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Posted at 5:53 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

What is a 'Presidential Alert'?

By Ed O'Keefe


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Eye Opener

"This is a test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test..."

You've heard that warning before, but it may soon come directly from the White House.

The Federal Communications Commission has approved plans to hold the first test of a "Presidential Alert," or a broadcast warning that might be issued in the event of a serious natural disaster or terrorism threat.

It may seem like a scene out of George Orwell's "1984" or some other apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster, but government officials have wanted for years to establish a way for the White House to quickly, directly alert Americans of impending danger.

Commissioners voted last week to require television and radio stations, cable systems and satellite TV providers to participate in a test that would have them receive and transmit a live code that includes an alert message issued by the president. No date has been set for the test.

It would be a national version of the tests that already occur everyday on broadcast television stations to test a system that issues warning when tornadoes or severe thunderstorms strike or AMBER Alerts are issued for missing children.

"There's never been a test from top to bottom where it's issued by FEMA and it goes straight down to all the different levels of EAS to the American public," Lisa Fowlkes, with the FCC's public safety and homeland security bureau told Federal News Radio on Monday. "So this is a way for us to glean, okay, if there were an actual emergency and the federal government needed to activate the Presidential EAS, making sure that it actually works the way it's designed to."

Before the test, the FCC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service must work together to warn the country of the impending test by producing a national public awareness campaign.

Separately, FEMA is working on a new system that would send emergency alerts as text messages to wireless phone users. The system is still about two years away from full implementation, according to the agency.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2011; 5:53 AM ET
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Comments

betcha that when the decline of the western civilization is at hand...
there will be no presidential alerts...
if the blacks riot, it would be hate speech to notify the innocent white people...
when another airplane flies into a building, innocent muslims might be targeted...
I see only situation when the alert goes out...
when obama surrenders America to our enemies...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 8, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Presidential Alerts! The hand writing is on the wall so to speak and Wall Street and Washington knows what is comming. The example of what the average citizen in Egypt is doing...trying to get rid of it's corrupt, incompetent and despot government, soon our citizens will have no choice and will be taking to the streets themselves(unlike the Egyptian citizen our citizens are armed and most are veterans)...what this Presidential Alert nonsense is about is for the President to order martial law or something worse.
...or to announce that he finally has found his birth certificate with the birth date and time, with a real state seal and...the names of mother and probable father.

Posted by: 123Njord | February 8, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

federal employees on federal business with badges should be a part of the trusted traveler program automatically.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 8, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Getting ready for "Egypt in America"?

Posted by: wesatch | February 8, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

anarcho-liberal-tarian- Could not agree more. Already have the new one size fits all federal ID badge and trying to enroll in Trusted Traveler. Having to submit the same information for TT as I did for the badge, and submit to the same background check and interview. It is a colossal waste or resources. Especially since I need to go through this even if I want to use TT while traveling on the official State Department passport issued to federal employees traveling internationally for business.

Posted by: McCarthy911 | February 8, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Please stop the fear-mongering. If this was the Bush administration, it clearly would be like 1984, but this is The Obama Administration, so it's more like a fireside chat.

Why do you hate black people, Ed?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 8, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"in more than 100 letters sent by trade associations, businesses and some conservative groups to the House oversight committee."

Wow! Over a 100 letters from lobbyists! How can the GOP ignore this populist movement?

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 8, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

You complainers are pikers.

Want to see a real hissy fit over the presidential test? http://bit.ly/dL6rAS

Posted by: iDoGiveaFlip | February 8, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"What is a 'Presidential Alert'?"
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It's a thing they have in Russia, Egypt, N.K. and other such places where an autocrat is in power.

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 8, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Malitia Anyone. It will be your undoing!

Posted by: warning | February 8, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Who is Obama trying to protect us from??? I'm really curious... the MOSSAD, the CIA? Who by the way, WERE involved with 911. Are his handlers planning another false flag?

"Susan Lindauer, author of Extreme Prejudice, is the first CIA asset to have spoken out, under her own name and for the record, on Israeli complicity in 9/11, the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center, and the specific, detailed foreknowledge of the time, target, and means of the 9/11 attacks held throughout the months prior to 9/11 by the CIA in general and Lindauer's CIA handler, Richard Fuisz, in particular. She has also exposed her first-hand knowledge of pre-war intelligence and negotiations showing that Iraq was willing to give the US "anything it asked" and that the war was therefore--from the perspective of US interests--not only utterly unnecessary, but wildly counter-productive. Lindauer's evidence points strongly to 9/11 being a coup d'etat by hard-line Zionists determined to steer the US into a self-destructive war on Israel's enemies."

Source:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MieyIDrkJU


Israel: The Real Rogue Nuclear State
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLSlmLx4Fls

Posted by: ravenise | February 8, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Good idea, especially if he uses it to announce he was found guilty of many impeachable offenses.

Posted by: nomobarry | February 8, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Good idea, especially if he uses it to announce he was found guilty of many impeachable offenses.

Posted by: nomobarry | February 8, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately... looks like another major false flag, staged attack is all but guaranteed, I suppose we'll all be hearing what exactly from FEMA itself regardless of what we wanted to listen to.

Posted by: SomeOldDude | February 9, 2011 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately... looks like another major false flag, staged attack is all but guaranteed, I suppose we'll all be hearing what exactly from FEMA itself regardless of what we wanted to listen to.

Posted by: SomeOldDude | February 9, 2011 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately... looks like another major false flag, staged attack is all but guaranteed, I suppose we'll all be hearing what exactly from FEMA itself regardless of what we wanted to listen to.

Posted by: SomeOldDude | February 9, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

OK, how many of you actually think that allowing the President to break into every media outlet to make periodic announcements is a good thing? How close to total takeover are we, from terrorists or from the government itself? As for me, no party, no branch of government, no bank or corporation has any credibility left. Will taking over my TV inspire greater confidence? Quite the opposite.

Posted by: Heppepster | February 10, 2011 2:14 AM | Report abuse

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