Shin Bet launches Arabic, English Web sites to soften its image

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has launched English and Arabic Web sites, the agency's latest move to lift its traditional shroud of secrecy and improve its image. The slick new Web sites, which debuted Monday, include video footage of air strikes, arrest raids, VIP security squads and live-fire training, complete with action-movie music pulsing in the background. Tired of being associated with dark cellars, covert operations and allegations of torture of Palestinian suspects, the Shin Bet is seeking to open up and emphasize its technological and research advances, and wrap the agency in a kinder, softer exterior, as evidenced by the new Internet sites.