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Lamborn questions use of Air Force Academy informants


Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., speaks at the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Lamborn questions use of Air Force Academy informants
By Dave Philipps Updated: January 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm Published: January 16, 2014 | 9:55 pm

Members of Congress this week criticized the Air Force Academy's use of secret cadet informants, saying it was a contradiction to the academy's strict honesty oath and questioning the program's place at an academic institution.

"I'd just like to go on the record as saying I don't see how being an informant is compatible with living out the honor code," U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, said in the meeting.

Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Democrat from Massachusetts, also said, "I think we need to take a hard look about whether this is appropriate for an academic institution, because after all, you are an academic institution. This raises to me a lot of questions that are very hard for you to explain."

The comments, reported by USA Today, were made in a meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., of the academy's Board of Visitors, a 15-member civilian advisory group. The board, made up largely of members of Congress and retired Air Force brass, is charged with monitoring the institution and making recommendations.

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