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US sergeant discharged for criticising Obama on Facebook


By John Glenday | Reporter

April 26, 2012 | 2 min read

A Sergeant in the US marines is to be discharged by the Pentagon after posting criticism of President Obama on Facebook.

On March 1 Gary Stein wrote on a Marines Facebook page: “Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him.”

Stein also created an Armed Forces Tea Party page in which he superimposed an image of Obama onto a ‘Jackass’ movie poster.

The Pentagon, which has a zero tolerance social media policy and expressly rescinds the right to free speech for any soldier on active duty, took immediate action to discharge the marine.

Reacting to his other-than-honourable discharge, Stein told AP: “I love the Marine Corps, I love my job. I wish it wouldn't have gone this way. I'm having a hard time seeing how 15 words on Facebook could have ruined my nine-year career.”

Tom Umberg, a former Army colonel and military prosecutor, said: "The Marine Corps gave him the opportunity to think about his actions, yet the sergeant continued to undermine the chain of command. I think his purpose was to leave the Marine Corps in a dramatic fashion in order to begin a career in talk radio or what have you."


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