from Off Grid Survival:
While the emergency management community heralds the new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) as a great technological achievement that will save a number of lives, some in the privacy community are not so sure. It seems the new alert system may have a dark side.
One not so publicized feature of the new WEA system is the presidential alert feature. Without the ability to opt-out, your cell phone will now be able to receive presidential alerts directly from the President of the United States.
In compliance with the National Alerting Program, new cell phones will all be chipped to allow these alerts. For those with older cell phones, software upgrades will be loaded to their phones through the phones connection with the cell network.
While government officials insist the Presidential Alerts will only be used in the case of a national emergency, what constitutes an national emergency has yet to be defined.