false alarm, Trump rails about fake news, “deranged” Michael Wolf

The state of Hawaii faced a terrifying false alarm on Saturday when many residents received a text message warning them to take shelter because of a ballistic missile threat.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency quickly confirmed on Twitter that there was no immediate threat. According to the New York Times, it was caused by human error—not hackers or a foreign government. Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the agency, told the New York Times, “someone clicked the wrong thing on the computer.” He added that “it was erroneous” and that it happened during a “shift-change drill.” Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a news conference that alert procedures will be changed to prevent something like this from happening again.

After the false alarm, Hawaiian lawmakers tweeted about the event, noting the seriousness of it, and explaining how a false alarm of this nature is unacceptable—especially in a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Democratic Senator Brian Schatz called it “totally inexcusable.” Senator Mazie K. Hirono urged officials to get to the bottom of what happened.

Finally, the President of the United States, Donald Trump— who has lashed out at Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un multiple times on Twitter with threats and disconcerting rhetoric—tweeted about “fake news.” 

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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