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 personnel, the Marine Corps expounded Wednesday.
Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose almost all of his benefits for violating the policies, the Corps declared.
The San Diego-area Marine who has served nearly 10 years in the Corps said he was disappointed by the choice. He has disagreed that he was exercising his freedom of speech rights.
"I love the Marine Corps, I adore my job. I wish it wouldn't have gone this way. I am having a difficult time seeing how fifteen words on Facebook might have ruined my nine-year career," he told The Associated Press.
Gary Kreep, a solicitor for Stein, asserted he would pursue administrative appeals within the Marine Corps but forecasts the effort will be denied. He revealed he planned to file an amended complaint in Fed court.
"As long as he would like to pursue this, we're going to be supporting him," asserted Kreep, who is executive director of the US Justice Foundation, an advocacy group.
The Marines acted after saying Stein stated March first on a Facebook page utilized by Marine meteorologists, "Screw Obama and I won't follow all orders from him." Stein later explained that statement saying he wouldn't follow illegal orders.
During a hearing, an army prosecutor submitted screen grabs of Stein's postings on one Facebook page he made called Armed Forces Tea Party, that the prosecutor declared included the picture of Obama on a "Jackass" film poster. Stein also superimposed Obama's image on a poster for "The Incredibles" motion picture that he modified to "The Horribles," army 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 brief statement.
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