Honor and deception
The Gazette - Dave Philipps, 12/01/13
A secretive Air Force program recruits academy students to inform on fellow cadets and disavows them afterward
Eric Thomas came to the academy as a soccer player, but soon became a spy. (Photo courtesy Eric Thomas)
Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students.
Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports.