Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

A recorded Pacific Command message was played over loudspeakers at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency that began 'exercise, exercise, exercise, ' then warned of an incoming ballistic missile and said, 'This is not a drill'.

The false alert happened after a botched message played during the unannounced drill.

They claim the reports up until now have had inaccuracies and have left out key details from the event.

The unnamed man said he is still receiving death threats, was sacked after the state completed its investigation into the January 13 incident.

"I feel very badly for what's happened, the panic and stress people felt and all the hurt and pain", the employee said.

The man known as the "button pusher" says he thought Hawaii was in danger.

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That statement lines up with what State officials have told the media. He went on his computer and used a pull-down menu to send out the alert. "But those protocols were not developed to the point they should have", retired Brig Gen Bruce Oliveira, who wrote the report on Hawaii's internal investigation, said at a news conference.

"And I didn't hear exercise at all".

"When the phone call came in, someone picked up the receiver instead of hitting speakerphone so that everyone could hear the message", he said.

According to the former employee, that's why he thought it was real situation.

"No one was ready for this day", Green said by phone.

Granting his first interviews since the scary January 13 debacle, the employee said his decision to push a panic button that alerted Hawaiians of an impending attack was no accident - he really believed it. "I think the military should do that", he added.

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The worker had mistakenly believed drills for tsunami and fire warnings were actual events and colleagues were not comfortable working with him, the state said.

He hopes what the public experienced will never happen again. "I don't say this for the objective of casting blame or disparaging Hawaiian officials".

In an interview with multiple news outlets for the first time, the man who accidentally triggered widespread panic said he's been made a scapegoat by Hawaii Emergency Management and the state.

He's says the system there has problems including lack of training for employees over missile notification drills - problems with equipment as well as poorly followed procedures.

Green said his client got stuck in the middle of an unprepared department and urged others to check with their state agencies to make sure they have a proper process in place.

The man worked at HI-EMA for 11.5 years and wants to stay in Hawaii.

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