…they find this,
Controversial but Necessary
A recently released Air Force Office of Special Investigations report found that the use of Air Force Academy cadets as confidential informants was a “controversial” but “necessary” investigative tool. The report noted that a “lack of specific training given to agents new” was an area “needing attention.” It added, that “this lack of training and solid knowledge of the cadet wing,” did “put new agents at a decided disadvantage when dealing with cadets.” The issue first came to light after the Colorado Springs Gazette posted an article claiming USAFA recruited cadets to spy on each other. The Gazette article cited several former informants who claimed the program directly contradicted the Academy’s honor code policy. The report acknowledges this “apparent conflict with a cadet CI’s need to possibly lie or deceive people to do his or her CI job” was the “most controversial,” but said the “recognition of a higher good” was the “best possible resolution to this controversy.” Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said she was “pleased with the thorough and extensive review of the OSI confidential information program and concur with the report’s recommendations.” She added that “any future use of cadets as CIs will only occur with my approval and strict oversight.” (See also Academy Snitches.) (USAFA release)
This article was in my morning “staff meeting” (from the Air Force Association.)
Now, I am not an Academy Grad, but I hold the institution in very high esteem. (I applied, but wasn’t “bright enough.” Or, at least I thought so, until I met a few Grads…) Anyway, ever since I read this, this morning, why do they seem to think this program necessary in the first place. Has it come to this? Where we spy on our fellow cadets? Is this the ground work for “political officers” in active duty units? It sure smacks of it, and I think it sucks!
I think PC (political correctness) is destroying the very fiber of the Officer Corps, and the entire military itself. My Air Force is almost hardly recognizable anymore. A friend told me that I wouldn’t last past 0900 on a Monday morning in the Air Force these days. That kinda pissed me off – with what I am seeing I would be out the gate by 0730!
It seems the military has become one “social experiment” after another – and I am sick of it. The Air Force seems to be capitulating to one “special interest group” after another. First wiccans, then gays, muslims and who know what next?
The whole idea of cadets spying on cadets just gives me the creeps. Of course, “I don’t understand,” do I General Johnson? Bicon….