Monday, November 23, 2015

confuse them with cat pics

Nov. 22, 2015
"Don't share info on situation #BrusselsLockdown that may help suspects.  Confuse them with #cat pics @Lopcute pic.twitter..." etc.


(GQ Online story by Jack Moore) -------------------- This weekend, Belgian officials locked down the city of Brussels due to a terrorist threat.

As authorities hunted for terror suspects in the city, they asked that citizens stay in their homes and refrain from posting any information about police raids on social media, lest a terror suspect be alerted to a raid and given the ability to escape. 

The people of Brussels went one further,

and turned the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown into a nonstop stream of cat pics

so that any actual information that could be helpful to terrorists would be buried among the memes.  It was a powerful and defiant response from the people of Belgium to would-be terrorists ...

Gilles Bordelaise
"This, dear outsiders, is how we fight terrorism here.  They haven't got a chance!  We haz kittens!"

This is Maartje, a cat from Ghent, Belgium.  She will not be intimidated.

"I got this"

BREAKING NEWS:  Belgium Police using the new 200mph Hovercat during terrorist operations #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter...


"May the force be with us."

...And after the all-clear was announced by officials -- with the news of arrests -- there was a sigh of relief and a message of gratitude.

-- CrisisCenter Belgium
"Thanks to the media and citizens for their silence online as asked...

Within hours, federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Syp said police wanted to thank "social media users because they took the need of this operation into account."

Police joined in on Monday, posting a picture of a dish overflowing with dry cat food "For the cats that came to our aid last evening.  Serve yourself!