State declines requests for records on false missile alert

  • In this Jan. 13, 2018 file photo, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, right, speaks during a news conference with Vern Miyagi, former administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Mangement Agency, in Honolulu after a false missile alert was sent to residents and visitors statewide. Hawaii officials have repeatedly pointed to a low-level state employee and a breakdown in his agency’s leadership as the main cause for a missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast in January. But efforts to find out more about what other top officials did that day have been stymied at the highest levels of state government. (George F. Lee/The Star-Advertiser via AP, File)

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials have repeatedly pointed to a low-level state employee and a breakdown in his agency’s leadership as the main cause for a January missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast. But efforts to find out more about what other top officials did that day have been stymied at the highest levels of state government.

State law says opening the government to public scrutiny “is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest.”


But for nearly two months, Gov. David Ige’s office has refused to provide information requested by The Associated Press that could show how he and other officials handled the crisis.

Citing open records law exemptions, Ige’s office has declined to release phone logs, text messages, instant messages and calendars related to the missile alert, even as the state moves forward with recommendations to implement a new missile alert system .

His office says it does not keep those documents.

“We are not aware of any state agency that maintains the governor’s office cell/office phone records, instant messages or text messages,” Ige’s Senior Special Assistant Donna Fujimoto-Saka said in an email.

She also said Ige’s office receives bills from the phone company, “but these bills do not contain any record of incoming or outgoing calls.”

R. Brian Black, executive director of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest in Honolulu, says the governor’s office is not being consistent with the spirit of Hawaii’s open records law.

“There is ultimately a fear amongst many public officials of revealing any information, and so if they have the authority anywhere to withhold it, they will,” he said.

The law center, which advocates for open government in Hawaii, had hoped Ige’s administration would set a “top-down approach” to promoting transparency, Black said.

“They have done things in that regard, but this is not a great example,” he said.

The AP sent a similar request for emails, phone logs and text messages to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, the department that sent the alert, on Feb. 5. It has not yet received any documents from the agency.

Hawaii isn’t alone in its handling of records for cellphones, text messages and other modern forms of communication.

Accessing such documents is a problem “across all levels of government” in the United States, in part because many agencies lack policies and practices for storing, archiving and searching them, said Adam Marshall, Knight Foundation litigation attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press based in Washington.

“That can be really problematic, especially when they show what the government officials are doing in their official capacity,” Marshall said.

Ige’s office has agreed to release some documents requested by the AP, primarily emails that are subject to redaction, but has levied hefty fees to process them. An initial estimate of nearly $4,500 was given to fill a request for emails to and from the governor’s staff on the day of the alert. A narrowed request for four senior staff members’ emails was met with a roughly $1,500 fee.

The federal law for access to government documents allows fee waivers for journalists seeking information that has public interest. States also grant waivers but can charge for things like the amount of time spent searching, sorting and redacting information, leading to a patchwork of fees nationwide.

In Hawaii’s case, the state’s $60 waiver is often outweighed by its fees, especially for emails, Black said.

“The federal FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) is pretty good when it comes to fees and fee waivers,” Marshall said. “But at the state level, it is certainly the case that prohibitively high fees discourage and in some cases entirely inhibit the production of public records to members of the news media.”

Drawn-out negotiations for documents and slow responses from agencies also can diminish the information’s value.

Among the criticisms of Hawaii’s handling of the missile alert was the time it took to inform people there was no actual threat. Residents and visitors waited about 40 minutes before official messages from state agencies were sent to all points that received the initial warning.

If North Korea launched a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile, officials say it would take as little as 12 minutes to reach Hawaii after an alert goes out. The first word of the Jan. 13 mistake — a social media post from Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency — came about the same time as a real missile would have hit the islands.

The governor did not address the public until his communications team retweeted the emergency agency’s social media cancellation several minutes later. Ige said he did not have the passwords to his social media accounts and has chosen not to use the platforms to communicate directly with the public.

State lawmakers’ first opportunity to ask Ige about his role in the mistake was Jan. 19, when he appeared at a hearing . The governor answered some questions then left early.

At the time, Ige spokeswoman Cindy McMillian said only that the governor had other duties to attend to.

Responding to an AP request for Ige’s calendar and phone records from that day, his office wrote : “The governor’s personal calendar will be withheld because it is not maintained as a government record.”

The office pointed to Ige’s public calendar , which had no official business listed on the day of the hearing.

After a request for all documents showing the governor’s official business that day, Ige’s office last week emailed the AP two proclamations he signed Jan. 19: one declaring March 9 “Spread the Word to End the Word Day,” referring to a slur for mental disability; and another naming March 21 “SBDC Day,” after the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. It did not respond to follow-up questions.


Upon Ige’s departure from the hearing, some lawmakers openly criticized him and asked him to stay.

“This is a national tragedy, and you’re leaving in 45, 50 minutes,” Rep. Gene Ward said as Ige walked out. “He’s the one where the buck stops, Mr. Chairman.”

  1. lazerhaze March 13, 2018 6:08 am

    IMPEACH IGE and any politician who enables his obstruction as well as firing and permanently ban from public employment any employee who “follow orders” to hide and obstruct the peoples “RIGHT TO KNOW” on this issue. IGE is a corrupt stooge and a complete idiot. He is a danger to Hawaii and it’s people while continuing to sit in this position.

    1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 7:47 am

      This is so much worse than you know.
      Please, see my above post. Make copies, research, organize.

      AP, Civil Beat, HTH are PARTNERD w/ HI Gov on this -and so much more.

      We’re being played.

      Our lives are in immediate danger. (Via sleeper cell retaliation.)

  2. Agroforestry Design March 13, 2018 7:13 am

    Thanks for making it clear, illegally occupying fake state of Hawaii, that you are not a democracy and there is no transparency in your fake government. Pretty much everyones’ texts are readily available, so what is Ige hiding? Charging $1000’s of dollars to know what the defacto “government” is doing runs in line with secretive authoritarian governments.

    1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 7:45 am

      This is so much worse than you know.
      Please see my above post, copy, research, distribute, organize.

      This AP, Civil Beat going after Hawaii Gov is a red herring. They are partners in Evil.

      Hawaii is indeed once again Occupied.

    2. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 8:40 am

      Copy my posts, downloads. (Before deletion) Research for yourself. Spread the word. We need to organize. This is real.

    3. Hilo Jack March 15, 2018 2:48 pm

      I am sure Russia is much better

  3. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 7:43 am




    1. DEFCON 1 triggers a purge of all state records from Strike Zone to Pentagon. This enables hacking.

    2. The Alert occurred at the very start of the SOH Agrathon Hackathon.

    3. While the Clintons (Huma?) were here.

    4. The event was also sponsored by Ulupono (Omidyar, owner of *Civil Beat.) (research Ulupono / Tsutsui connection)


    – HNL Star Advertiser sent a MESSAGE the hack occurred.

    – HSA also covered Hawaii 5-0 ‘soft release’ of what really happened in last Friday’s episode.

    – HTH LAST WEEK (book ending HI5-0) did 2 inexplicable Clinton ‘feel good’ visiting the mountain pieces, of their TWO MONTHS AGO time in Hawaii.
    (Dang, HRC really does have major computer trounles!)
    – AP, CIVIL BEAT?….. Tap dancing all over us now!! Pretending to get to the bottom, speak for the people, hold government accountable, TELL THE TRUTH!!!
    They both already know. (About this event, and soooo much more!)


      1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 8:16 am

        Go Deeper: Omidyar and Edward Snowden knew each other in Hawaii.

        (Omidyar: Civil Beat, Ulupono, PayPal, Hawaii’s wealthiest citizen, Persian, Clinton ‘Foundation’ major donor, CIA / Secure Drop, Obama ally) – also owns The Intercept and the FULL EDWARD SNOWDEN CACHE (which he hoards)


        In 2013, Snowden lived in Camp Kunia when he worked for the NSA.
        Camp Kania is **unincorporated, and belongs to the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center.


        Terminator seeds? Whatever the bloody hell Omidyar did in India? (after placing the pm, hard to know, much has been scrubbed)

        Tsutsui / Ulupono is all over our schools.

        Whatever it is, Trump and US military is on it.

        Meanwhile, dismantle the DANGEROUS PRESS.

        It’s a powerful tool being used against you.

        Q. How long can Hawaii go without a food shipment?

        1. Hilo Jack March 14, 2018 6:26 am


          You forgot to delete this post.

          I am sure you are going to try and say HTH deleted them.

          1. Poi March 14, 2018 6:21 pm

            …or, the Black Helicopter arrived!! Just in the nick of time… 😉

          2. Hilo Jack March 14, 2018 7:52 pm

            Most likely!

            Or perhaps, maybe Trump realized she knew everything and tapped her to be the new SOS???

          3. Poi March 15, 2018 1:21 pm

            I see a tell-all memoir in the making!! Called “From ‘Emily’s Brain’ to ‘Trump’s Brain’ — What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been!” haha

    1. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:48 pm

      Sick sick mind RJ

    2. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:59 pm

      AP initiated the request of this information to begin with.

  4. Sara Steiner-jackson March 13, 2018 8:08 am

    It would be nice to get the records, since there have been several documented photos and/or videos showing bright lights over the ocean, similar to a missile being shot down in the water near Hawaii on the very morning the fake missile alert went out. Cough ‘um up boys, we know you are covering up.

    1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 8:18 am

      THANK YOU!
      Please see, copy, research my posts below. Organize.

      The CIA media is playing us right now, testing public awareness.

      This is so much bigger than anyone realizes.

      Pearl Harbor level.

      1. Christine March 13, 2018 8:38 am

        How can you be sure? I have read about these lights, etc and I am intrigued I just don’t know what to think!

        1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 9:19 am

          Save my posts before deletion. (Expect our local media to close comment sections. Ban certain voices. ALL outlets are dirty.) Please Research for yourself. Then Spread the word. Unity, truth, communication are critical right now.

          There is so much deliberate official disinformation on this. Followed by conspiracy theories, some well meaning, some not.

          This article? Press vs Gov? IS A RUSE. They’re both on the same side -not ours.

          Hawaii’s newness as a State, mostly our remoteness made this level of infiltration and corruption possible. Plus, it’s a Blue Kool-aid fog bank.

          No, Hussein was NOT BORN IN HAWAII! (connect Tsutsui to Lorraine Fuddy, People. NOW.) Ask yourself, WHY are his Columbia records sealed, and NOT ONE professor or student able to recall him there. WHY did Prince Alaweed pay Hussein’s Harvard tuition? (Alaweed was recently arrested, $100Bn assets seized. He ows top floors of Mandalay Bay Resort in Vegas, BTW. THINK PEOPLE, THINK! : )

          I started putting the false ballistic missile alert shenanigans together right away, then I started getting it out. (Star Advertiser headline spelled it out plain as day for me, the rest fell into place quickly.)
          I was immediately basically told to stop. (not getting into how! Blew. my. mind. Scared me and my friends too. -By who I can only hope was friendly military.)

          My info was spot on but too soon. That was over a month ago. Something this massive couldn’t remain hidden. People have starts to putting the pieces together. The patsy Emergency Alert worker was beginning to raise eyebrows too.
          Thus, the Hawaii 5-0 ‘soft release’ last episode.

          *Stock pile some food, supplies, etc just in case this goes bad. Important.

          *The ‘Q drops’ (Praying Medic is my fave reporter here, good place to start. I’d recommend back tracking to catch up.) and Qanons have been an invaluable source of direction and info on this in particular and other related issues.

          I hope I don’t lose you here: I have a brief and very traumatic past experience, long time ago, dealing w/CIA regarding Intel Interpretation, specific to puzzles, codes in media, etc. They used drugs to enhance performance evaluating material. They selected exceptionally bright youths to study. It was horrific. Basically they screwed badly w/ our heads. This was many years ago, but I think that’s why I was so tuned into this now.

          I am not wrong here.

          1. Christine March 13, 2018 9:40 am

            Wow a lot to take in. Thank you for sharing, I will keep researching.

          2. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:40 pm

            Yes you are wrong. Your post have been saved for the mental health exam you will need to go thru to keep your green card!

          3. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:47 pm

            This Shrewd is also known as RJ Hampton.

            With help from the slut known as Sativa.

          4. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 1:18 pm

            Your brief and traumatic past was your addiction to crack.

        2. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:46 pm

          Clearly listening to the head up her a$$ Shrewd is not a person to guide you to what you should think.

        3. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 1:28 pm

          I never answered your question! My apologies. I’ve been sitting on this for a month, and I am very excited the TRUTH is starting to come out. Literally everything we hold dear is at stake, I believe.

          To answer, I have direct experience with one small aspect, I was approached re some of this later, and my background I explained a bit below.

          But really, we’ve been lied to, manipulated and worse for so long, how will we ever know what’s real!
          We need to research, dig, organize, and help each other, is my opinion. I don’t know what else to say.

          HELLO, BALLISTIC MISSILE. We are indeed AT WAR. It’d be nice if people noticed and acted accordingly.

      2. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:31 pm

        Good god son. I was always taught that when you get drugs that good you gotta share!

        Just gog too!

      3. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:45 pm

        So you are thanking yourself for your own posts?

        Try upvoting then too!

    2. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 8:37 am

      Would you believe me if I told you the missile was planned, and that NK was already cooperating with DT?


      1. DT and KYU secretly met in December, in the Forbidden City, China. (China is helping.)

      2. Air Force One landed unexpectedly to meet w/ Pacific Command, highest level classified, to be aware of this desperate plan.
      To be ready to intercept this hopefully not aimed well missile.
      (Refueling was a ruse. AF1 can do so in air.)

      3. NK WAS CIA BASE CAMP.(Has since been liberated by Trump, US military) Enslaved, being used as a pawn. Uranium one was for NK. HRCs laptop, the Intel.

      Make no mistake, HUSSEIN OBAMA (Muslim Brotherhood, Omidyar too) and HRC/BC ARE TRAITORS.

      They armed NK w/ nukes, to either start WWIII in office, or to launch in case of capture.

      I believe KYU reached out first. He wanted liberation! Peace! Not nuclear war!

      So, why no arrests and military tribunals? There are sleeper cells embedded all over the US. Especially Deep State Occupied Hawaii. (**Doug Chin, infiltration in Courts, etc) False Flags (Vegas, FL. Yeah, let’s give up our guns, now of all times.) Bio. Dirty bombs. Who knows what ‘Kill Switches’ they have in place.

      Our President and Military have been very, very busy.

      We are indeed Unaware Hostages.

      And we need to wake up.
      This is Pearl Harbor on steroids, and this party is just getting started.

      1. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:36 pm

        Boy. That Barack guy was one hell of a smart dude to do all that!!

        And heck HRC was a total genius if she did all that too.

        And for all these years, all you called BO was a dumb nigger and HRC a stupid bitch.

        So what is it??

        1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 12:39 pm

          The sad part about you, is that you’re not a shill, it even a troll. This is you.

          I campaigned for HRC in 08, the proudly voted Obama.

          They’re actually not all that brilliant. Their handlers are masterful.

          1. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 12:42 pm


            You need a break from the slut you sleep with.

          2. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 3:58 pm

            The sad part about you RJ is you clearly went back to using the crack again.

  5. PUNATIC March 13, 2018 9:12 am

    Lord, what a bunch of chicken littles’ here…..get over it! If a missile hits here, we’re all dust anyway…..face it we’re all going to die eventually… way or another….siren that!

    1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 9:37 am

      No one is about to let HRC, Husein et al kill their family if they become aware and realize they can indeed fight back.

      1. PUNATIC March 13, 2018 11:36 am

        get your head out chicken little….your FOX Feart is as bad as texas steve dearing…..wish you’d both shut up””’you’re broken records!

  6. Steve Marino March 13, 2018 2:07 pm

    Charging citizens enormous amounts of money to have access to government records (hey, it’s OUR money, and OUR government!!!) is unconstitutional, and a farce to justice. I hope someone sues them until the cows come home, right up to the Supreme Court.

    Please forgive my lucid post. It appears that I have stumbled into some sort of over the top group therapy session. Just carry on folks.

    1. Shrewd Fallstar March 13, 2018 2:17 pm

      Sue who -The State? The Courts are also the State.

      See the set up!

      Please read some of my posts below about the true intention of this article.

  7. Hilo Jack March 13, 2018 2:46 pm

    If ANY reader wants to know why we need to eliminate not only Trump, but every goddamn republican on the face of this earth, just read Shrewd Fallstar’s (a/k/a RJ Hampton) babble below:

    Its just bat &hit crazy stuff!!!

  8. Poi March 13, 2018 3:08 pm

    Wow, no wonder he’s not releasing the records. Look at the panic from appearing to say and do nothing. What’s gonna happen when it is revealed that he really and truly was saying and doing nothing?

  9. Steve Dearing March 13, 2018 8:09 pm

    The guilty, incompetent and corrupt demo rats from lying Harry to the failed Ige Administration does not want the truth to be told. But then again neither do the fools that deny the facts of the matter. Demo rats produce failure after failure at taxpayer expense.

    1. Hilo Jack March 14, 2018 4:40 pm

      Not to be confused with the revolving door on White House employees

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