The Air Force Academy defended its use of confidential informants after a former football and soccer player said he was expelled because of misconduct linked to providing information.
The academy said informants provide vital information about criminal activity, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported this week. They are instructed to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while helping the Air Force Office of Special Investigations gather information on drug use, sexual assault and other cadet misconduct, the newspaper said.
Cadet Eric Thomas, who was expelled from the academy this year, said he became an informant when he was pressured by OSI agents after he attended an off-campus party that was raided by police.
Thomas, 24, said OSI ordered him to infiltrate academy cliques by wearing recorders, setting up drug buys, tailing suspected rapists and feeding information to investigators. He said he was regularly directed by agents to break academy rules.
He said he helped ge...