The story of the day was that this…
went out to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday, setting off widespread panic .
Oopsie! Nearly 40 minutes after it was issued, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency cancelled the alert, which was a false alarm. The explanation was that somebody pushed the wrong button during a shift changeover.
“The public must have confidence in our emergency alert system,” the Aloha State’s governor, David Y. Ige, said. “I am working to get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future.” Then, as he appeared on live TV answering questions from a reporter, a small, thin, middle-aged man standing with the governor said (I am quoting from memory),
“This was my responsibility. It should not have happened, and we will be making sure this cannot happen again, and will make certain that a new system is installed that requires two separate human verifications before a warning is sent out.”
In the TV studios, everyone was stunned. Did they actually see a government employee accept accountability for a screw up in front of cameras? They did: I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. Even as the TV reporters were discussing the obvious issues raised by the fiasco—like why did it take so long to determine that it was a false alarm—they kept coming back to the Butch Cassidy-like question: Who is that guy? Everyone agreed that this was integrity and courage personified. We virtually never see anyone do what he did so publicly and unequivocally; nobody could recall a similar example.
I sure can recall examples of high-profile government officials, past and present, doing the opposite, though.
Last I checked, the name of the state official had not been determined. Until it is, at least, here at Ethics Alarms he will be known as The Unknown Ethics Hero.
Oh, but Democrats knew who really was at fault for a button being pushed by accident setting off a state warning system. President Trump! Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) got on the phone to CNN, Fox News and other networks to announce that it was all the President’s fault for not immediately agreeing to give something of value to North Korea for repeatedly threatening to nuke us, or Guam, or Japan. “Donald Trump is taking too long,” she told CNN. “He’s not taking this threat seriously! There’s no time to waste!
In other words, “ARRGH! Do something! Anything! We’re afraid! Do whatever they want!”
Hawaiian Democrats must be so proud.
The Unknown Ethics Hero for Congress!
Hell, The Unknown Ethics Hero for President.
UPDATE: Mystery solved! The Unknown Ethics Hero is now known: he is Vern Miyagi, head of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency. And, as I’m sure he expected, he is now being roundly mocked and attacked in the news media. He is a retired United States Army major general with over 37 years service.
Much thanks to crella for the intelligence.