Anti-obama Ma­rine cap­tain told he faces dis­missal

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

SAN DIEGO | The Ma­rine Corps on Wed­nes­day no­ti­fied a sergeant who has been openly crit­i­cal of Pres­i­dent Obama that he is vi­o­lat­ing Pen­tagon pol­icy bar­ring troops from po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and that he faces dis­missal.

Camp Pendle­ton Ma­rine Sgt. Gary Stein started a Face­book page called Armed Forces Tea Party to en­cour­age fel­low ser­vice mem­bers to ex­er­cise their free-speech rights. He de­clared a few weeks ago that he would not fol­low the un­law­ful or­ders of the com­man­der in chief.

Sgt. Stein, a nine-year mem­ber of the Corps, said he did noth­ing wrong and planned to fight the charges. He had ap­plied to ex­tend his ser­vice, which was set to ex­pire in a few months.

“I’m com­pletely shocked that this is hap­pen­ing,” he said. “I’ve done noth­ing wrong. I’ve only stated what our oath states that I will de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion and that I will not fol­low un­law­ful or­ders. If that’s a crime, what is Amer­ica com­ing to?”

The Ma­rine Corps said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day that Sgt. Stein’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer or­dered a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry on March 8 af­ter re­ceiv­ing al­le­ga­tions that Sgt. Stein posted po­lit­i­cal state­ments about Mr. Obama on Face­book in vi­o­la­tion of the Pen­tagon’s di­rec­tives.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.