Marines seek guidance on social media after anti-Obama posts
Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary, staff judge advocate to the commandant, is asking the Pentagon to incorporate social-media guidelines into its policy covering political activity in uniform.
The letter stated that Marine Corps staff was being instructed to contact the Defense Department to recommend an update to "provide service members with additional guidance on how to use social media in a responsible manner."
This came in response to a letter Hunter sent Tuesday urging the Corps to withdraw discharge proceedings against Sgt. Gary Stein and update the directive. Hunter spoke out in Stein's defense last week, stating that the Corps would lose the majority of its force if it kicked everyone out based on political speech.
DoD directive 1344.10 is the one Ary is suggesting be changed. It addresses appropriate political activities for service members. Stein was told he violated Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice by failing to adhere to that directive after criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.
Ary does not advocate for Stein in the letter.
"I am confident that the leadership at (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) San Diego will make the very best decision in Sgt. Stein's case in accordance with time-honored and well-known Marine Corps standards," the letter states.
Stein faced a Marine Corps administrative separation board Thursday after his commander recommended he be discharged from the Corps. After a daylong hearing, the three-person board -- made up of a lieutenant colonel, a major and a sergeant major -- recommended that Stein receive an other-than-honorable discharge. This could cause Stein to lose his Veterans Affairs benefits and never find another government job again.
Social media sites are posing new challenges to military leadership. Stein is not the only Marine to vent his disdain for a commander in chief on Facebook. But with more than 27,000 followers on his Facebook page, Armed Forces Tea Party, Stein's message is being heard.
Philip Cave, a retired Navy judge advocate who practices military law as a civilian, said Stein got himself into real trouble by running the Facebook page.
"Armed Forces Tea Party conveys a message that he's holding a political group just like the Tea Party of Virginia or Tea Party of Texas," Cave said.
Brig. Gen. Daniel Woo, Stein's commanding general, now will decide whether to uphold the board's other-than-honorable discharge recommendation. In the meantime, Stein continues to work, but the Corps has taken away his computer privileges.
Stein said other Marines should realize that what they say on Facebook can be held against them.
"Marines need to know, whether it be a status update or anything, that they're being watched like Big Brother," he said. "They need to watch what they say."
Sgt. Stein's next hearing is in Federal Court Friday, April 13, San Diego. Seeking an injunction to stop the discharge proceedings. Remember, Sgt. Stein has NEVER been charged with any crimes under the UCMJ. The Marine Corps is trying to admin him out of the service through the back door, denying him the right to a fair and legal judicial hearing.
"We feel that Sergeant Stein's rights were not protected at the hearing," Brewer (Stein's attorney) said. "We think that the CASE LAW is clear in saying that men and women in the military do not give up their First Amendment rights."
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It will be the marines, who would have to clean that usurpator's nest. The real heroes are Lt. T. Lakin, Sgt. Gary Stein and still only few others. Time will tell, but it boils down to HIM or US, WE THE PEOPLE.
So, Jerry, let's start the impeachment process ----- NOW!
I am all for starting the impeachment, but how.? He has the majority of the Congress running in fear. He seems to have the Congress treed like hound dog instead of the other way around. Congress is running around with its tail between its legs, whimpering in fear. Would that they would take an example from this Marine hero and Col. Lakin. Instead of the saying we used to have for our heroes,"Where do such men like these come from?" We need to say "Where in the world do these spineless wimps called Congressmen come from"?
Looking at this from a logical point of view (fancy talk for Layman-speak), I too see the commander being in swampy ground. But then again we have to keep in mind that one of the most slippery and slimiest pieces of putrid vomit is the top dirt-bag at DOJ. I'm sure Eric Holder can find some fancy bull-sh*t lawyer crap to pass on to be used against Marine Sgt. Gary Stein. We all know how Holders Marxist boss, Barack Obama, has paper thin skin, so he has to punish this Patriot for hurting his feelings.
Yes Marine Sgt. Gary Stein... WE GOT YOUR BACK!
This little twerp and wannabe dictator, Barack Hussein Barry Sotoro Obama is one of those Domestic Enemies referred to in our oath of office. This Marine is simply obeying that Oath he took to protect and defend this country and it's Constitution from all it's enemies both foreign and domestic! I join the group who have declared they have this Marine's Back. Enough is enough, this so called commander-in-chief has already thrown another honorable Military Officer, Col. Lakin to the dogs because the Col. had to audacity to stand up to him. This guy is a louse, who wouldn't last an hour in the Marines, he is fraud thru and thru. He an arrogant skunk that stinks to high heaven, but has a yellow stripe down his back, instead of the respectable skunk with a white stripe.
ve his back. It is after all Freedom Of Speech. Obama wants to take away all of our rights. He should not touch any of them. Our Country was Made under God our Creator. Not for just and religeon to use. The muslims can not use our constitution unless they take an Oath to protect our Constitution from harm and are under God ONLY. Not Allah the God. GOD!! Under GOD and Country USA!!! WE THE PEOPLE TRUST IN GOD AMEN
How do we have his back? Have crashed the US marine website? Have we jammed their phone lines with phone calls?
We did it when the Seals were going to be prosecuted, and we won. We need and continuous, concerted blitz on congress, the WH, the joint chiefs and everyone else we can think of.
I think we can effectively "have his back," but we haven't done it yet.
I agree Terminator Girl!
to sgt stein,first sir i salute you for your service to our country,second there are thousands upon thousand of people who respect and are with you sir,god bless and keep you.you sir have done more then any of the politicians,who took an oath also to protect and defend the constitituion but from we the peoples view,none of these so called politicians have done anything to first question this president and his administration,they will not even question obamas credentials to even be president,and we the people have been asking that very question,and the silence from these politicians is deafing,they are aiding and abetting a treasonous trader and by allowing this ineligible president to remain in office they them selves become a threat to the constitituion and will be held accountably by we the people of america,2nd the medias blackout is nothing less then treason.and we the people have noted,filed and been alerted to this scandal.we the people applaud you sgt stein.god bless ron paul,sheriff joe and cold case posse,and all american veterans and all american citizens.we the people are the real government.not these do nothing disgraceful so called politicians.one nation under god