Marines discharge sergeant for Facebook posts
Rob Houglum. We the People Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Well, this will be one way to get the troops home. Talk Smack about Obama on Facebook and get discharged. So Much for Free Speech... I feel a wave of Revolt from the USMC and other Military forces. Hoorah!!!!
Sergeant Gary Stein of San Diego will be discharged for criticising President Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that questioned the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty army staff, the Marine Corps expounded Wed..
Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his advantages for violating the policies, the Corps declared.
The San Diego-area Marine who has served nearly 10 years in the Corps said he was unsatisfied by the choice. He has disagreed that he was exercising his free-speech rights.
"I love the Marine Corps, I love my job. I wish it wouldn't have gone this way. I am having a hard time seeing how fifteen words on Facebook could have ruined my nine-year career," he told The Associated Press.
Gary Kreep, a solicitor for Stein, said he would pursue executive appeals within the Sea Corps but foresees the effort will be denied. He said he planned to file an amended complaint in Fed. court.
"As long as he would like to follow this, we will be supporting him," recounted Kreep, who is executive director of the U. S. Justice Foundation, an advocacy group.
The Marines acted after pronouncing Stein stated March first on a Facebook page used by Marine meteorologists, "Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him." Stein later clarified that statement asserting he wouldn't follow unlawful orders.
During a hearing, an army prosecutor submitted screen grabs of Stein's postings on one Facebook page he created called Armed Forces Tea Party, that the prosecutor announced included the image of Obama on a "Jackass" film poster. Stein also superimposed Obama's image on a poster for "The Incredibles" movie that he modified to "The Horribles," military prosecutor Capt. John Torresala declared.
Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Induct Depot San Diego, gave no reason for the decision in a quick statement.
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