Anti-obama Marine captain told he faces dismissal
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.