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Gary Stein, the founder of Armed Forces Tea Party, was under fire again from the Marine Corps for comment made about Obama.

Early today we reported that Gary Stein, the founder of Armed Forces Tea Party, was under fire again from the Marine Corps for comment made about Obama. He is officially being investigated for “making disloyal comment about the President”. 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. At this time he does not have a copy of the screen capture, which was sent by a Senior Enlisted Marine to his command. Although he has seen it and it was not a capture of the whole discussion just of a portion of it. The direct comment in question was on how he will not follow the orders off Obama. What was not give to the Marine Corps was the rest of the discussion which he further explained what those orders were unlawful orders and why. He went on to explain in the discussion that he respects the office but to the person. He has expressed that he does not mean disrespect to the office of the President, but he does not agree with the polices the Obama administration continues to press upon the people. He has since contacted Camp Pendleton base legal and was advised not to talk about the case. Also he will not be given a lawyer by the Marine Corps until his command give him a piece of paper stating what his if being investigated for. He is now back at work and filling his duties. This is an unfortunate event that stems from Military members that are not correctly educated on the 1st amendment. Members of the military have the right to say or to write what they think, up to a point. They can’t say things that encourage violence (other than as part of authorized military operations) or urge others to violate military regulations. Our military leaders need to understand and respect our rights. They need to realize that civic-minded engagement by our fighting men and women is not a sign of military weakness, but rather a sign of military strength.