Air Force nuke officers cheating scandal doubled in size
January 28th, 2014
04:52 PM ET

Air Force nuke officers cheating scandal doubled in size

By Barbara Starr

A cheating scandal by Air Force nuclear weapons officers has doubled in size, a U.S. military official told CNN.

The Air Force revealed earlier this month that 34 officers were alleged to have cheated or turned a blind eye to cheating on a proficiency exam for intercontinental missile launch officers at the Global Strike Command at Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana.

After further investigation, it appears another three dozen or so officers are also alleged to have cheated.

About 180 officers took the proficiency exam.

The alleged cheating apparently was carried out around last August and September by text and was the largest incident of its kind, the Pentagon has said.

The Air Force acknowledged the number of officers under investigation had grown but refused to offer specifics.

"To protect the integrity of the investigation, specific numbers will not be shared until the investigation is complete," said Lt. Col. William Ashworth, an Air Force spokesman.

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    Thank you @TG, how i wish to live in a world with no sin and death. Some of us our selfishness is killing us and those we live with. Corruption is sending most of us to an early grave. May the love of the Saviour touch us in a way that will deliver us from the wicked one such that we never backslide. Thank you all the Children of the loving God for praying for us, thank you for your honesty and intergrity. May the good Father increase your days you the salt of the earth. Thank you for having touched my heart in the most loving way which was undeniable. Thank you the Lord of Hosts

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    Where can honesty be found, from the workplace to the family unit to government ? Already an estimated 4 out 6 marriages end in divorce because of lack of integrity. Companies often loose goods because of stealing. Cheating, from an exam to a marital contract, is now commonplace. If the "covers" were pulled back on everyone, what would be found ? That moral corruption is so extensive as to more than shock, it would be like a massive tidal wave.

    In 2009, Transparency International acknowledged: "It is clear that no region of the world is immune to the perils of corruption." In 2011, it said that "the vast majority of the 183 countries and territories assessed score below five on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean)."

    More two-thirds of the 177 countries assessed scored below 5, showing that corruption is like a plague that unstoppable by political or human means. Moral cleanness starts with the heart, whereby a person has to want to act "clean". Thus, from any angle that humans will attempt to restrain sleaziness, it will always end in failure. Why ?

    Because, no human nor political government can "legislate" moral cleanness. The very ones who are on the bandwagon "for a change" or in high positions are often one and the same morally corrupt themselves. Only our Maker, Jehovah God, can establish an arrangement whereby everyone is genuinely honest, teaching people how to have moral integrity. It is based on love for him (Matt 22:37), with Jesus Christ showing the length to what loyal ones will go, to point of death if necessary, in order to avoid any dishonesty and disloyalty toward God.(Phil 2:8)

    The apostle Paul wrote that "we trust we have an honest conscience, as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things."(Heb 13:18) Soon, all cheating and dishonesty will be eradicated, for those who practice such will no longer exist.

    At Psalms 37, it says that "evil men will be done away with, but those hoping Jehovah will possess the earth. Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace....forever."(Ps 37:9-11, 29)

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    There must be someplace on the front lines in Afghanistan, away from the Bases which are better than many homes in the U.S., where they can put these men and women... And Cheating will not help them there!

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