Possible- possible. Personally, I think the news jumped a little too all over that one. But something like that WAS a good propoganda tool- people were likely confused and unsure, and watching that statue topple would be a great victory for propoganda there. So they wanted to control it?
Could have been faked, but I am not so sure that it really matters in the long term... there is enough footage of other, similar acts, and I seriously doubt all of them could have been staged.
Hell, maybe they planned it, and did NOT want the masses pouring into the area because of the safety hazzard of this huge statue crashing down on a throng of people...
The EAS is the Emergency Alert System which replaced the Embergency Broadcast System in the mid-90s. As a sidenote, it is amazing that the EAS was no activated here in the DC area during the 9/11 attacks.