Shin Bet? No. Shin Blog!
The world of Israeli blogs just got a little weirder. Never mind that anyone who made aliyah has also made a blog (We just have so much to say about our journey that and our painful visits to bureaucratic offices). But, now Shin Bet- Israel’s version of the FBI- is blogging too. Shin Bet? No, Shin Blog!
When my co-blogger (and skinny friend) Becca, sent me a link to Prime Minister Olmert’s blog, I thought, that’s creepy. I mean it is not like he is sitting at Cafe Hillel, drinking the cheapest coffee he could find on the menu, and typing a post about his tough day on the job. In fact, it is more believable that the government probably hired a professional writer, who sits at Cafe Hillel, drinking the cheapest coffee on the menu, writing posts about Olmert’s tough day on the job.
But, forget Olmert and his lame attempt to be one of the cool kids (everyone cool has a blog– duh), now Shin Bet is trying to get in on the trend. While the organization says it is using the blog as a merger attempt to recruit techies, this blogger can’t help but wonder, “what the hell is going on?”
Lets get a few things straight. The Shin Bet bloggers are going to gossip about the workplace, preach about the great benefits and tells us how to apply for a job; but, they will never reveal their identities, secret security information or the truth so what is the point? It just all seems a little much for my taste. Can you really imagine a Shin Bet techie cracking top secret codes and then writing a blog about how neat it is to work underground?
I feel like I missed a report in the news about a new Blog Committee in the Knesset. Did you hear about the committee? It seems like their goal is to waste tax payers’ money and create lame blogs for each government sector. At this rate we can expect lame blogs from the Foreign Ministry, Education and the Pensioners (first they have to learn how to use the internet).
That’s a lot of cheap coffee.
As I too work for an “FBI” type of agency, I was able to get my hands on Shin Bet Agent ?’s blog. Here is a short excerpt from today’s post:
“Today I had coffee from the NIS 2 machine. Except when you work for Shin Bet, the coffee is only NIS 1. Cool huh? Think about it, you can have two coffees a day instead of one. That’s why I love this job. Also, sometimes they bring us the same meals as the Prime Minister. They taste awesome. We are supposed to be checking them for any trace of poison, but most of the time we don’t find anything and can take the plate home with us. Tell me what other job has benefits like these?”