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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: He was just defending the constitution!
By tng on 4/9/2012 2:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
BTW just for clarity, the new laws allow the military to arrest people on US Soil, which is clearly unconstitutional. It also lets not just Obama, but any POTUS that comes after him, what amount to dictatorial powers over individual US citizens.

While Obama himself may not ever call the Pentagon to have some US citizen on US soil arrested and detained under this law, can we trust the next person in the office? Or the next? At some point someone will abuse the law, just a matter of time, just like it was found that individuals at the FBI had been using the Patriot Act inappropriately.


RE: He was just defending the constitution!
By Spuke on 4/9/2012 3:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
BTW just for clarity, the new laws allow the military to arrest people on US Soil, which is clearly unconstitutional.
NO they do not. I looked it up myself. Hype and hysteria.


RE: He was just defending the constitution!
By tng on 4/9/2012 4:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
NO they do not. I looked it up myself. Hype and hysteria.
Hate to disagree with you, but here is what Forbes said about it...

quote:
President Obama said “I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”

Worse, the NDAA authorizes the military to detain even US citizens under the broad new anti-terrorism provisions provided in the bill, once again without trial. There is some controversy on this point, in part because the law as written is entirely too vague.


There are more credible sources out there, but I would call that more than just hype and hysteria.

The fact that these laws act hand in hand with provisions in the Patriot Act, makes me think that at some level the people in power in DC are becoming afraid of what the populations reaction will be if the economy really does go into depression.


RE: He was just defending the constitution!
By Spuke on 4/9/2012 4:23:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hate to disagree with you, but here is what Forbes said about it...
Hate to disagree with you but the final provision of that bill did not have that in there.


By tng on 4/9/2012 4:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
Really, then what did the President sign, and made the comment about?

He had originally wanted the provisions out of the bill, but then did sign it. In essence what the President signs is the final version, otherwise it would not have made it to his desk.


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