US Marine faces discipline for Facebook critique of Obama

By REUTERS
March 23, 2012 01:56

SAN DIEGO - The US Marine Corps has begun disciplinary action against a Marine sergeant for comments he posted on Facebook saying he would refuse to follow orders of US President Barack Obama.

Major Michael Armistead, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, said on Wednesday the corps was taking action against Sergeant Gary Stein over allegations he "posted political statements about the president of the United States on his Facebook web page 'Armed Forces Tea Party.'"

The comment in question has since been removed from the page, and Stein, 26, told the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper he could not remember it precisely.

However, he said it was part of a debate about punishment faced by NATO and US personnel over burning copies of the Koran in Afghanistan last month and paraphrased himself as stating: "I say screw Obama. I will not follow orders given by him to me."

Stein said he later clarified online that he meant he would not follow "unlawful orders" from the president, the commander in chief of the US armed forces.


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