Marine Sgt. Gary Stein, the man who openly criticized President Obama on Facebook is being booted from the Corp. with an “other-than-honorable discharge” order which will force the Marine to lose most of his benefits after serving his country for nearly 10 years.
Among his Facebook comments Sgt. Stein at one time wrote:
“Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him.”
After making that statement Stein came out and clarified that he was only referring to “unlawful” orders from the President.
Speaking to the Associated Press Stein says he was simply taking part in the freedom of speech:
“I love the Marine Corps, I love my job,” and “I wish it wouldn’t have gone this way.”
Sgt. Stein attempted to block the military discharge however a federal judge denied that request. In their ruling U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff declared that the Marine Corp. has the right to call any soldiers comments into question under the Pentagon’s policies that involve social media and the speech of active military members.
The US military has policies in place to deal with active military members speech since the Civil War, as part of those policies active armed forces members are not allowed to criticize the commander in chief.
In the meantime Stein’s defense attorney Marine Capt. James Baehr argued during an April 5 hearing:
“Think about how dangerous this could be if the U.S. government can prosecute you for something you say on your private Facebook page.”
When someone joins the military they essentially sign their lives over to the US Government for an agreed upon amount of time, in this case I would argue that Gary Stein broke his contract by not following all Pentagon stipulated rules, he can argue freedom of speech all day and night but our military men and women have rules to follow and they are suppose to follow them religiously.