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Obama Criticizing Marine Faces Disciplinary Panel

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Sergent Gary Stein faced a disciplinary panel which by all accounts has suggested that he be discharged from the Marine Corps. with an “other than honorable” discharge. The findings of the 13-hour hearing and an hour of deliberation will be presented to Brigadier General Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, where Stein is stationed. He is expected to make a decision within 30 days, according to Major Mike Armistead, a Marine Corps spokesman.

The entire controversy comes from posting on Facebook where Sgt. Stein referred to President Barack Obama as the enemy and said that he would refuse any orders from the commander-in-chief. This is not the first time that he has done this. In 2010, he got in similar trouble with the Marine Corps and was advised to post a disclaimer that the Armed Forces Tea Party is not affiliated with the Armed Forces.

Saul Gonzalez formKCRW interviewed the Sergent and this is what he had to say:

So as you can see from the interview, he has no remorse for the things he has said, nor should he. He also needs to realize that the things that he has said cannot and will not be tolerated in the military. You do not criticize your senior officers let alone the highest ranking military member, the President of the United States. One of the reasons the U.S. military is the most successful and feared fighting forces in the world is their ability to fight for the flag on their shoulder and not the person who is giving the orders. As soon as the military starts to allow dissent amongst it’s members, the cohesive fighting force that we all know and love will cease to exist and America will no longer be able to project it’s influence and power.

ACLU atty argues that attempt to boot Sgt. Gary Stein will have a chilling effect on all Marines regarding free speech issues.(image) 4 days ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Should Marine Sgt. Gary Stein be kicked out Marines? He called Obama “the domestic enemy.” Said he would not follow some orders from Obama.(image) 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Dear Prez, Quit worrying about whether the Masters should admit women and call Sgt. Gary Stein and offer your support for free speech. ME(image) 3 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Obama Criticizing Marine Faces Disciplinary Panel
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  • JOhn

    “highest ranking military member”?

    He does have the right to criticize a senior official it’s called FREEDOM OF SPEECH. So freedom of Speech is only limited until you start talking about their policies that’s the way it works around here doesn’t it.

    “FLAG ON THEIR SHOULDER”

    That flag has been tainted and it’s no longer the same one. Our founding fathers would be disgusted at how AMERICA has become.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      Um, no. As a member of the marines, he DOES NOT have the right–first amendment or otherwise–to be insubordinate to higher ranking officers. Before you spout of with that kind of nonsense, you might want to look up the UCMJ before talking about something you clearly have no idea about:

      “Article 88 of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) makes it a crime for a commissioned officer to use ‘contemptuous words’ against the President, Vice-President, Secretary of Defense, and other specified high government officials. Enlisted members can be prosecuted under Article 134 for using similar words. The words have to be ‘to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, or conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.’”

    • Mark Jonson

      If you are so sick of this country, feel free to find yourself another one to live in.

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