March 5, 2012
The Armed Forces Tea Party reports that Camp Pendleton Marine Gary Stein is being officially investigated for making disloyal comments about Obama. “The comments in question were made by his personal Facebook profile during a discussion about ‘NATO allowing the trial of US Troops for burning the Koran’ on a Facebook Group and since been deleted,” a post today explains.
Stein created the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page in April of 2010 as a way to make public his opposition to Obamacare. In response to superior officers asking Stein to review Department of Defense directives on political activities, the Marine removed the page. It was revived hours later by a civilian member of a local Tea Party group.
“I’m speaking as Gary Stein, not as Sgt. Gary Stein,” he told FoxNews.com. “I just want to give my daughter the greatest country that we can, just like my parents gave me. I want her to inherit the America I know we can be.”
The Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page explains that Stein is being charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 134, which “authorizes the prosecution of offenses not specifically detailed by any other article: all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty,” according to Wikipedia.
The military has taken a hard line on political activity by soldiers in recent months. In January, Army reservist Cpl. Jesse Thorsen took the stage at a political event in Iowa and expressed his support for presidential candidate Ron Paul. “His foreign policy is by far, hands down better than any other candidate’s out there,” Thorsen told Paul’s supporters.
Army Reserve spokeswoman Maj. Angel Wallace told the Associated Press participating in a partisan political event in uniform is a violation of Defense Department rules and the military is reviewing whether Thorsen could face legal ramifications.
In February, Paul’s campaign said they received more donations from active-duty military than all of the other presidential candidates combined, including Barack Obama.