Marine Sgt. Gary Stein has learned that the Corps will take “administrative action” against him for saying on his blog that he will not follow “unlawful orders.” After learning that action will be taken, Stein said he has “only stated what our oat states, that I will defend the constitution and that I will not follow unlawful orders.” The Pentagon says troops are prohibited from “political activities.”
Stein said in addition to being discharged, he would have his rank reduced to lance corporal if he is proven to be in violation. He said he was removed from his job at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego on Wednesday and given a desk job with no access to computers.
According to Pentagon directives, military personnel in uniform cannot sponsor a political club; participate in any TV or radio program or group discussion that advocates for or against a political party, candidate or cause; or speak at any event promoting a political movement. Commissioned officers also may not use contemptuous words against senior officials, including the defense secretary or the president.Source: Fox News
During The Time of Obama’s seemingly anti-gun administration, there has been a lot of conversation about government disarming the populace. There have been no calls to do so, of course, but nevertheless, we do think about these things. Stein mused about it in writing and is now in trouble. He was also critical of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s stance on Syria. Panetta told Congress that the President does not need Congressional approval to send troops into a war zone.
Note that the Oath of Enlistment, which every Marine must swear to, calls for defending the Constitution against “domestic enemies.” The Oath assumes that the President of the United States will never be an enemy of the United States.
I (state your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Sgt. Stein has applied to remain in the Corps when his service period expires in the near future.Read the details of the original story here.