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Honolulu News Conference Saturday – Counterterrorism expert Andy Martin charges that Hawaii officials repeatedly ignore risks to critical infrastructure

November 18, 2017

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Announcement of Honolulu news conference Saturday, November 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Attention: Hawai’i, national daybook/assignment and emergency management editors

November 18 Honolulu news conference details:

Who:

Counterterrorism expert and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin criticizes Hawai’i officials for repeated failures to protect critical infrastructure

What:

Andy says Governor Ige’s emergency management and counterterror protection teams are either incompetent or ignoring risks to Hawaii’s critical infrastructure

Where:

Corner of Kalia Road and Ala Moana Boulevard, by Fort DeRussy sign, Honolulu

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When:

Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10:00 A.M.

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Andy Martin says a routine fire Wednesday in Honolulu was “yet another wake-up call” to Hawaii officials that their emergency management/counterterror preparations are deficient

Over the past several years Andy has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials of serious counterterror risks to the Aloha state

Andy says an air of “pakololo politics” pervades counterterrorism and emergency management preparation in Hawaii

(Honolulu, HI) (November 17, 2017) Counterterrorism expert and current New Hampshire congressional candidate Andy Martin, who is in Honolulu as part of a round-the-world reprise of his original 1967 efforts as an independent national security and intelligence analyst, will hold a Honolulu news conference Saturday, November 18th to accuse Hawaii officials of repeatedly failing to take counterterrorism and emergency management seriously.

“Several years ago we conducted a risk analysis of an Al Qaeda wannabe who was arrested in Manoa,” Andy says. “He was operating in a neighborhood not far from the University of Hawaii. Police took the matter casually. Little changed.

“Two years ago we helped expose a boat that was sitting abandoned in Honolulu harbor for years while it was being used for improper purposes. The Coast Guard and Honolulu harbor officials were asleep. The Coast Guard was irritated we pointed out their deficient port security measures but they responded to my demands to expeditiously remove the boat. Mission accomplished. I think my local associates do a better job of flagging potential risks than public officials and agencies.

“Fifty years ago I began a career as an independent national security and intelligence analyst. In sections, I am going back around the world as part of my annual threat analysis and assessment, revisiting some of my stops a half century ago before I have to devote full-time to my congressional campaign in 2018.

“I was excited to arrive in Hawai’i fifty years ago, and I am excited to return and see close friends. But I am concerned that a spirit of ‘pakololo politics’ pervades the state, with officials from the governor on down not taking counterterrorism seriously.

“Ever since I began to study terrorism and revolutionary war movements seriously in 1965, and opened what may have been the first counterterror office at the World Trade Center in New York in 1974, I have seen how some states and cities respond, and others ignore the perils. Several Sundays ago I was at a luncheon in lower Manhattan and I said to a colleague, “we can’t ignore the counterterror risk to our facilities…’ Two days later, a terrorist struck New York. In Hawai’i, external threats are not taken seriously.

“Last Wednesday a routine fire disrupted critical infrastructure in Honolulu (please see link [1] below). Cause of the fire? Unknown. Possibly because of a ‘homeless encampment.’ Do state officials and local emergency management officers know where their infrastructure is routed? Where it is exposed? Is there an inventory? A management plan? The HFD was totally unaware that in responding to a ‘routine’ fire it was in reality addressing an attack, knowingly or unknowingly, on critical infrastructure.

“If a homeless person can disrupt serious communications assets, think what even a wannabe terrorist could accomplish. This is not good enough. I blame the governor, I blame state officials and I blame city officials for lack of planning, lack of management and lack of a coordinated response. This time the disruption was manageable. Next time the city may not be so lucky,” Andy says.

To contact Andy in Honolulu: (917) 664-9329

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LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

[1] http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/11/17/hawaii-news/officials-havent-pinned-down-cause-as-fire-disrupts-phones-internet-cable/

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Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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