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How the hell could the Americans make this mistake?!

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brizzledrizzle Sat 13-Jan-18 20:43:44

They announced an incoming missile alert for Hawaii which is in range for North Korean missiles. The mistake wasn't corrected for nearly 20 minutes according to the BBC.

SideOrderofSprouts Sat 13-Jan-18 20:46:21

I saw that. As dh put it. Must have been a brown trouser time

Plentyoffishnets Sat 13-Jan-18 20:48:17

I'm wondering if something got hacked?

Leigha3 Sat 13-Jan-18 20:50:56

Guessing it was the mistake of a few geniuses rather than Americans as a whole.

W0rriedMum Sat 13-Jan-18 20:53:06

Copying my comment from another thread.

I am NOT a conspiracy type person but two things don't add up:
- why did it have a "this is not a drill" message when this goes through a chain of command to go out
- how come a correction text didn't go out sooner?

Something doesn't add up here.

Kursk Sat 13-Jan-18 20:55:02

A wrong button was pressed. But on a positive note the residents got an excellent unannounced practice drill.

I bet a few families are going over there backup plans

brizzledrizzle Sat 13-Jan-18 20:56:00

Kim Jong un must be rubbing his hands in glee.

Kursk Sat 13-Jan-18 20:57:07

W0rriedMum

The messages are pre written and get sent when ordered.

I assume it took a while to cancel it because the guy didn’t realize he accidentally sent it

InionEile Sat 13-Jan-18 20:58:48

Stable genius strikes again! Probably a Trump voter who fell asleep at the control desk after eating one too many cheeseburgers...

W0rriedMum Sat 13-Jan-18 21:00:06

The whole state is calling their loved ones and the responsible people (because one person alone cannot send it out - there are multiple steps) doesn't realise it was sent?

I don't buy it.

VladmirsPoutine Sat 13-Jan-18 21:00:56

Yanbu. Some mistakes can never be rectified. Must have been a very hairy moment for all involved!

TheWineHasRunOut Sat 13-Jan-18 21:06:54

I blame Trump!! wink

lookingforthecorkscrew Sat 13-Jan-18 21:10:40

I read about a family that put their kids in the bathtub, because it was the most enclosed part of their house, and completely broke down. What awful scary times we live in.

DressAndGo Sat 13-Jan-18 21:15:03

They are lucky there were no panic suicides sad

Draylon Sat 13-Jan-18 21:18:15

We must remember it was a Russian Officer performing Cold War 'Incoming Missile' duty who had the presence of mind to intuitively recognise that the 'incoming' nuclear warheads from the USA 'Alert' was a false alarm and did not attempt to launch the USSR's arsenal at us...

Stanislav Petrov

Draylon Sat 13-Jan-18 21:19:40

Well... Blame Trump? It has been suggested that Kim Jong-Un has met his match in 'crazy' which has caused him to blink first!

MelanieSmooter Sat 13-Jan-18 21:22:04

I’m not buying it either.

werewolfhowls Sat 13-Jan-18 21:22:20

Petrov is a true hero

Draylon Sat 13-Jan-18 21:25:29

Petrov is indeed a hero.

AcrossthePond55 Sat 13-Jan-18 21:45:09

The news here is reporting that 'someone' pushed a button by accident. Luckily (so far) no one was hurt or died as a result of the mistake. I'm sure a big lesson will be learnt and new safeguards will be put in place to see this doesn't happen again.

Palavra Sat 13-Jan-18 21:53:41

It took nearly 40 minutes for a correction. I’ve seen a clip of a woman putting her children down a storm train. People were apparently calling their family to say goodbye. Sounds like it’s a ticket to statewide PTSD hmm

brizzledrizzle Sat 13-Jan-18 22:04:00

Petrov saved many, many lives.

DorisDangleberry Sat 13-Jan-18 22:09:48

How the hell could the Americans make this mistake?!

It’s amazing isn’t it. A British person have never made a mistake. Because we all know the British public sector is the best in the world, and definitely not shit at all.

7Days Sat 13-Jan-18 22:12:50

Those poor people .
There are surely steps thst are taken, a few people must sign off on it before the text was sent?
What were the media saying ?

VladmirsPoutine Sat 13-Jan-18 22:14:37

@Doris I fear you don't know a single thing about anything.

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