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 criticizing 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 personnel, the Marine Corps said Wed..
Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his benefits for violating the policies, the Corps claimed.
The San Diego-area Marine who has served almost 10 years in the Corps said that he was disappointed by the decision. He has disagreed that he was exercising his free-speech rights.
"I love the Marine Corps, I love my job. I just wish it would not have gone this way. I am having a tricky time seeing how fifteen words on Facebook might have ruined my nine-year career," he informed The Associated Press.
Gary Kreep, an attorney for Stein, asserted he would pursue executive appeals within the Sea Corps but forecasts the effort will be denied. He revealed he planned to file an amended complaint in federal court.
"As long as he wants to chase this, we are going to be supporting him," asserted Kreep, who is executive manager of the US Justice Foundation, an advocacy group.
The Marines acted after pronouncing Stein stated March first on a Facebook page utilized by Marine meteorologists, "Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him." Stein later explained that statement asserting he wouldn't follow illegal orders.
In a hearing, a military prosecutor submitted screen grabs of Stein's postings on one Facebook page he made called Armed Forces Tea Party, that the prosecutor said included the image of Obama on a "Jackass" movie poster. Stein also superimposed Obama's image on a poster for "The Incredibles" flick that he modified to "The Horribles," military prosecutor Capt. John Torresala claimed.
Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Induct Depot San Diego, gave no reason for the decision in a short statement.
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