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A Marine review board has recommended the dismissal

A United States Marine may be dismissed from the military for posting negative comments about U.S. President Barack Obama on Facebook.

Gary Stein, 26, a meteorologist at Camp Pendleton, posted on Facebook that he refused to follow orders given by Obama. These comments were posted on a Facebook page called the Armed Forces Tea Party.

This isn't Stein's first bout of trouble in the military. The Marine, who has served almost nine years including a tour of duty in Iraq, also got in trouble for comments that he posted on the Armed Forces Tea Party page back in 2010. At that point, he was simply told to put a disclaimer on the page saying that it was in no way affiliated with the U.S. military.

But this time, the Marines believe Stein has gone too far. After posting that he refused to follow Obama's orders, Stein later removed the comments saying that he meant only unlawful orders.

Now, a Marine Corps review board has ruled that Stein should be dismissed with a less-than-honorable discharge for his Facebook comments. This decision came after a 13-hour hearing and one hour deliberation by the board.

This recommendation will be sent to Brigadier General Daniel Yoo, who is commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot. He is then expected to make a decision regarding Stein's fate within 30 days.

The Marines are taking Stein's actions very seriously, considering the fact that Marines take an oath to defend the Constitution and obey the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which means Marines cannot partake in political activities while in uniform.

Stein was due to either re-enlist or end his enlistment at the end of July.

This particular case is just another reminder that social media is being watched very closely by overheads such as employers and schools. For instance, employees and applicants at the Maryland Department of Corrections were forced to hand over their Facebook emails and passwords so that employers could take a look at their employees' private lives. Later, the government simply asked employees to log into their Facebook pages right in front of them. In addition, an Indiana high school student was recently expelled for posting foul language on Twitter, even though he supposedly tweeted it from home.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Should know better
By Ristogod on 4/9/2012 10:31:37 AM , Rating: 2
It's one of the reasons I left the military. You are expected to surrender too many natural rights and freedoms. I felt like I voluntarily entered our prison system when I was there.

The military isn't for everyone. I realized that I could do more for my country outside of the military than within it. Sure when you contribute to your economy and community in a healthy manner, it doesn't get you the blind admiration of the ignorant "Support the Troops" bumper sticker crowd. But I don't know if there's any saving those lazy thought based individuals.

RE: Should know better
By Gondor on 4/9/2012 11:14:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yet this is precisely how military works; everybody is expected to follow orders, not to question them.

Obama is currently commander-in-chief and while this guy may not like him it doesn't somehow make him right to disobey the orders that are not unlawful. If everybody had their way the chain of command would cease to exist and the military as a force would crumble. It's just like many other lines of work ... One can't be a professional basketball player who refuses to run, jump and shoot just because he dislikes his coach either.

RE: Should know better
By ssnova703 on 4/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: Should know better
By mcnabney on 4/9/2012 12:23:25 PM , Rating: 3
Please cite an example of an active duty service member doing that without any response.

RE: Should know better
By Spuke on 4/9/2012 3:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
Please cite an example of an active duty service member doing that without any response.
I was in during Bush, it wasn't tolerated then nor will it ever be (and shouldn't).

RE: Should know better
By Reclaimer77 on 4/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: Should know better
By Spuke on 4/9/2012 3:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a guy blowing off some steam. And he should have every right to do so. If we ask them to die for our freedoms, they should enjoy those very same ones we do.
NOT ON FACEBOOK!!! We have/had plenty of opportunities for "blowing off steam". I've done my fair share as has any other soldier/sailor. But you do NOT bad mouth your Commander-in-chief in PUBLIC especially during a war. If it was me, he'd be swinging. Sorry.

RE: Should know better
By tng on 4/9/2012 4:32:28 PM , Rating: 2
Agree, how long will it take before people who are on Facebook will come to the realization that things you say there can be used against you?

I really am beginning to think that maybe Facebook is just another stage of Darwin's Law at work. Facebook is weeding out people who don't think before they speak publicly and their standing is therefore diminished and their genes don't move to the next generation.

RE: Should know better
By Reclaimer77 on 4/9/12, Rating: -1
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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