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  (Source: boston.com)
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 FITCamaro on 4/9/2012 12:19:06 PM , Rating: 0
The sad part is that those in prison get more love from this administration than those in the military. My friends who served 20+ years are outraged at the coming cuts in Tri-care and the cost increases while those who sit behind desks have no such cuts or cost increases coming.

My attitude is that if you want to make the case for cutting military benefits, that's fine. But you don't take away benefits promised to people when they signed up. You have all these veterans, especially in recent years, that have put their lives on the line, some of whom were gravely injured, and the current administration wants to do nothing but slash their benefits. Obama has even called them greedy for not wanting to pay more for care of injuries sustained while serving their country.


RE: Should know better
By FITCamaro on 4/9/12, Rating: 0
RE: Should know better
By Spuke on 4/9/2012 3:18:24 PM , Rating: 3
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All the down ratings. Not a single defense for the cuts on military health care benefits. Because there is no defense for it.
There's always cuts after wars. Nothing to do with who's in office. We're finishing up a large one so there's going to be large cuts. Sure it sucks but that's the way it is.


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