Marine Sargent Discharged for Criticizing Obama on Facebook

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Marine Sgt. Gary Stein Discharged for Criticizing Obama

Members of the U.S. military be careful of exercising your First Amendment right of free speech.

Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his benefits for posting these eleven words on Facebook:

“Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him.”

The San Diego-area Marine who has served nine years in the Corps was reflective on the Marines decision to discharge him. “I love the Marine Corps, I love my job. I wish it wouldn’t have gone this way,” he told The Associated Press.

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16 Responses to Marine Sargent Discharged for Criticizing Obama on Facebook

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    There is a big difference between running your mouth and actually refusing to carry out orders from the Commander in Chief.

    I think we’re in a new era or social media and Americans in and out of the military using site like Facebook and Twitter to express their frustrations.

    The question I would ask is, how many tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan has Sgt. Stein had to endure prior to posting this comment? Maybe he was just venting.

  2. Sara says:

    Well, if he was venting about his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, he should have said
    “Screw Bush.”
    We can conclude that he was too stupid to be a Marine.

  3. The Real Adam says:

    Four, five and six tours of duty result in emotional, physical and psycological fatique.

    Stein took a big risk posting this comment. Hindsight is 20/20 and he probably should’ve avoided social media to say “Screw Obama.” I would like to see President Obama intervene for him but my guess is, he won’t.

  4. Harry says:

    I say screw the military. Gary Stein is hot. He should do porn. He would make a fortune.

  5. Mets Fan says:

    President Obama is the Commander in Chief. Like the war or not (I hate it), when you enlist, you learn to keep your views to yourself.

    Stein isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

  6. DMason says:

    I say screw the military. Gary Stein is hot. He should do porn. He would make a fortune.

    I like how you think, Harry! 😉

  7. Estacada says:

    Is Stein so lame that he doesn’t know Facebook has 900 million members?

    Hey, I’m all for Free Speech and I respect his 9 years of service to this country but, what you say on Facebook and Twitter, becomes a permanent entry in the universe. There’s no retracting a post or a comment. If you’re not willing to accept this, avoid social media.

  8. Tena says:

    I think a dishonorable discharge is extreme. I mean, nine years of exemplary service accounts for nothing? Just seems reactionary if you ask me.

  9. Carpe Diem says:

    Sgt. Gary Stein has a right to his opinion. But he was a US Marine when he posted he would not follow orders from the Presindet of the United States of America.

    This Marine committed a crime against the Military Code of Conduct. He besmirched the reputation of America and the pride of the U.S. Marines.

    I too respect his service to country but, as a US Marine, he learned in boot camp that the president is the Commander in Chief — without regard to political party or whether or not you agree with his decision to send your ass into war.

    The actions taken by the U.S. Marines against Sgt. Gary Stein were appropriate.

  10. Rachel says:

    Carpe Diem is correct. Both of my brothers were in the military. One in the Army and one in the Navy. They both served honorably and both told me they vehemently opposed the Iraq war. But I didn’t know their views until they were out of the service.

  11. Big Hank says:

    Stein had no business saying this. Not as long as he wore the uniform.

  12. fran says:

    Jeez, if Stein figured out privacy settings, only those he allowed would be able to view his posts.
    Being lame is not an excuse. The military is his employer & he did a stupid thing. When you are in the military, you take this oath:

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    Not a lot of gray zones in that verbiage.

    I’ll also point out there was a soldier Ehren Watada, who argued that the preemptive war in Iraq was illegal, and he refused to participate. Watada refused to deploy for his unit’s assigned rotation to Operation Iraqi Freedom, saying he believed the war to be illegal and that, under the doctrine of command responsibility, it would make him party to war crimes.

    Strange that Stein was OK w the Bush Doctrine & War Crimes, but can’t handle Obama.
    Maybe he’s mad the wars are winding down???

  13. fran says:

    LOL! His lawyer’s name is Kreep!

    a comment above said ” nine years of exemplary service “….
    the article implies not exactly exemplary….. it said he was “given warnings” (plural) to stop.
    It’s the Marines ! they are not known for soft negotiations & progressive thinking,
    He did not do ONE post ONE day & w/o warning get thrown out.

    During a hearing, a military prosecutor submitted screen grabs of Stein’s postings on one Facebook page he created called Armed Forces Tea Party, which the prosecutor said included the image of Obama on a “Jackass” movie poster. Stein also superimposed Obama’s image on a poster for “The Incredibles” movie that he changed to “The Horribles,” military prosecutor Capt. John Torresala said.
    At the hearing this month at Camp Pendleton, Torresala argued that Stein’s behavior repeatedly violated Pentagon policy and he should be dismissed after ignoring warnings from his superiors about his postings.
    The military has had a policy since the Civil War limiting the free speech of service members, including criticism of the commander in chief.
    Pentagon directives say military personnel in uniform cannot sponsor a political club; participate in any TV or radio program or group discussion that advocates for or against a political party, candidate or cause; or speak at any event promoting a political movement.
    Commissioned officers also may not use contemptuous words against senior officials.

  14. Randy Arroyo says:

    Kreep? Hehehehehe. OMG. It just gets better and better.

  15. Joe in Colorado says:

    Missed commenting yesterday because my modem died. Like no lights died. So I got a new one from Time Warner and here I am! Woo Hoo! Can’t add much other than when you enlist in any of the four branches of the military, you swear to uphold the Military Code of Conduct. This means you don’t dishonor the Commander in Chief by talking smack. You shut up and do as told, even when you disagree. Sgt. Gary Stein appeared to forget this. Good riddance to him.

  16. mommaduck46 says:

    I guess if you enlist, the government owns you body, soul, and brain. If Obama is reelected, this country will get closer and closer to the swirling down of the toilet drain!!!!

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